GREENER LIVING A WINNER
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.