Established in 1960, Sekisui House is one of the world’s largest residential development companies, having constructed over 2.4 million properties 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, in response 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 300 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, within North America, Singapore, China, UK and Australia.

Energy efficiency
& management



Living areas are located with a northerly aspect to take advantage of solar aspect in winter while reducing heat gain in summer. The Garage, Butler’s Pantry & Laundry are all located on the southern side of the home to optimise the thermal comfort without primary habitable zones.

Operable windows and sliding doors are positioned to capture prevailing north-easterly breezes in summer with minimal glazing and openings facing west and south-west to reduce exposure to cold winter 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 aluminum frames. With Air Tightness 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. Hot water heat pump systems are based on the same technology used in refrigerators and air conditioners and require up to 80% less energy year-round than conventional hot water systems. They work by extracting low-grade heat from the air, concentrating it and transferring it into the water in a storage tank.

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Currently Under Construction -
SHINKA House will be opening Early 2020

5 Jan- 28 Feb 2017

Yayoi Kusama:
Princess of Polka Dots