CONTINUUM Creating homes and communities that improve with time and last for generations Edition 2.1 2019
Discover a more sustainable future at: sekisuihouse.com.au
For each and every customer, for society, and for the global environment, we strive to be a company that creates the future. A future where the needs of people and society are in harmony with the environment. As a world leader in sustainable residential development, weâ€™re committed to fulfilling our mission and responsibility to create lasting value for generations of Australians.
Creating homes and communities.
Our homes encourage positive, rewarding relationships with individuals, the community and the environment.
Our evolution 1960 â€“ 2008.
Part one of the Sekisui House story, from our first home in Japan to a world first.
Using our past to guide our future.
A Japanese heritage that influences our unique approach to sustainable development.
Our evolution 2009 â€“ 2018.
Part two of the Sekisui House story, from our arrival in Australia to delivery of 10,000 properties.
A better quality of life.
How weâ€™re making a positive and long lasting contribution to people, communities and the environment.
From Japan to the world.
From humble beginnings to global leaders in sustainable building, this is the story of Sekisui House.
Our holistic approach to urban development.
Our definition of true sustainability and our core values for sustainable urban development.
The need to be green.
Why real and tangible green solutions are important when we are designing communities.
An introduction to SHAWOOD and how it achieves a balance between design and innovation.
How our experience and constant evolution has informed better spatial design and quality of living experience.
How SHINKA House and its net-zeroenergy approach is paving the way for the future of Australian homes.
Research and development to help us understand and innovate for every stage of life.
Our ‘Love of Humanity’ philosophy impacts and informs everything that we do.
How the expertise we’ve honed over the years helps us create better solutions for all our communities.
The future of housing is here.
Born in Japan, designed for the world.
An in-depth look at some of our most innovative and connected homes and communities.
SHAWOOD. Built to perform.
A message from our CEO. As we celebrate 10 years in Australia, our CEO looks at where we’ve come from and where we’re going.
SHINKA House: A natural evolution.
More than a philosophy. A reality.
Contacts and awards. A selection of recent Australian awards and how to get in touch with Sekisui House.
Creating homes and communities that improve with time and last for generations.
At Sekisui House, we believe that thoughtful housing design can improve quality of life and wellbeing. To achieve this, we look beyond structure and raw materials to the most important feature of any home – the people who live in it. How the people in our homes interact with each other, their environment and those around them is at the heart of our philosophy. Creating communities that work in harmony with their natural surroundings has existed in Japanese tradition for centuries. It’s a concept that reflects the unique relationship Japanese people have with the nature that is ever present in daily life – from mountainous landscapes, to extreme natural events like earthquakes and tsunamis. That history has taught us many valuable lessons. Lessons we now turn into benefits for residents, their communities and Australia.
Seaside Momochi in Fukuoka, Japan exemplifies the idea of ‘aging beauty’ (which is inherent in our development approach). The homes here blend into the environment through organic paths and native vegetation, which has been lovingly maintained by residents over the years. This defining project demonstrates how streetscapes can contribute to growing the value of properties and communities over time.
From Japan to the world. For over 55 years, Sekisui House has been one of Japan’s most well respected home building companies. This experience has helped us take our unique approach to international operations across China, Singapore, Australia and the USA. While communities across the world have different behaviours and needs, our commitment to creating sustainable and authentic living environments remains unchanged. We listen to our customers and learn from every home we build. Insights like this give us a unique edge when pioneering new innovations designed to meet the changing needs of people, communities and the environment. Through this, we’re able to continue our role as leaders in global residential development standards.
“How people in Japan or the USA interact with their homes is different to Australia. It’s our job to design for unique markets, while adhering to our global commitment to delivering authentic, sustainable living environments.” Toru Abe CEO and Managing Director Sekisui House Australia
2,425,372 $18.5BN 24,391 Homes delivered worldwide1
Development value of projects in Australia2
Properties delivered in Australia2
Pipeline of properties in Australia2
Number of employees worldwide3
1. As at 31 Jan 2019, 2. As at 31 Dec 2018, 3. As at 31 Jan 2018
“We achieve lasting value by creating homes that are loved by their residents, now and for decades to come.“ Toru Abe CEO and Managing Director Sekisui House Australia
This home built near Nagano, Japan is an original Sekisui House A-Type design – one of the first home designs ever developed by Sekisui House. In 2016, the Japanese Agency of Cultural Affairs designated this home as a ‘Tangible Cultural Property’. It represents the postwar pre-fabricated housing era, which is still driving Japan’s housing industry today.
