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Frequently Asked Questions

Is ecokit a prefab/modular house?

Kinda both. Ecokit is designed as a kit of parts, consisting of prefabricated components that are simply assembled following our instruction manual. However, the components are standardised, so the whole kit is flexible and modular.

The main benefit of the modularity of our system is that another section can be added to the original structure without compromising the integrity.

Is ecokit a “pod” and how are they different to others on the market?

Ecokit is not really “a pod”. Ecokit is an engineered, modular system of components that allows fast and simple assembly. The assembled structure has energy efficiency built in – there is enough space for “super insulation” (Rvalue of 6.6), wrapped in smart membranes that are airtight.

We have various models on offer but we can also design a ‘one off’ home, just for you.

Does ecokit have a Structural Warranty?

Of course. Every ecokit (if assembled by our instructions) is covered by a third party insurance backed ten-year Structural Warranty. This is included in the cost.

What is the lifespan of an ecokit house?

It is no different to a typical timber frame building, which has the same life expectancy as brick and block buildings. Timber frame buildings are described as permanent structures.

What foundations are required?

Ecokit should sit on foundations appropriate for the specific site. These vary from basic concrete pad foundations to ground screws.

Any Structural Engineer can arrange for a site investigation to be carried out and then design the necessary foundations. We can also help with that!

Can ecokit be built with a basement or drive under foundation?

Yes, ecokit homes can easily accept a basement or can just as easily be elevated to sit on foundation walls or piers.

Can ecokit be built in Queensland or an other state than Victoria? Or overseas?

Ecokit can be built anywhere, with adaptations based on regional and cultural modifications. We are happy to ship worldwide, so more people can take advantage of this innovative system. We are not saying no to any location, challenge us!

Does ecokit require planning permission?

This all depends on the place where you plan to build and local council zoning codes.

Generally, if you intend to use any building as a permanent home you will need planning permission.

If you propose to use ecokit for other purposes, it may be that they could fall under “permitted development”, that means they will not require a Full Planning Application.

For a relatively low cost and an application that shouldn’t take any longer than a couple of months, the volume of space you will enjoy over many years will make the initial process justifiable and well worth it.

Is ecokit mortgageable?

Ecokit fully complies with the Building Code of Australia and has a lifespan of at least 60 years, and so if a project is granted permanent Planning Permission as a dwelling, they are potentially mortgageable with all lenders.

You may need to consider a self-build mortgage type if you need to borrow money at different stages of the build process.

What other costs do I need to allow for?

There’s a number of costs associated with any building project, some are absolutely necessary whilst others simply reduce the risk of any potential problems.

Here’s a brief list of the most common costs:

  • site / plot of land – this is probably the biggest expense, obviously
  • site clearance – please bear in mind that a site may need to be cleared of existing structures or vegetation and made level, ready for the foundations
  • planning application – professional fees will be required to prepare the drawings, forms and design statements that form the application, plus the Local Planning Authority fees
  • site survey – depending on the proposed site we may need some accurate information on the exact dimensions, the levels and position of any existing trees, hedgerows and existing drainage
  • foundations and below ground services design – although our buildings are modular and are fixed in price, because every site is different, engineers still have to design the foundations and how the buildings services connect to the drains etc. They’ll use the site survey to ensure the correct foundations are designed
  • utility connections – these costs will vary greatly – even if you go off-grid, you’ll still need to allow a cost for obtaining clean fresh water and a way to dispose of wastewater and sewage

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of items and every project is different – you should seek advice on your own specific project.

How are services connected?

The original intention for the ecokit is to be completely independent and therefore off-grid and zero carbon. This is possible, but there is however an additional cost to incorporate renewable energy systems.

Alternatively, just like with any other home, you can easily connect to an existing electrical and water supply and drain into existing sewers, eco-digester system or a septic tank.

How is ecokit powered?

The exact power specification for each ecokit home is determined by the customer and is dependent on the site location and orientation. We recommend that you only use electricity, no gas*.

The ideal type of energy generation would be from Solar PV (photovoltaic) panels. We offer exciting Solar Tiles as an optional add-on.

We also use an Air-Source Heat Pump to create very cost effective hot water supply.

*Using gas maybe cheaper than electricity (from the grid) at the moment, but it’s a fossil fuel, and the carbon emissions from its extraction and use is a major contributor to Climate Change.

What about fire safety?

Ecokit homes meet all fire standards required under the current Australian Building Code.

We use non-combustible insulation and fireproof linings to protect the
timber structure.

We plan to introduce an upgrade for high BAL zones in the future.

Can I customise my ecokit home?

Yes, absolutely! Tell us what changes you have on your mind and consult with our designer the possible modifications. We are open to new ideas!