CSR Hebel has joined residential property developer AVJennings and their partner, the Steve Waugh Foundation in their initiative to build a new home for a children’s charity auction.

The initiative involves the design, construction and sale of a residential home, The Renee II located in the AVJennings community Lyndarum in Epping, Victoria. The Renee II is the second residential home to be built through the Steve Waugh Foundation and AVJennings partnership. The previous project, The Renee, generated significant revenue after being auctioned in 2013 with the profits of the sale directed towards the Steve Waugh Foundation, a charity that strives to improve the quality of life of children affected by rare diseases. 

Hebel PowerPanel XL is an innovative building material commonly used by builders and architects for its design, construction efficiency and sustainability benefits. The Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) panels were selected by AVJennings to complete the new home development.

The Renee II is a bespoke design using Liveable Housing Principles, and incorporating a monolithic finish. National Design Manager John Eckert from AVJennings explained that the design objective was to have a house with a very strong visual impact while still matching market expectations. He added Hebel was able to fulfil all criteria with the added advantages of fast building and excellent environmental performance.

CSR Hebel commenced the installation of their AAC panels at The Renee II site in October. Hebel PowerPanel XL has proven to be the right choice for the project. According to Hebel CEO, Andrew Rottinger, Hebel has solid environmental credentials and provides great acoustic and thermal performance. Building with Hebel facilitates creative innovative design via an efficient construction method, especially with the new and improved PowerPanel XL system. 

The Renee II will be finished and auctioned in March 2014 with all profits generated going to the Foundation. 

Steve Waugh AO, Founder of the charity was present at the CSR Hebel installation together with Foundation Ambassador Renee Eliades in the role of site manager. AVJennings named both projects after the young grant recipient who lives with a rare disease called Geleophysic Dysplasia, which affects the development of bones in the body. The 21-year-old Renee is often mistaken for a 3-year-old. Renee requires oxygen 24 hours a day, which is where the Renee II collaboration will assist, with profits made from the initiative to provide equipment such as portable oxygen tanks for Renee and other children in need.