Members of Tasmania’s building and design community descended on Launceston recently for the official launch of the state’s first Bondor InsulLiving house – a revolutionary build with an eight-star energy rating.

Built by G&T Developments, the home in Hadspen, Launceston, showcases Bondor’s groundbreaking InsulWall and SolarSpan thermal building products, to deliver a better insulated home with lower ongoing heating and cooling expenses.

Bondor General Manager Geoff Marsdon said the InsulLiving approach had been successful in other states and had significant potential for the Tasmanian residential building sector, for designers and builders through to home owners.

“This is a first for Tasmania and we are excited to bring a new style of sustainable building to its shores,” he said.

“We believe that the thermal efficiency offered by insulated panels, along with their versatility, has been largely untapped, but is emerging as a key element in the future of the built environment.”

“The thermal technology used ensures the house stays warm in winter, which is a major advantage in cooler climates like Tasmania.”

Tasmanian builder Steve Graham of G&T Developments was inspired to build an InsulLiving house after watching a story on Today Tonight last year that featured Bondor’s prototype InsulLiving house at Burpengary, Queensland.

The Burpengary house earned an ‘as designed’ energy rating of eight stars and, following a year-long independent study into its energy consumption, achieved a ‘real life’ energy rating of 9.5 stars.

Mr Graham said he saw the InsulLiving house as his opportunity to “do something different from mainstream building”.

“This was something we could put our stamp on, while at the same time help Bondor introduce this display home to Tasmania,” he said.

“I saw the high energy rating as a positive because energy efficiency is a critical part of building,” he said.

Mr Graham said the InsulLivingTM product was tough, versatile, energy efficient and could be erected relatively quickly, with the Hadspen house finished in 16 weeks.

Built on a 780sqm block, the Hadspen house boasts four bedrooms, two bathrooms, double drive-through garage with enviro panel lift doors, double glazed windows and stunning Tasmanian oak floors in the living area.

An island bench in the kitchen, large walk-in pantry, Smeg appliances, alfresco dining area and two living areas complete the family-friendly design, geared to modern living.

“It is nice to instil confidence in people when you can build an energy-efficient home in their price range. Sustainable living has got to be the way of the future,” concluded Mr Graham.