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Sustainable Modular Housing

Hybrid Housing

Quicksmart's designs for resort buildings surpasses most environmental standards for insulation, water attenuation and in this particular case, camouflage. Having a design that is not only environmentally sustainable but also fitting well into the surroundings was part of the brief for Quicksmart's most recent project design.

Green roof technology hasn't really caught on in Australia but with more efforts being made to save water and collect surface run off the value of green roofs is certainly worth considering. On this particular project is also helped with the large amounts of rainfall that the location has every year and reduces the impact of the surface run off into the local infrastructure.

But green roofs are heavy and most traditional lightweight housing has real issues with supporting this highly sustainable product application. But not Quicksmart Homes.

Quicksmart Homes' structural roof designs suit green roof application without any adaption or additional supports. Quicksmart's modules are designed to withstand the highest wind loadings, including cyclone ratings, and the addition of green roof loadings is well within the capacity of the Quicksmart modules. Quickmart have also designed, mainly for remote worker housing, the facility to collect large volumes of rain water in sub-tanks under the module structure thus remocing the need for cumbersome tanks and additional foundations and slabs.

QSH Eco House 1

Building in a sensitive environment is perfect for Quicksmart's new design for hotels and resorts. Designed to be delivered in a number of configurations the 60sqm units can be joined together, placed apart and joined with a public area or situated on their own.

QSH Eco House 2

This isn't the first eco project Quicksmart have been involved with and Quicksmart's student housing project at the ANU in Canberra was awarded an environmental award. Also, Quicksmart's first modules were very much in the sustainable market place and one of the 'originals' has just been re-erected on a site in the Southern Highlands of NSW. We'll post photos when we've finished them.

Taking the efficiencies of our production runs for hospitals and hotels Quicksmart's housing products benefits from commercial grade finishes at domestic construction pricing.

Backyard container housing...

Hybrid Housing

Container housing in your back yard - or in this case our front yard - courtesy of the reality TV industry is not what we expected a couple of weeks ago. So we kept a close and careful eye on what they were up to on our beautiful sunny patch of Sydney.

Five twenty foot containers arrived and were landed on wooden bites and then left for the weekend. The erection team, after thorough investigation, revealed that the boxes were to be transformed by a group of couples under the careful supervision of professional designers and tradesmen.

Great idea and terrific exposure for container housing.

We shan't spoil it for those of you who enjoy the reality of people doing such things and we won't comment on the results (or show you the ending) but here are some photos...

Backyard Containers

Our only comment.... and the reality shot that will probably get edited out of the show...

Skippy come home?

Just remember - this is a sustainable exercise and factory production reduces waste, time and cost.

What we wanted to do was show the producers what Quicksmart could have put together out of the type and amount of waste materials in the skips (and we counted about 5 - one per house).

Still, eggs and omelettes and from what we could see at our excellent local cafe/eatery the TV industry knows how to spend those advertising dollars.

Building without a budget - still a dream in the real world - but that's entertainment.

Disaster Housing 2

The natural disaster event toll for 2011 hopefully won't get any bigger with Christchurch and now Japan's seismic activity setting rescue services and government rebuilding programmes monumental tasks.

We discussed disaster housing in previous issues and Quicksmart Homes' unique design for a temp to perm housing solution for Christchurch. Now the subject is getting more air time as Japan announced large modular home building programmes to provide shelter for it's homeless citizens.

Japan is a technologically advanced and well organised place and it's industry and management have long been a marvel in the Western world. What stands itself apart from other countries in this situation is it's planning for the worst.

The day after the earthquake Japan's government announced substantial orders for modular homes to replace housing in the main prefecture. The Japan Prefabricated Construction Suppliers and Manufacturers Association mobilsed the highly automated and productive housing providers around Japan to manufacture and erect the buildings. A total of 33,000 houses have been ordered so far for the three main prefectures affected by the tsunami and quake.

The 14 main housing members of the association had delivered an erected some 200 dwellings in the first prefecture by the end of the second week of deployment and have increased productivity in other factories to increase delivery and erection as quickly as possible. They are now rebuilding at an incredible rate.

Japanese Housing

Organisation and clear planning.

So if the Japanese can do it, why can't the UN or Red Cross?

The Japanese scale of disaster calls for multiple deployment of very simple housing. Standardised product ready for production with agreed pricing and organisation to back up the planning. Japan also has very organised, compliant and determined citizens.

The world wide requirement is for culturally diverse products in varying places with differing logistics. Japan is very different theatre of operation to say Northern Pakistan or the jungles of Borneo.

We wish the Japanese people the best of luck and determination and hope they can recover from the recent disaster and rebuild their towns and villages as quickly as possible.