Third place winner of the Insurance Council of Australia's 2011
Annual Resilience Award.
To develop and submit resilient housing design concepts that
incorporate inherent protection, through design and material
selection, for the building envelope and its contents, from flood,
hail, extreme rainfall, fire and windstorm.
The House of Parts is a unique new building system - an entirely
new approach to design and delivery of the built environment. It
incorporates improved standards making it a practical, flexible,
energy-efficient way to construct affordable houses. High-precision
manufacturing of the parts happens in a safe, efficient
environment, minimising cost overruns, delays, quality-control
issues, and other
site related problems.
High-strength, lightweight, non-combustible, composite materials
(structure and wall panels are made with fibreglass with phenolic
resin, with rigid PIR insulation) make the House of Parts highly
suitable for construction in areas affected by flood, cyclone,
earthquake, bushfire, corrosive
salt spray, climatic extremes or attack from insects.
The system delivers homes that are highly energy efficient, with
low maintenance, and the flexibility to reconfigure buildings,
interchange components, or take down and re-use them. In addition,
House of Parts eliminates six or more site trades, increases
safety, and enables
projects to be completed in days or weeks rather than months.
These aspects will be particularly useful if any part suffers
cosmetic damage through one of the five events, enabling the
occupants to be able to stay in place while the part is
The system has been designed to have clean and uncluttered
lines, in many different configurations. The aesthetics reflect the
simple structural approach of the pier and beam structure with
infill panels and attachments. The composite roof panels provide a
seamless solution to roof, insulation and ceiling. Connections of
all parts involve proprietary fittings, which have no need for
drilling or nailing. This
has been designed to allow awnings, facades, screens and fixtures
to be added or altered at any stage. The modular design allows for
easy additions or modifications to the design at any time.
The panels and the beams incorporate accessible ducting for all
electrical and plumbing requirements, eliminating the need for
skirtings, while the integral connection systems for the panels and
windows/ doors make architraves redundant.
This particular house design builds on the system's attributes
by bringing great flexibility to its occupation and use. The house
can be occupied as a 3 bedroom family home with additional living
area. Should the family situation change, the ground floor can be
used as a 2 bedroom
residence with the upper floor used separately as a one bedroom
apartment. This ensures the house is truly resilient and durable in
a social sense as well as physical.
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