Tasmania’s first InsulLiving house built using Bondor products was recently launched in Hadspen, Launceston.
Built by G&T Developments, the stylish home with an eight-star energy rating showcases Bondor’s ground-breaking InsulWall and SolarSpan thermal building products to deliver a better insulated living space with lower ongoing heating and cooling expenses.
Bondor General Manager Geoff Marsdon explains that the InsulLiving approach has been successful in other states and has significant potential for the Tasmanian residential building sector including designers, builders and home owners.
Introducing a new style of sustainable building in Tasmania, Bondor believes 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. Mr Marsdon adds that the thermal technology ensures the house stays warm in winter, which is a major advantage in cooler climates such as Tasmania.
InsulLiving homes can be tailored to fit all budgets, starting with a simple design for small budgets and expanding with the family through the easy addition of further modules. The quick build time also reduces on-site labour costs.
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; following a year-long independent study into its energy consumption, the house achieved a high ‘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’. Building sustainable houses was the way of the future and something he believed in and hoped the people of Tasmania would believe in it as well.
Mr Graham said the InsulLiving product was tough, versatile and energy efficient, and could be erected relatively quickly, with the Hadspen house finished in 16 weeks.
Built on a 780m² 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.
The display home is open to the public on Saturdays, 11.30am to 12.30pm, or by appointment.