Smart home design sets new benchmark for tropical living

first_imgFROM recycled concrete to the latest in technology and droughtproof gardening design, North Shore’s new building innovation display home is hoped to set a new benchmark for smart and sustainable living in the tropics.With construction set to start in June, Innovation House 2.0 will become Townsville’s second 10-star energy efficiency rated home, with concept plans hoped to become the norm for future housing construction across North Queensland.Builder Darren Finlay, who owns and designed North Shore’s first Innovation House in 2014, will again spearhead the project.Director of Innovation House Darren Finlay and Stocklands Project Director Andrew Astorquia at the North Shore Innovation House project site. Picture: Shae Beplate.“A big part of this project is also to ensure the concept is affordable … so we’ve come up with a model that’s based on good solar principals,” Mr Finlay said.“We also want to ensure we implement healthy home design. Not a lot of people are aware of all the chemicals that go into a home.“That ‘new home’ smell you often hear about is actually the chemicals put into your home and to smell those isn’t a good thing.“We’re also considering disconnecting the house from the grid and instead run it over a battery system.”North Shore project director Andrew Astorquia said the project was also an opportunity for community groups, businesses and individuals to bring their ideas forward.Darren Finlay’s original Townsville Innovation House, which was completed three years ago, features a water tank, a chicken coop, vegetable beds and vertical gardens, a brick oven, an outdoor shower, compost bins, low watering grass, a patio and a basketball court.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“More than 10,000 people are expected to visit The Innovation Home Project when it is opens at North Shore early next year,” he said.“That is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who has innovative and sustainable building products, lifestyle applications or smart home technologies to generate local exposure.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:22Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:22 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAll aboard this floating abode 01:22 Related videos 01:22All aboard this floating abode 00:38Opod: the low-cost micro home01:09Indoor plants to clean the air00:29Multi award-winning treehouse00:53Eco-friendly Aussie buys00:53Mod PoolsMr Astorquia said North Shore was working with Innovation House Australia research institutions, suppliers and Townsville City Council.“We want to create the best possible model for not only innovation, but livability, style and function,” he said. “It is important that we continue to look for smarter ways to build and live.”Stockland North Shore is seeking expressions of interest from relevant researchers, suppliers, manufacturers or installers of innovative building products, home technology, furniture and homewares to be involved in the project.To get involved contact Andrew Astorquia on 0434 182 658 or Innovation House Australia on 0437 220 631.last_img read more