Thermomass concrete sandwich panels from Composite Global Solutions were used in an award-winning residential construction in Hanging Rock.

Designed by Kerstin Thompson Architects (KTA), who chose Thermomass concrete sandwich panels to meet the client’s desire for a ‘brutalist use of materials’, the house at Hanging Rock has been able to harmonise a correctly proportioned form with function that manages to seamlessly integrate with the natural surroundings.

The KTA-designed home won several awards including Australian Institute of Architects Victorian State Harold Desbrowe-Annear Award for Residential Architecture and Australia’s top residential architectural prize, the 2014 Robin Boyd Award for Residential House.

Composite Global Solutions’ Thermomass concrete sandwich panels were used for the walls to ensure their project delivered an optimum thermal envelope that could withstand even the harshest of summers, while still satisfying the strict Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) rating required in the area.

Uniquely suited to the Australian climate that often experiences wild temperature differentials throughout a 24-hour period, Thermomass concrete sandwich panels are installed in such a way that the insulation is placed towards the outside of the panel, leaving the bulk of the internal mass on the inside of the structure. This reduces diurnal swings significantly and eliminates the need for additional non-passive cooling.