Our evolution 1960 – 2008. A look over the history of Sekisui House shows our pioneering spirit and steady commitment to create sustainable housing solutions and remain an asset for the planet and society.
1960 1990 1995 1999 2001 Our company is founded in Japan.
We open our Comprehensive Housing Research and Development Institute in Kyoto, Japan.
SHAWOOD, our pre-engineered home construction system, is launched in Japan.
We announce our Environmental Future Plan, an environmental charter aimed at achieving harmony between human beings, towns and the planet.
We introduce our ‘Five Trees’ landscape design philosophy to promote conservation of biodiversity.
Postwar Japan Defined by rapid record-setting economic growth. In 1964, the first Shinkansen (Japanese high-speed bullet train) began operation and the Olympics were held in Tokyo. Postwar housing was focused on mass production, affordability, as well as quality.
The concept of ‘Lifetime Home’
A defining point in Sekisui House’s development of its sustainability vision. The idea that a home should have the durability and flexibility to cater to the changing needs and lifestyles of its inhabitants, regardless of age and ability. This concept shifted the company’s direction towards superior quality and longevity in its homes.
2002 2005 2006 2007 2008 All of our six Centres for Manufacturing and Quality Control achieve zero emissions status in Japan.
We announce our Declaration on Sustainability outlining our commitment and investment into sustainability across the breadth of our operation.
The Japanese Minister of Environment awards Sekisui House for our contribution to reduce global warming.
We achieve zero emission status for all our home reconstruction sites in Japan.
At the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit in 2008, Sekisui House collaborated in the design and construction of the Zero Emission House hosted by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
Sustainability The company evolved to a new meaning of sustainability, encompassing a more holistic approach covering economic, social, residential and environmental value.
Zero Emission House The unveiling of the world-first Zero Emission House was the trigger that set Sekisui House on a trajectory to impact the future of housing. 13
Our evolution 2009 – 2018. We took Sekisui House to the world because we saw that there was a demand for better quality housing. Today, our achievements in applying our legacy, skills and sustainable initiatives to our growing international operations has made us a world leader in sustainable residential development.
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Sekisui House expands into Australia and we acquire our first development sites in Australia.
On our 50 Year Anniversary, we celebrate two million dwellings built in Japan.
We commence the visionary Central Park project in Sydney’s Chippendale.
We open The Hermitage, our flagship masterplanned community at Gledswood Hills, NSW.
Over 10 million trees planted globally since 2000.
Green First Zero
Australia was part of Sekisui House’s international expansion strategy which also included China, Singapore, and the United States.
In 2013, we launched our Green First ZERO housing product in Japan, a net-zero-energy home that generates as much power as it consumes, through renewable energy.
2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 One Central Park is awarded Best Tall Building Worldwide by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).
We declare our compliance to the Paris Agreement for climate change action and become a signatory to the Global Alliance Buildings and Construction at COP 21 (United Nations Conference of the Parties).
We are the only private sector representative to take part in the Buildings Day of the UN Climate Change Conference held in Marrakech, Morocco.
We commence construction at The Orchards, Norwest and West Village, Brisbane, adding another 2,500 homes to our existing pipeline.
We reach the milestone of delivering over 10,000 properties in Australia.
World leadership Weâ€™ve constructed more net-zero-energy homes than any other company in the world â€“ over 35,000 since 2013.
United Nations Climate Change Conferences As a leading builder of net-zero-energy homes and disaster-ready Smart Eco-Towns in Japan, our participation in the United Nations Climate Change Conferences has continued each year since 2016.
“Family, community, shared spaces to be lived in. These are the values we design and build for, that define the difference between a house and a home.” Craig D’Costa General Manager – The Hermitage and NSW Home Building Sekisui House Australia
The Hermitage, Gledswood Hills is Sekisui House’s flagship community in NSW which perfectly embodies the company’s development principles defined in Japan. Masterplan architects work with the site’s topography to highlight and enhance the site’s natural assets, characterised by magnificent stands of large, mature trees, former golf fairways informing the streetscape design, and old golf greens repurposed as charming pocket parks for residents to enjoy.
