by , 12/21/05


What is with Australia and prefab? With the recent Modabode, the Deck House, and now eHabitat, its beginning to seem like the locus of Prefab has moved down under. Whats going on?

Whatever the case, we love the new prefab “eHabitat” – and not just because the name goes so well with ours. This latest Australian prefab is beautiful, simple, inexpensive and distinctly eco-friendly, incorporating passive solar principles and energy efficient materials into its design. The modular, customizable eHabitat allows limitless individual configurations, enabling the owner to design a unique layout, which can be easily expanded at any time. Additional features include built in storage, climatic control devices and built in furniture options. The minimalist, almost Japanese aesthetic is modern without being stark, and the superlative local materials (such as Tasmanian kiln dried hardwood) make for a high quality, well-insulated structure.

ehabibtatEHabitat’s design and construction processes are inherently innovative: allowing an unprecedented degree of freedom for the buyer to custom tailor the home of their dreams, right down to the layout, materials, and energy systems. You can let eHabitat pair you up with an “eHabitat registered builder”, choose your own builder, or (if you are particularly handy) even construct the building yourself.

Passive Solar Design
Passive solar design makes use of the sun’s energy and local breezes to make a building warm in winter and cool in summer. Depending on your local climate, eHabitat has the correct thermal mass, insulation, shading and ventilation solutions to suit you.

+ eHabitat

Thanks Giles!

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  1. Pamela January 16, 2006 at 8:44 pm


    Do you sell in the US?

    Pamela in Asheville

  2. Tina December 24, 2005 at 4:46 pm

    I just love this web site. It’s the only one I have found that I have to visit again and again. I have shared this with several friends. I love the things I find here. It’s like a big wish list. Very Cool Site. Merry Christmas to everyone. Hope 2006 is a great year for everyone as well. Thanks Tina

  3. Harold R. Hay December 24, 2005 at 12:03 pm

    Always congratulations to Habitat for Humanity housing — except for lack of studying the older literature on passive heating and cooling. Repeatedly old and recent, side-by-side performance testing by universities has shown roofponds (note spelling – not roof ponds) to be superior to all other methods. Starting with my historic 1952-7 account presented at the 2005 ISES/ASES Orlando Conference, you will soon be getting updates if I get help giving help. Facts from an ASES Pioneer with many awards.
    Harold Hay, HR&EJ Hay Charitable Trust

  4. Jill Fehrenbacher December 22, 2005 at 8:46 pm

    Hi George-

    The term “prefab” is, in fact, quite specific. It is short for “prefabrication” – defined as “the practice of manufacturing the parts of an assembly in one location, ready for them to be assembled in another place”. See wikipedia for further information >

    Based on this definition, the eHabitat meets all the requirements of being “prefabricated”, and in a way, is better than most prefab houses because it is more customizable. I’m not sure if you realize this, but very few prefabs are “dropped” onto a site completely assembled. That would make shipping and transportation very difficult. Most “prefab” houses come as a series of prefabricated components which are assembled on site.

  5. George December 22, 2005 at 5:36 am

    The term prefabricated is so non specific that it annoys me. I think prefabricated is a dwelling built and dropped on site ready to use except plumbing and electricity.

  6. CJ December 22, 2005 at 12:52 am

    As a native of Oz and a lifetime fan of both mid-century contemporary architecture and Japanese styles I’m quietly chuffed this sort of innovation is emerging in Australia. The eHabitat is the best I’ve seen of late and its makers are to be congratulated. This is even more gratifying given the particularly staid local building industry and visionless local planning authorities in most municipalities. This type of approach is ideal for Australia where the usual building materials favoured rarely compliment the natural conditions or light-filled environs. Now to find some land…

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