Bondor opened its eight-star energy-efficient InsulLiving home in Burpengary, Queensland on 30 August 2011.
The InsulLiving project, developed by Australian building products business Bondor, utilizes InsulWall and SolarSpan insulated products to ensure a system that offers significant financial and environmental advantages.
The InsulLiving home’s benefits include the use of thermal technologies to provide zero-energy living and a building time estimated to be 34% faster than traditional “brick and stick” construction. The building time is so rapid that “lock-up” is estimated to be achieved within 10 days from the slab being ready for the average home.
Bondor general manager Geoff Marsdon said the InsulLiving approach had significant advantages for designers, builders and home owners.
“The prototype home will demonstrate how uncomplicated it can be to build an aesthetically pleasing home that meets and exceeds thermal performance requirements, using technology that enables people to save on future energy bills,” Marsdon says. Benefits for the developer include a significant reduction in building materials, meaning fewer transport journeys and a reduced carbon footprint during construction.
Bondor has been developing the InsulWall solution for the past five years with Bluescope Steel and Dulux Acratex. This year, Bondor was awarded a $50,000 Queensland Government Proof of Concept Fund for the project. The Queensland University of Technology’s research last year into the use of insulated panels found Bondor’s structural insulated panels provide “a complete walling and roofing solution that can meet and exceed the current and future thermal efficiency requirements of the Building Code of Australia, for residential dwellings in a range of climate zones.”