Our holistic approach to urban development. When talking about the ‘sustainability’ of living environments, we often think about turning the lights off, using car share services, green walls, rooftop gardens, solar panels, and even LED lighting. The dictionary defines ‘Sustainability’ as “the avoidance of depleting natural resources in order to maintain ecological balance”. At Sekisui House, we don’t believe that true sustainability only takes into account how we treat the environment. We also don’t believe you should have to turn the air-conditioning off if it’s uncomfortable to do so, or promote biodiversity while cultural and social diversity remains a concern. Our definition of sustainability has a much broader meaning. We believe that to be successful as a ‘sustainable’ company, we need to find a happy medium between humans and the earth. But how do humans maintain happiness, while sustaining the planet?
In 1989, long before the term ‘sustainability’ was a fashionable term in the property industry, Sekisui House defined the ‘Lifetime Home’ concept. It was aimed at creating homes to cater for longer life spans through durability and flexibility around changing needs and lifestyles. Today we build houses that provide safety and support for everyone, regardless of age and ability. Placing focus on comfort and peace of mind for residents – while maintaining harmony with the environment and surroundings – was the beginning of Sekisui House’s holistic approach to sustainability. Since then we’ve launched many initiatives based around our four core values for sustainable urban development.
FOUR VALUES OF SUSTAINABILITY AT SEKISUI HOUSE
Nurturing a careful, considered connection between nature, communities and wellbeing can enhance living experiences. Green spaces, streets and trails are designed to flow and connect intelligently and respectfully. Our communities are designed to complement the environment and not replace it.
RESIDENTIAL VALUE The homes we build cater to changing needs and lifestyles, while providing safety and support for the people who live there. We apply timeless aesthetics to ensure longevity and enjoyment over time.
ECONOMIC VALUE A home is one of the biggest investments a person will make in their lifetime. We work to ensure that what we create (the home and its environment) is one that will improve in value over time.
SOCIAL VALUE We bring communities together to ensure life outside the home is as comfortable and appealing as it is inside. Combining a deep respect for heritage and local culture with considered placement of parks, pathways and amenities, we try to improve the way people interact together within a community.
â€œAt Sekisui House we develop considered urban spaces that acknowledge, respect and preserve local heritage, while reflecting the community and its culture.â€? Paul Wainwright Sales and Marketing Operations Manager Sekisui House Australia
The Common at West Village has been described as an “urban forest” with mature trees, grassed areas and open spaces which sets a new benchmark for Brisbane’s residential precincts.
The Peters Ice Cream Factory opened in the 1920’s and created nearly seven decades of employment that shaped the character of West End.
Brisbane’s first Ice Cream Festival was launched in 2017 by Sekisui House, filling the factory with ice cream for the first time since its closure in 1996.
Using our past to guide our future. “We’re creating a landmark project that celebrates West End’s diverse culture, incorporating world-best sustainability and design to acknowledge the site’s importance to Brisbane.” Andrew Thompson Project Director Sekisui House Australia
Our Japanese heritage has had an important influence on our approach to sustainable development. The communities we create follow the ancient Japanese principle of SATOYAMA – the idea that when properly managed, both humans and the environment can exist alongside, and benefit from one another. We know from experience that if communities manage and use resources sustainably, they’ll be able to enjoy them well into the future. The SATOYAMA principle teaches us about the importance of open green space and the preservation of biodiversity. Sekisui House combines this with a deep respect for the history of our sites to inform our master planning concepts. In each of our projects, we look to the past to guide our future. At West Village in Brisbane’s West End, the former Peters Ice Cream Factory is the cultural centrepiece of the project. Here, we’re bringing a piece of history back to life. Megan Barron, West Village’s Sales, Marketing and Property Management Director explains, “it’s all about creating an environment and foundation that enables communities to grow and evolve for generations to come.”
