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HIA Award winner sets new regional standard - Stramit Building Products Media Release
last updated 01/07/08
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HIA Award winner sets new regional standard - Stramit Building Products Media Release HIA Award winner sets new regional standard - Stramit Building Products Media Release


HIA Award winner sets new regional standard - Stramit Building Products Media Release


HIA Award winner sets new regional standard - Stramit Building Products Media Release

A steel-clad house at Port Macquarie was awarded Most Innovative Use of Steel by the NSW division of the HIA at its 2006 Housing Awards.

The judges were impressed by the use of proven ideas to create an alternative housing solution that was appropriate to its environment. The Judges’ Citation described the house’s modern design as “back to the future” because of its traditional inspiration.

Project builder Little Beach Building Company combined two of its standard designs, the Pavilion and the Courtyard, which can be adapted by using alternative cladding materials, varying roof lines and adding or subtracting living and bedroom modules.

The home owners opted to clad the entire external wall and roof areas with COLORBOND® steel because of its light weight and easy maintenance, coupled with its excellent insulation properties.

In their citation, the HIA judges also praised the combination of vertical and horizontal Stramit Corrugated cladding and the effective use of colour. Colorbond Paperbark was used on the lower part of the building and Dune for the upper section, including the skillion roofs. Jasper window trims set off the contemporary colour scheme.

Architect Chris Jenkins said the house was the result of an exploration of ideas to create a building that was suited to its environment and was within an affordable budget. The house uses the most freely available, cost-effective building materials and assembles them in an innovative manner.

Chris Jenkins said that he, like Little Beach owners Kim and Peter Ruming, had long been concerned with the type of housing available to the project home buyer on the Mid-North Coast. “Very little of it is appropriate to our climate, and it doesn’t reflect the character of the region - it could be found anywhere in Australia.”

“This building does reflect the regional character,” he said. “With its three separate skillion roofs, it looks like a modern farmhouse but it could be equally at home by the sea.”

The home has a simple design that maximises efficient use of space, while providing good cross-ventilation and incorporating passive solar principles in all living areas and bedrooms.

Chris said the house also addressed the global concerns of energy and water use. The innovative plan is only one room thick at any point, ensuring ample natural light and ventilation for summer cooling to minimise energy consumption. In winter, thermal mass in the floor stores heat from the sun during the day for re-radiation during the night. Rainwater is harvested, stored in a 22,500-litre tank and reused throughout the house.

The house is located in a new sub-division and is surrounded by conventional homes. Although the design of the home stands out from its neighbours, its earthy colours also blend into the landscape.

Project:
Project Home

Location:
Port Macquarie, NSW

Builder:
Little Beach Building Company

Architects:
Chris Jenkins Design

Roof & Wall Cladding:
Stramit Building Products

Resource Acknowledgements
Source: Stramit Building Products media release
Trademark Acknowledgements:  COLORBOND®, ZINCALUME®, TRUECORE® and BlueScope® are registered trademarks of BlueScope Steel Limited, ABN 16 000 011 058.