Week 22

It’s Week 22 and the finishing line is in sight!  In the past fortnight the floors tiles have been laid, and the vanities have started to be installed including the kitchen  en-suite and the laundry. This is the first of two kitchens being installed in the house. Later on in the year, after a fun competition (keep your eyes peeled for that one) we will be pulling that one out, and installing a second kitchen thanks to the awesome team at Moduline.

Away from the house our landscaper has been busy designing the quadrants of the garden, and we’ve had a special delivery from Cardwell for a feature in the backyard. The web guys have been busy writing content fro the website, while our designers are finalising the logo.

Have a great weekend!


Week 19

Its Week 19 and the rain clouds are crowding around!

A quick update for you all. We finalised all sheeting last week in preparation for the start of plastering, and possibly the tiling this week. With the house progressing  nicely the marketing team have also be busy starting the Innovation House website with the guys at James Cook University. And our artists have  been working their hearts out on the recycling artwork concept. The exhibition of these pieces will open the evening of Friday March 1st. Keep your eyes peeled in your inbox as invitations will be coming soon.

With the end in site it is all starting to become very exciting!

Week 16 & Glass Louver Door

Week 16 and how hot is this heat! As our air-conditioners keep us cool and we start to wonder about the power bill, its a good reminder to us all about why we are building the Innovation House. On days like this week it begs the question, will our house, designed specifically for the tropical weather conditions, stand up in this heat? And more importantly will it keep us cool, while keeping the power bill down? We are very excited to pose answers to these questions next summer!

In the meantime the house is on a small pause as we finalise all of the wiring, monitoring systems and NBN connections being installed in the house. Once we are 100% confident that we have put in everything we want and need the internal sheeting will begin on the house.

This week I’d like to introduce you to our custom made front door specifically made for the Innovation House. The team from Bradnam’s Townsville designed this one of a kind Glass Louver Door. The idea is that by having louvers on the front door and being able to open them, we will be able to capture the breeze and funnel it through the house, meaning that we should be able to cool the house, and keep it cool faster, and cheaper. Its one of the new features being implemented at the home to combat rising energy costs and use.

COLORBOND® Coolmax® Steel in Whitehaven®

Have you ever driven by someone’s house and wondered why they have their roof in that colour? Or why did they choose steel over tiles?

The type of material you use on your roof, and the colour you choose will have a lasting impact on the temperature, energy and heating or cooling costs for the life of your home.

Having a cooler, more energy efficient building makes financial as well as environmental sense, so your choice of roof material is important. In the Innovation House we will trial a new product by COLORBOND®, called Coolmax® Steel in Whitehaven®. COLORBOND® Coolmax® steel aims to assist in maximising the thermal performance of your building, by potentially helping to reduce the annual cooling energy costs of your building by up to 7.5% when compared to COLORBOND® steel in Surfmist®.

In late 2012 the Innovation House had its roof installed, and as you can see it is quite a feature.

Week 7

There are a number of incentives to installing the COLORBOND® Coolmax® steel including the potential for a reduction on the capacity of the air-conditioning equipment you install, as well as a payback on your initial investment premium within 5 years.  If you’re interested in finding out more email contact@finlayhomes.com.au or give the office a call on (07) 4758 4758

Information was originally created by COLORBOND®


Week 13

Happy New Year! We are on deck and full steam ahead with 2013!

Just before we left for Christmas the house reached Lock Up Stage, which was quite a feat produced by all of the supervisors, tradies and labourers. The house was sheeted, windows in, and wiring almost complete. With all trades due back next week, the internals of the house will next be sheeted. On the last day of work we headed out to the Bunnings Tradestore on Webb Drive to see where some of our materials are coming from for the build of the house. The staff were very helpful and gave a quick tour of  the James Hardie products we were using on that day.

With the first week of the working week almost over for 2013 the team in the office have been busy planning and scheduling the first quarter of the year. The website, opening weekend, competitions, and editable gardens are some of the exciting things coming up!

What are you looking forward to most seeing in the house?

