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Green Smart Magazine : 2009_new
except for the bathroom, which is built and moved as a module. 'In addition to our panel system, some clever design allows us to build modules that are transported as completed units and joined together on site. This style makes homes easily relocatable, and eliminates more time on site,' Jim says. It takes only 12 weeks from when the order is made to when it's ready to occupy, he adds. 'It all goes together like a big Lego set.' The crowning glory is that the new system is a result of Jim's close collaboration with RAIA Gold Medal winning architect Gabriel Poole, from Gab and Elizabeth Poole Design Company, who provided an elegant, sophisticated, architect-designed look to the end product. 'Gabriel Poole is well ahead of his time, and we are proud to have created a product together. This system allows houses of shapes and sizes not normally seen in other transportable homes,' Jim says. Central to the concept is producing an environmentally sound product. 'Our belief is that designing the houses with attention focused on responsible passive solar design enables comfortable living in many climates without the necessity for airconditioning. That's a big issue for Cairns,' Jim says. To achieve this, a 'breathing wall' system was specially designed. Pivoting vents were placed strategically in internal walls to allow for cross- ventilation between rooms, while a vented ceiling and roof ridge funnel hot air out. For insulation, sisalation paper was installed within the wall cavity. The reflective smart essentials • passive solar design • vented ceiling • specially designed breathing wall system • pivoting vents for cross-flow ventilation • slim-line water tanks • compact fluorescent lighting • made from sustainable, environmentally friendly products. ABOVE: The architect-designed Takeaway range of transportable homes has brought prefabrication into the twenty-first century DINING KITCHEN DECK ENSUITE BED 2 MASTER BEDROOM BED 3 BATH ROOM L'DRY STORE WC LIVING ROBE LINEN ROBE ROBE greensmart 2009 41 © Architect: Gabriel Poole > 'IN ADDITION TO OUR PANEL SYSTEM, SOME CLEVER DESIGN ALLOWS US TO BUILD MODULES THAT ARE TRANSPORTED AS COMPLETED UNITS AND JOINED TOGETHER ON SITE'