Build­ing for the fu­ture

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - HOME - Jes­sica Howard Email jes­sica. howard@ news. com. au

HIGHLY effi cient build­ing ma­te­ri­als and tech­niques, which are start­ing to be adopted here from north­ern Euro­pean coun­tries, will be­come stan­dard prac­tice in the hope­fully not- too- dis­tant fu­ture, says one pi­o­neer­ing Tas­ma­nia- based ar­chi­tect.

Core Col­lec­tive ar­chi­tect and tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor of build­ing com­pany Clinka, Ryan Strat­ing, is cur­rently build­ing a 10- star en­ergy rated home in Wood­bridge, which he hopes will be­come a pro­to­type for fu­ture houses in the state.

Im­port­ing build­ing prod­ucts from Den­mark, the clinka ma­te­rial is a type of ex­panded clay used for in­su­la­tion, which can also be bonded with ce­ment and sand to cre­ate ma­sonry bricks known as isoBloks.

By pour­ing con­crete piers into the ground and sit­ting foot­ing blocks on top, the home will be in­su­lated from the ground up.

“As an ar­chi­tect, I’d say the hous­ing stock in Tas­ma­nia is very poor, even by nor­mal Aus­tralian stan­dards,” Ryan said.

“When you com­pare Aus­tralia to other coun­tries of a sim­i­lar eco­nomic level, our hous­ing qual­ity is quite poor.

“We want th­ese ma­te­ri­als and tech­niques to be­come main­stream be­cause it works re­ally well, it’s easy to use and is no more ex­pen­sive than stan­dard ma­sonry con­struc­tion but per­forms much bet­ter.”

The two to three- bed­room house of­fers open- plan liv­ing, with a mod­ern kitchen, a lounge fea­tur­ing a wood­fire and a cov­ered ter­race ad­join­ing the home.

Effi cient but durable tim­ber alu­minium com­pos­ite win­dows, a large triple- glazed wall on the north side of the house, wa­ter tanks and a state- of- the- art waste treat­ment sys­tem are some of the other el­e­ments which come to­gether to con­trib­ute to the prop­erty’s an­tic­i­pated 10- star rat­ing.

“Ten stars is based on en­ergy con­sump­tion, so it means the build­ing doesn’t need any heat­ing or cool­ing, it will stay at a com­fort­able tem­per­a­ture range nat­u­rally,” Ryan said.

“The glass is nor­mally the weak point in a build­ing. The glass on this build­ing would prob­a­bly be twice as in­su­lat­ing as any of the pre­mium glaz­ing prod­ucts you can get at the mo­ment in Tas­ma­nia.”

The spec­u­la­tive house, which is due to be com­pleted early next year, is cur­rently up for sale and is al­ready gain­ing quite a bit of at­ten­tion.

“As soon as it went up on realestate. com. au, we got a call from a cou­ple in Syd­ney who have a prop­erty in Wood­bridge, so we’re work­ing with them on a de­sign that is ba­si­cally a re­vised ver­sion of this,” Ryan said.

“So they won’t have to pay huge ar­chi­tec­tural fees for a de­signed house and we know pretty close what the cost is go­ing to be.”

Given enough in­ter­est and in­vest­ment, Ryan, who is also the ar­chi­tect re­spon­si­ble for the re­design of the for­mer Mer­cury build­ing, is pas­sion­ate about get­ting more of the in­dus­try on board.

“We’re hop­ing we get enough of a turnover on this ma­te­rial to be able to man­u­fac­ture all the prod­ucts here soon,” he said.

“We don’t re­ally want to be im­port­ing this for very long. We’re only im­port­ing it to try and build a mar­ket that can sup­port a lo­cal in­dus­try.

“I’d love to do it here in Tassie. We’ve even got in­vestors in­ter­ested in a Tas­ma­nian de­vel­op­ment be­cause there are peo­ple who want to see new tech­nolo­gies tri­alled down here.”

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