A great collaboration with Housing Choices Australia and Kennedy Nolan Architects.

This recently completed Housing Choices Australia residential development features 19 apartments across 5 levels. 9 units were constructed to comply with the National Disability Insurance Scheme incorporating the Livable Housing Australia “Platinum” Performance Level.

Image: Hemming Street | Built by Manresa Constructions < < click me to see more

Housing Choices Australia is a national not-for-profit housing association that creates safe, quality, affordable housing for people who are struggling to find a home in Australia’s challenging private rental market.

Manresa was engaged by Kennedy Nolan for Housing Choices Australia to undertake the build and delivery of an apartment building for a site in Hemmings Street Dandenong. The brief was to maximise yield, provide high quality amenity, conform to the Liveable Design Guidelines and HCA’s own design, construction and maintenance standards as well as conventional authority requirements.

HCA retain ownership of their assets, so durability and maintenance are an important priority. These projects are an exercise in the delivery of rational, robust and economical apartments that also deliver the warmth and delight of good housing and avoid the dispiriting and stigmatising visual cues of institutional architecture.

Within these constraints and obvious socially responsible design outcomes, it was also important to Kennedy Nolan and HCA to achieve exemplary environmentally sustainable homes. Initiatives include:
* Dual aspect to most apartments and all town houses for optimum passive cooling and solar access.
* Water collection & storage for on-site use.
* Electric Stovetops
* Lighting, fixtures and materials specification to maximize thermal, water and energy efficiency
* Water efficient tapware, appliances and sanitary fixtures
* Building envelope and material selection for effective thermal mass
* Secure & accessible bike parking at building entry.

It was an absolute please to collaborate on this project with Kennedy Nolan Architects and Housing Choices Australia.

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