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ADISPLAY home that boasts an
eight-star energy rating while
still offering space for a family is
attracting interest in Thurgoona.
The Enviro 8, located at 85
Forest Drive, off Fairway Gardens Road, opened
earlier this month and the builder, Alatalo Bros,
has been pleased with the public's response.
Alatalo Bros sales manager Donna McMillan
says good numbers of people have already
walked through the home.
"Where we stand out a bit, it is suited to
families, it's big enough for family living," she
With 35 squares under the roof line, the
design includes three bedrooms with a fourth
bedroom/study, a separate living room and a
large family, meals and kitchen area.
Alatalo Bros building designer Nathan Boehm
says the home's orientation contributes to its
energy efficiency, keeping the summer sun out
of the living areas and helping to reduce heating
and cooling costs.
Polystyrene cladding provides extra insulation
while there is a solar hot water system with gas
Other features include LED lighting, double
glazed windows and bamboo floating flooring.
Miss McMillan says the flooring is 14 times
more durable than a timber floor and bamboo
represents a sustainable, economical product.
"It's a great product to be using because it is
not costing a tree to timber your floor," she says.
Alatalo Bros land sales manager Rod Jones
says awareness of environmental issues is
growing, with the public starting to request such
features in their homes.
Mr Boehm says although the Enviro 8 has a
contemporary facade, energy efficiency can be
achieved in a more conventional look as well.
"Basically it doesn't have to be that different to
be environmentally friendly, or cost a lot more,"
Miss McMillan says Mr Boehm, as a younger
man himself, has a personal interest in designing
"Here's a young generation of designers
creating better things for the future," she says.
The Enviro 8 display home in Thurgoona is
open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between
1pm and 5pm or by appointment.
The Enviro 8 display home is now open for inspection in Thurgoona.
and Tony Moyle.
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