Week 8

We have officially reached the 2 month mark with construction of the house this week! And it has been full steam ahead since we began on Monday 15th October, that we are in fact a week early in our timeline.

This week has seen the continued installing of all of our monitoring and sensor equipment. Being an essential part of the reporting and data collection process this is a very important stage. Michael from AV Design in Townsville has been instrumental in helping us set up and organise all of this equipment. He and Darren are being interviewed this week about this process by the Townsville Bulletin, so keep an eye on in Saturday’s paper for them.

Also this week Bunnings hosted a BBQ at the house as a bit of a celebration, but also to introduce their staff to the house, and educate them on the type of products we are using in construction.

At this stage we may very well be at lock up before Christmas!

Have a good week.


Week 7

Welcome to week 7, which I think may be one of the most exciting weeks so far. The purpose of Innovation House is to enable us to trial, test and collect data on how efficient a house can be, and to experiment with alternative avenues. This week we started to install the wiring and monitoring systems that James Cook University will use to monitor the house. The awesome guys from AV Design have been busy starting the long process of installing and connecting all the wiring. This process will take us up to Christmas.

Week 6

It’s been 6 weeks since we first entered the site and the house is full steam ahead. The past fortnight has seen guttering, tie downs, internal walls and roof all installed. We’ve used a new product from Colorbond called Coolmax Steel in Whitehaven for the roof. It is a highly reflective material and brand new to the market. I’ll cover it more in depth in a future post.

As we head towards the final weeks of the year we are hoping to make lock up before Christmas, which includes starting the installation process of the wiring and monitoring systems!

Week 4

It’s been a busy couple of weeks at the Innovation House.

Last week we had the guys from Termimesh in Townsville out to the house to layout the Termimesh system. They use an environmentally friendly product that is made from stainless steel, and has been technically proven to be 100% effective by the CSIRO. Their product will ensure we have a poison free garden, and a safe and health home.

If you’d like to know more about Termimesh or how it is installed flick over to the guys website at http://www.termimesh.com.au

Along with the Termimesh we also started installing the frames and trusses of the house. The house is actually starting to look like a house! Which is very exciting. In the meantime our interior designer, Jackie, has been busy finalising the finishing details of the house. We’ve also been in touch with some local artist, and Studio 2 about collaborating on an exciting up coming project. We’ll tell you more about it soon.

Have a good week!

Concrete come fly with me!

Even as a builder you have a tendency not to realize the complexities of products in a modern home. One that I’m sure few of us understand well is concrete. OK so you mix some sand and cement together, add a bit of water and boom there it is.

Hmmm when you dig deeper, you’ll be surprised how complex it is! Cement referred to sometimes as Portland cement, is made from natural raw materials like Calcium Carbonate (Limestone, coral or Chalk), Silica, Alumina and Iron oxide (mainly in the forms of clay and shale) which is all ground together, then feed into a rotating kiln. These kilns reach an approx temperature of 1500 degrees Celsius. Out the other side comes ceramic like balls that are known as Clinker! The clinker then cools slightly and then is finely ground with a small amount of gypsum and then we have Cement. Wow there a process you take for granted.

By the way, Portland cement doesn’t come from the American city Portland. The name comes from the large production hub in the early 1900’s which was on isle of Portland area in Dorset, England. The raw material early year was made from Portland Stone, lots more pointless trivia for this weekend’s BBQ for you.

Australia now produces some of its own cement which is good but as you can see its quite and intensive process, both from a raw resources and a power and energy point of view.

So what’s being done to change that?
Companies like Boral are working towards refining the processes to change the product mixes to reduce the impacts.

So like what?
In the innovation house we are using a product called envirocrete.

How is it different?
Well in its concrete mix, it uses 70 % cement and 30% Fly ash, then adds them to the other parts like aggregates and water to make concrete.

What’s fly Ash?
It’s a waste material from coal fired power stations (of which we have a few of in NQ!) .

That’s pretty cool!

So buy using some waste materials we get good reduction in our impact (read Carbon emissions) and the product is great, it’s Grey and Hard, everything you want in concrete.

Come and check it out at some stage when we get it finished.