Established in 1960, Sekisui House is one of the world’s largest residential development companies, having constructed nearly 2.5 million homes worldwide. The enduring corporate philosophy of our organisation is to create homes and communities that improve with time and last for generations.

Since 1990, Sekisui House has operated its own Housing and Research Institute in Kyoto, Japan. This state-of-the-art facility spans over 28,165m2, comprising more than 30 laboratories and studios engaged in testing and researching advancements in architecture, materials, technology and construction methodology.

In 1995, responding to the need for a highly engineered housing construction solution that could withstand Japan’s extreme weather conditions, Sekisui House developed SHAWOOD; a proprietary ‘Metal Joint’ and laminated timber post and beam structural system. Sekisui House has now constructed over 70,000 SHAWOOD homes globally, with over 350 homes delivered in NSW, Australia.

The catalyst for this achievement was the showcasing of our “Zero Emission House” at the Hokkaido Toyako G8 Summit in Japan, demonstrating that the need for comfortable living could be met with a zero-carbon footprint. In 2009, Sekisui House entered several new international markets and now operates globally, in the United States, Singapore, China, UK and Australia.

Energy efficiency
& management

SHINKA House has achieved a NatHERS rating of 8.1 and incorporates a host of design features and technologies.

Living areas are positioned with a northerly orientation to take advantage of solar aspects whilst reducing heat gain across the warmer seasons. The garage, butler’s pantry and laundry are all located on the southern side of the home to optimise thermal comfort without inhibiting primary living zones.

Operable windows and sliding doors are positioned to capture prevailing north-easterly breezes, with minimal glazing and openings facing west and south-west to reduce exposure to cooler winds.

External shading elements and eave overhangs aid the passive solar features of the home while maintaining privacy in bedrooms and living areas.

Windows installed are all double-glazed with thermally improved aluminium frames. With airtightness measures, the operational electricity demand for heating & cooling is predicted to be 85% less than the average Australian home.

The air-conditioning system utilises a ground source heat pump delivering optimum performance. Lighting within SHINKA House adopts LED fittings with motion sensor controls in bathrooms, WC’s, pantry and WIR. The hot water service is an electric heat pump storage system.

The heat pump system is based on the same technology used in refrigerators and air conditioners and requires up to 80% less energy year-round than conventional hot water systems. The system works by extracting low-grade heat from the air, concentrating it and transferring it to a storage tank.

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