Ecohousing -10 Star Energy Efficient

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Posted on 23-12-2013

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Ecohousing Manufacture and build Houses to suit the Climate anywhere in Australia.

These houses are marketed as 10 STAR CLIMATE PROOF HOMES.

All of our houses are 10 Star Energy Efficient, from the coldest climates in Australia to the hottest.

We have at present designed 3 and 4 bedroom houses to be built in Cloncurry for The Cloncurry Council and local residents in Cloncurry including various mining interests who require their mining workers to reside with their families in Cloncurry instead of the expensive and debilitating method of Fly in Fly out in use at present.

In early 2014 Ecohousing will be building a 335m² 3 Bed 2 Bath residence for The Cloncurry Council which will initially be used as a Display House so that the Council, local Residents, mining interests and surrounding Rural people and land holders can evaluate housing specially built to withstand the severe climate of the outback.

Built elevated with verandas on 3 sides and built with Ecohousing’s 100mm thick Wall Roof and Floor Panels, manufactured initially at their manufacturing facility at Kunda Park on the Sunshine Coast with injected Polyurethane to an R value of R 5 +

This will allow people to finally being able to live in the hot 40°C plus temperatures
of Australia’s Outback in comfort year round, with nil or minimal use of air conditioners saving thousands of dollars yearly in electricity bills.

On this page you can view the plan of the eco house being built for the Cloncurry Council, and also other designs for the Council, it is anticipated that there could be a need for at least 1000 houses in the area as Cloncurry builds up to the status of the Central City of North West Queensland, If the initial build up is successful Ecohousing will establish a large manufacturing plant in Cloncurry to manufacture and supply their Climate Proof Homes in a radius of at least 1000km.

This will also enable Ecohousing to supply decent housing on a large scale to the indigenous communities over a wide area. Designed in consultation with the communities who will be involved in the building of the houses they will be living in. This is in contrast with the present methods which clearly has not been successful, as there is no consultation or participation of the indigenous communities.

Ecohousing is also looking at the possibility of a manufacturing plant going into Kununurra WA where there is a major need for indigenous housing in both the East and the West Kimberley’s as well as the top of the Northern Territory easily accessible from Kununurra.

At present Ecohousing has a manufacturing plant in Lae PNG operated by the PNG natives who also build the houses and schools themselves at present.

Outback Series – House Plans
Cloncurry 9b 40x20m Block
Cloncurry 9a Wide Front Block
Cloncurry 10 on 40mx20m Block

Nauru Detention Centre Facility Fire Debacle

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Posted on 19-10-2013

Tonny Bergqvist CEO of Ecohousing is speaking from Malaysia, where he is coordinating the supply of 5000 homes in to the region, Mr Bergqvist watched in  dismay as the events unfolded in Nauru at the time of the fires and expressed his view on the detention centre fires  which he said were 100% avoidable if only the Australian Government did not keep repeating the mistake of allowing the building of detention centres with highly flammable Polystyrene cored building panels and commented the following on the fires-

The Nauru Detention Centre Fires on Sunday July 21st 2013 highlights the Australian Authorities inability to come to grips with the need to build Detention Centre Accommodation Buildings that cannot readily be set on fire by simply using Cigarette lighters to light the highly flammable Expanded Polystyrene “EPS” building  panels these buildings are made from.

In this case at Nauru the inmates of the centre were refugee boat people, they did not have access to the amount of fuel it would take to cause this amount of damage had the buildings been made of normal building materials, The inmates made sure to evacuate all the buildings prior to lighting the fires, otherwise the death toll would have been catastrophic, they were well aware that the fuel was lodged in the building panels themselves and they only had to use cigarette lighters to ignite this fuel i.e. the Polystyrene Core.

This same procedure have been used in Detention Centres for  a decade now  starting with the numerous fires in 2003  where 5 detention Centres were set alight over Christmas 2003, most burning simultaneous as the inmates of the various camps – Baxter in South Australia on December 27th 2003 quickly followed by Port Headland – Woomera – Christmas Island  - and Villawood in Sydney, the various detention centre camp inmates simply called each other on mobile phones with instructions on how to tear the metal sheeting of the panels in a corner of the panels (you can do this with your bare hands) then simply setting the Polystyrene alight with a cigarette lighter.

More Fires followed again at the Baxter facility on November 2005 –Villawood Sydney again on April 20th 2011 – Darwin August 31st 2011, I may have missed some however it is mind boggling that The Australian Government again allowed a detention centre to be build using exactly the same fire hazardous Polystyrene materials that burnt down the numerous detention centres as recorded here, when Authorities would have known quite well why they were so easy to destroy.

The cost to the Australians Tax Payers runs into Billions of Dollars.
So what begs the Question is:

  1. Why did the Australian  Government allow these hazardous Polystyrene building products to be used on a Government project in Nauru in 2013 ?.
  2. It was reported that Insurance was paid out on the Fire in Nauru, when it is a well-known fact that Insurance companies refuse to pay out on Polystyrene insulated commercial d buildings. This has been the case for a number of years now resulting in major manufacturers of Cold-rooms  having been forced to cease manufacturing Cold-rooms with Polystyrene cores and having to use the far more expensive  Fire safe product of PIR Polyurethane as the core.
  3. What building materials are to be used for the re-building of the Nauru detention centre camps this time, materials that will not burn or the same Polystyrene building panels as usual, with no regard for the subsequent cost of rebuilding the camps when they are burnt down again ?.

Tonny Bergqvist
CEO Ecohousing.

Past Media Releases

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Posted on 07-04-2013

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Please view past media releases involving Ecohousing

Sunshine Coast Industry Networking Event

The Sandalwood Sanctuary – Kununurra, Western Australia

Demand Heating Up

Green Homes for reef pilots:

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