HOUSES that have no airconditioners or gas have been recognised as the future of the industry.
Burswood-based company Right Homes has won national awards for its Lathlain development, The Siding.
The builders won the Residential Development, Water Efficiency and Energy Efficiency prizes at the Housing Industry Association Australian GreenSmart Awards for the apartments.
Among the people living in the units are Lindsay Miles and her husband Glen McLeod-Thorpe.
Mrs Miles said they saw a previous project that the The Green Swing was involved in but were not able to secure an apartment, so the couple bought an apartment at The Siding before it was built.
“I like the idea of community; we previously lived in units with doors that were placed away from our neighbours, so we rarely saw them,” she said.
“You can congregate in the shared areas; we never wanted to maintain our own garden but we like sharing a communal garden.
“It’s sustainable and future-proof; the unit was fine in summer but it was a little cold in winter.”
Right Homes owner and director Gary Wright said the brief his company received was to create sustainable, water and energy-saving homes with a communal aspect.
“There is no artificial heating or cooling, which we’ve had no complaints about,” he said.
“We’ve also implemented healthy home initiatives like not including gas to keep low volatile organic compounds to a minimum.
“The utility bills are next to nothing; there are rainwater tanks that reduce the cost of water. We used timber rather than steel to reduce our carbon footprint.”
Mr Wright said to receive the awards for the development was a positive sign and complimentary for the ideas he had used.
“I think it’s a product of the future. The market place doesn’t realise it exists yet but in Europe and around the world similar ideas are being used,” he said.