R-Codes Changes - What does this mean for the Future ?

ee'kos recently had the opportunity to look at what the changes to the Residential Planning Codes ('R'-Codes) have for a client of ours, primarily focusing on how the recent changes affects their R40 block in the northern suburbs. There is a great proportion of land in Perth's metro area currently zoned higher than R30-Ro30, meaning 30 dweilling per hectare. Development of these blocks was previously limited to 'single' or 'grouped' dwellings, but now, in order to promote more diversity, affordability and flexibility, many of these blocks are now able to be considered for 'multiple dwelling' development which grealty increases the number of dwelling allowed on a block. Although these changes

SIP's in Perth

Structurally Insulated Panels, or more commonly known as SIP's, are seeing a major rise in their application within the domestic market. Complete flat-pack solutions are available for new homes and extensions. The range of pre-manufactured standard size panels are based on commonly used window and door opening sizes and allow for a decreased construction time, greater insulation properties and versatility in cladding options both internally and externally. A major setback to their use is the relatively high material cost, but this in most cases is offset entirely by the savings in labour costs, material waste and great reductions in construction time. As easy as putting together typical timb

Sustainable Building Materials in Perth

The relationship between our built and natural environments has long been a primary focus for architects and designers. However in more recent times a greater effort to incorporate passive sustainable design principles into developments in Perth has brought a greater focus on the relationship between buildings and our environment. With buildings accounting for nearly half of the energy consumption in Perth they undoubtedly play a major role in the environmental challenges facing us today and into the future. So the question at hand is how can we make our built environments more sustainable and ensure a more positive impact on our natural environment ? One major factor is to consider what we

High Density Residential Developments in Perth

Leederville Multiresidential Development- EE'KOS Architecture Design Western Australian councils are actively promoting new ways of delivering high density residential developments in Perth and as such we are seeing greater interest from developers for site feasibility services. The shift comes mainly from councils looking to increase sustainable housing development in Perth by increasing density codes in and around our town centres and train stations - factors which are making small and mid-sized developments more viable. The most prevalent projects making the most of these changes include: Multiple-dwelling developments These are low to mid-height apartment buildings and townhouse style de

7 Steps Towards Zero Carbon Neutral Buildings

We are often asked what it means to build "Carbon Zero' ...how can we actually build in a way that reflects on the amount of energy that is used to construct and operate our buildings ? The answer is not that simple, and you to ask yourself some questions before getting the sketching started... Step 1 Consider if you are aiming for 'zero carbon' from energy and waste generated during the construction process, from the construction process and for the life of the building, or if you want to also take into account the energy used during the eventual demolition of your building. Step 2 Choose a site/ location that allows for renewable energy opportunities and reduces transportation and food pro

A Prefab Future for Perth?

Prefabricated homes in Perth are nothing new. The post-war period in Australia saw prefabrication of homes off-site become a popular building method. In the decades that followed there was a significant drop-off in the quantity of homes being pre-fabricated and the options available. However within the past decade major shifts in the building industry, changes in economy, increasing energy costs and questions of environmental sustainability have forced us to rethink the way we design, build and ultimately live. This shift has influenced the way we have come to view the prefabrication of buildings, in particular residential and multi-residential developments in Perth. One of the most appealin

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