Our long-standing commitment to Innovation through Demonstration was demonstrated at the display village Revolution Road. This project featured alternatives in home design and construction and served to demonstrate what could be possible for home buyers seeking accelerated completion times with enhanced energy and climate performance.
The philosophy behind the concept was to provide a streetscape for builders, architects and suppliers to showcase their new building designs, materials and techniques in 10 display homes at our Seville Grove estate near Armadale.
All homes at Seville Grove met the Armadale Redevelopment Authority’s (ARA) 12-point Sustainability Audit to achieve a 5-Star Plus energy rating. Minimum requirements of the audit include assessment of energy efficient design and other sustainable construction elements.
The demonstration village embodied a range of water saving initiatives which were also applied throughout the Seville Grove estate.
Under the then Armadale Redevelopment Authority’s (ARA) Sustainability Audit’s mandatory water saving requirements, each home within Seville Grove was required to have a 2,500 litre rainwater tank, plumbed for cold water laundry washing and toilet flushing, and plant gardens with a least 50 per cent waterwise native species.
Since the Sustainability Audit requirements for rainwater harvesting came in in 2007 they now have been partly adopted by the national Building Codes of Australia’s (BCA) 5 star plus rating which requires the provision of plumbing connections for in-house use in toilets and laundry.
In a first for Western Australia, the ARA is the only planning jurisdiction that mandated the installation of plumbed rainwater tanks.
Revolution Road attracted WA homebuyers who were keen to see alternative construction materials and methods for themselves.
These included quick-build panel systems and prefabricated and transportable homes, and materials such as aerated concrete, steel or lightweight composites. People were able to compare these systems with the latest generation in brick and tile construction which was also on display.
Revolution Road was open for six months from September 2008 and during that time more than 3,000 people visited. While closing to the public at the end of February 2009, the Revolution Road ethos has been the catalyst for sustainable building ideas in the State’s North West.
10 lots were set aside for display homes at our Nickol West estate in Karratha where quick build construction methods and materials also meet the design and sustainability guidelines for the estate.