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SIPS | Structural Insulated Panels

What are Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)? Struc­tur­al insulated panels (SIPs) are prefabricated building panels that can be used in place of conventional timber framing and insulation for the floors, walls and roof of a building. They combine a structural skin and insulation in one airtight panel. SIPs are (generally) 10 - 20cm [...]

By |2020-03-05T15:43:55+13:00March 5th, 2020|PERSPECTIVE|

Wall Insulation | Getting It Right

Insulation not only keeps heat in during the winter months, it also keeps heat out during the summer months. It is a crucial aspect to get right when designing a new home or renovation - and a significant part of our design process. Insulation essentially limits temperature transfer between outside and inside. A large [...]

By |2019-11-19T14:18:17+13:00November 19th, 2019|PERSPECTIVE|

Introduction | Perspective Journal

The idea for our 'Perspective' journal came from reflecting on experiences and topics that reoccur regularly in our everyday practice. The kinds of topics that are common knowledge amongst 'us' here in our office, but are unknown and sometimes scary concepts for our clients. Designing and building a home can be a daunting [...]

By |2019-09-02T09:56:10+12:00August 22nd, 2019|PERSPECTIVE|

Solar Power | Is It Right For Your Home?

Nowadays solar power and solar technology are concepts that sit at the forefront of our minds; as we all grow more conscious of ideas around sustainability and environmentally friendly choices. Most of our clients who come to us to design a new home, or extensive renovation, request that solar power be considered within the [...]

By |2019-08-21T12:14:58+12:00August 13th, 2019|PERSPECTIVE|

Shou-Sugi-Ban | Charred Larch

Charred larch is the superstar of the exterior of Mackit Habitat. Richly textured, dark and mysterious, it is a robust cladding that doesn’t pretend to be anything other than what it is. Charring timber is an ancient Japanese technique called Shou Sugi Ban, which dates back to the 18th century. Similar techniques have been [...]

By |2019-08-21T12:21:03+12:00August 8th, 2019|MACKIT HABITAT|

Warm Roof | A Superstar of Thermal Efficiency

A warm roof is a little unconventional, but it solves many common problems. Basically, the difference between a warm roof and a conventional ‘cold’ roof, is that the insulation layer is on the outside of the framing, rather than in the ceiling space or between rafters. The roof cladding is installed directly over the insulation, [...]

By |2019-06-20T16:18:20+12:00June 20th, 2019|PERSPECTIVE|

Products & Materials Feature | James Hardie EasyLap Cladding

The choices in cladding systems appear to be endless. When we start our designs, we have an image in mind of how we would like the building to appear. In Habitat’s case, we were aiming for a striking silhouette of the angular form. Therefore, the cladding had to be: Monolithic or with very subtle [...]

By |2019-08-21T12:20:33+12:00May 28th, 2019|MACKIT HABITAT|

Aluminium Joinery | R-Values, Low-E and Argon – Oh My!

It was an exciting day on site on last Tuesday when Nulook CHB delivered the first lot of our Aluminium Joinery to site. During the design phase of the project, we invested a lot of time selecting products that would ensure that Habitat would be a would be warm, dry and comfortable home. The [...]

By |2019-05-27T17:23:02+12:00March 20th, 2019|MACKIT HABITAT|