A factory-built home designed to fit comfortably into a rainforest setting on a hillside block earned the title of Housing Industry Association - Stramit Building Products 2008 Australian Project Home of the Year for Gateway Constructions at the HIA-CSR national awards in Sydney.
The property is being used to introduce potential home buyers in Cairns to a variety of new technologies. Judges were impressed by the careful attention paid to producing an energy-responsible product.
"The design is roomy and free-flowing with innovative breezeways for a tropical climate," they said. "There has been an excellent use of space in a combination of indoor and outdoor living formats.
Gateway Constructions has stated it will continue to investigate the best methods of building, energy efficiency and design to keep its product at the forefront of 'takeaway' housing.
Congratulating Gateway Constructions, HIA Managing Director Ron Stilberberg told a packed audience at the Sydney Convention Centre the awards had once again demonstrated the depth of talent in the Australian residential construction industry.
"Despite a difficult year, home builders, designers, indeed everyone connected with our industry, have risen to the challenge of making this the best awards night ever," he said.
"The HIA-CSR Awards are recognised nationally and internationally as the premier showcase of Australian home building talent. Simply by getting this far, everyone is a winner."
HIA is Australia's peak building industry body, representing 40,000 builders, suppliers and trade contractors in all states and territories. The industry is responsible for development projects, new homes and renovation activity worth about $50 billion each year and employs more than 350,000 people.
The association's awards acknowledge excellence in housing construction, design, innovation and technology, recognising the talent of builders and building companies involved in the planning and construction of quality housing.