For the second year in a row, Defence Housing Australia (DHA) has taken out top honours at the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) - Northern Territory (NT) awards gala, with the Asche Duplex the latest project by the innovative developer to be recognised for Excellence and Innovation.
Located in DHA’s award-winning development, Breezes Muirhead, the Asche Duplex was conceived as a prototype home to explore options for developing environmentally sustainable housing, at an affordable price. In 2015, DHA engaged Troppo Architects and volume builders, PTM Group, to deliver this innovative development that set the benchmark for sustainably compact housing within the Darwin market.
The Asche Duplex sits on a corner lot measuring only 675 square metres in size, without compromising on quality, liveability or style. Wide opening doors integrate the living spaces to create an adaptable floor plan that adjusts to individual needs. A downstairs day-bed provides a cool place for resting, which easily transitions into an additional room for guests. Upstairs, two large bedrooms with louvered windows and high ceilings, offer both a functional yet aesthetically pleasing space.
The benefits of this innovative home are far reaching. Families can enjoy a healthier living environment as a result of increased airflow, as well as lower than average running costs. The orientation of the floorplan, combined with sustainable materials sourced locally, optimise the impact of the coastal breezes and allow for natural cooling of the homes.
The design took into account all aspects of delivering a sustainable home, from the materials used, to the impact that dwelling has on the environment. This approach was taken to ensure a significant reduction in waste, transport and excavation was achieved. The home also boasts a 6.5 star rating from the Nationwide Housing Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS).
“The Asche Duplex has raised the bar for climatically responsive, residential development in the Top End. Our project team’s commitment to innovation has been integral to the success in delivering a vibrant and sustainable housing product,” said DHA Acting Managing Director, Ms Jan Mason.
This is the second year in a row that DHA has been recognised by UDIA NT for outstanding achievements within the NT. Last year, it was the northern suburbs community development, Breezes Muirhead, taking top honours for both Masterplanned Community and Environmental Excellence.
“DHA is committed to delivering developments that meet the needs of residents today and into the future. We are delighted that UDIA NT has recognised that the Asche Duplex demonstrates excellence in sustainable environmental and innovative practices,” Ms Mason said.