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Overview

Ecokit was appointed to design, manufacture and deliver two cabins for eco-tourist accommodation compliant with the eco-farm values.

The main criteria for the client were short time of building (up to 2 months), no use of heavy machinery, top quality healthy building materials. Minimal operating costs and positive environmental impact were also high on the agenda.

Location

Jindabyne, NSW, Australia

When

June – July 2018

Client

Avonside Alpine Estate

Manufacturing

Once the building permit was approved, we were ready to start manufacturing. Ecokit, as a big fan of technologies and advanced manufacturing uses CAD/CAM software and tools, which means that once we have finalized the model with our client, we could directly export all information from the model directly to our CNC machine and robots and the manufacturing started instantly! 

To make sure that we are delivering the best possible insulation type for our client’s needs, we contacted various blown-in insulation suppliers and carried out a test of various materials and densities. In the end we have selected the blown-in glass wool insulation.
Unlike the standard glass wool insulation, the blown-in version is much smoother and does not affect you even if you directly touch it with your hands! It is made out of recycled beer bottles and is not bonded, which means it’s free from any substances that could off gas into the interior. Being a glass wool, it is naturally non-combustible and does not invite pests. 

All prefabricated parts and components for both cabins were sent flat-packed directly to the building site in 2 shipping containers within the 2 weeks interval.

Assembly

In early June, first container has arrived to the building site. All structural parts of small cabins and some structural parts of two-storey cabin were included in this delivery. The construction has begun!

Both cabins were built by client’s own resources, while ecokit team was on site to help and to collect feedback from the team of builders. The whole client’s family, including teenage sons, were involved in the assembly. What a great opportunity to bond all members of your family and create lasting memories!

Thanks to the block building method, the laborers managed to build it on the spot in just a few days. The house is almost entirely made of wood, and the concrete has been reduced to the minimum. The structural part of small cabin was completed within 7 working days, while the double storey took the four guys in the building team about 12 days. Although proceeding with the construction in the middle of winter in an alpine climate was a scary thought initially, the kit allowed us working outside on a good days and assembling the boxes under cover on those rainy days.
As a part of the delivery, we provided assembly instructions for the building team, additionally we have also prepared project plan with a schedule for building both cabins in less than 2 months.
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