GREENER LIV­ING A WIN­NER

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A north Queens­land builder was named among Aus­tralia’s best in sus­tain­able de­sign at this month’s Hous­ing In­dus­try of Aus­tralia’s GreenS­mart Awards.

Cairns MyStyle Homes took out the HIA Aus­tralian GreenS­mart Dis­play Home award for this sus­tain­able house fea­tur­ing pas­sive so­lar de­sign, ther­mal mass and light­weight con­struc­tion meth­ods.

MyStyle Homes co-owner Grant Hartwig said it was the first time a dou­ble-storey dis­play home of this size, roughly 416sq m, was awarded a 9.3 star en­ergy rat­ing.

“We were told ‘no’ to so many things that it couldn’t be done,” Mr Hartwig said.

“Up in the dou­ble storey void area, they’re ac­tu­ally au­to­mated lou­vres and for the first time … we ac­tu­ally hooked those lou­vres up to rain sen­sors, so when it rains they au­to­mat­i­cally shut.”

Mr Hartwig said the home’s sys­tem was a Con­trol4 home au­to­ma­tion, which not only mon­i­tors the Tesla power wall and en­ergy us­age, but could even de­tect a bur­glar through in­fra-red tech­nol­ogy.

“It con­trols ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing,” he said.

“We’ve got a video door­bell at the front door, so if you’re tucked away in the me­dia room and you put on a movie it will au­to­mat­i­cally lock the front door in case you’ve for­got­ten.

“If some­one presses that but­ton at the front door it will pause your movie and put that up in front of you so you can see if you want to an­swer it or not, or just stay there and watch the movie.

“It’s got in­fra-red sen­sors in the garage that can ac­tu­ally de­tect the dif­fer­ence be­tween body heat and the heat of an en­gine.

“It will text you if the garage door ac­tu­ally bounces up or if some­one snuck in as you’re driv­ing down the road it’ll ac­tu­ally text you an alert that says ‘in­truder’.”

MyStyle Home’s was de­signed by co-owner Heather Ghidella.

The home at Castle­ton En­trance, Smith­field, was com­pleted in May 2017, and was the over­all Dis­play Home win­ner at the HIA-CSR Award ear­lier this year.

MyStyle Homes won the HIA Aus­tralian GreenS­mart Dis­play Home award for this sus­tain­able house in Cairns.

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