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.
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 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.
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.
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 email@example.com or give the office a call on (07) 4758 4758
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?
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.
This year Finlay Homes are on a quest to discover, what makes a sustainable home sustainable?
Tired of the multiple questions surrounding sustainability with no solid answers, we’ve decided to find the answers ourselves! This year we are building a brand new display home jam packed with as many energy saving, green options and ideas we can find. The home will be open for you to visit, explore and experience for yourselves for 12 months. At which point Darren Finlay and his family will move in to the home to really test out their ‘sustainable claims’. With monitoring facilities in the house, Ergon Energy and James Cook University will be able to obtain and share real data, from real people, living in an affordable sustainable home built for the tropics.
Darren will be taking you on his journey from the initial stages of building the home, discussing reasons for his choices, through to actually living in the house, and his experiences with the products.
To join the journey find us at https://www.facebook.com/innovationhousetsv