In the process, we’re creating new value for the residents and community through events like the highly successful Brisbane Ice Cream Festival. This festival has run for two consecutive years and has informed the design of the public realm to facilitate successful community events into the future. Part of the factory has also undergone a warehouse conversion and is now a premium event space with a gallery of artwork by renowned artist David Bromley. All proceeds from this venue go directly to local charity and not-for-profit organisations. In addition to the restoration of the heritage buildings, West Village has implemented many community-building initiatives like Creative Kids workshops, kids cooking classes, a construction school and laneway pop-up stores. West Village will ultimately be home to 35 new retail, restaurants, food and beverage outlets, as well as a full-line Woolworths supermarket – the first full-line supermarket in West End in 20 years.
A better quality of life.
At Sekisui House, we believe that homes and living environments are at the heart of our society and can have a direct impact on the health and well-being of people. As one of the world’s largest residential developers, we carry a responsibility to make a positive contribution to shape these environments by delivering wellconsidered homes and communities that not only improve living standards, but also enhance quality of life.
Planning ahead Thriving communities adapt and evolve with the changing needs of society. As a developer, our view has always been to consider the next 10, 20, 50 years, and beyond. One important consideration is planning for a socially diverse community of varying age groups and life stage that helps to create a sense of belonging, while also inspiring new connections. Ecco Ripley in Brisbane’s south west is one such development where we’re helping to shape the future of the region by incorporating diverse housing options within the masterplan.
Here, customers can choose from blocks of land to build their dream home, pre-planned houses, duplexes and terraces, all no more than 400 metres away from parkland or green space. Scott Blaney, Queensland State Sales Manager, says the project has been designed with a wide variety of residents in mind. “Ecco Ripley caters for all lifestyles and life stages. Its broad appeal will help to create a rich community that will last for years to come.”
Amenities tailored to the community Another way we create value in a community can be seen in our newest development in Sydney’s west, Sanctuary. Occupying a waterfront location in Wentworth Point, just 16km from Sydney CBD, Sanctuary offers residents the convenience of an urban environment with the luxury of an unusually broad choice of private and public amenities. Designed to nurture the growing community in the peninsula suburb, the Sanctuary masterplan includes a proposal
to transform a disused wharf into a vibrant riverside café for the entire community to enjoy. Some other innovative initiatives include a puppy park complete with an on-site grooming facility; a ‘Sharing Shed’ equipped with an array of workshop tools and equipment; and ‘Global Gardens’ which provides residents and neighbouring communities ownable garden plots to tend. For Sekisui House, building the home is just the beginning. Our responsibility is to ensure that the communities we create are as relevant today as they will be in years to come.
The Sanctuary masterplan includes a proposal to revitalise a disused wharf into a cafĂŠ for residents and the wider community.
Ecco Ripley is creating a rich community that will last for years to come.
All homes at Ecco Ripley have been designed to be no more than 400 metres away from parkland or green space.
Central Parkâ€™s tri-generation plant is forecast to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 190,000 tonnes over the 25 year design life of the plant â€“ equivalent to removing 2,500 cars off the road every year for 25 years.
Benefits for the community are at the heart of our environmental initiatives.
West Village is the first major project in Brisbane to take a precinct approach to waste management with a cold room and dry stock shelving for retailers to place quality surplus food for donation. Any food not fit for consumption will be turned into mulch.
The need to be green.
The desire for comfortable living environments that people want to live in for generations is not just an ideal set for home and land owners. In an increasingly populated world, apartment living has become a very attractive option for more and more families. Now more than ever, Australians are placing greater demand on quality construction and environmental technologies in apartment developments to ensure they remain an asset to their communities. At Sekisui House, we apply a considered approach by implementing environmental initiatives that offer real solutions and benefits for residents, businesses and the wider community.
Locally constructed, globally inspired We build more net-zero-energy homes than any other company in the world, and our Smart Eco Towns and disasterready communities in Japan have received worldwide praise for their design and innovation. These achievements inspire us to achieve similar results here in Australia. Take West Village in Queensland for example.
Discussing the development’s green innovations, Project Director Andrew Thompson said the design was inspired by the cutting-edge practices used by Sekisui House in Japan. “West Village embodies the company’s core development principles of environmental consciousness, respect for history, reverence for community and delivering places that improve with time and last for generations,” Mr Thompson said. This ethos can be seen in many innovative ways. For example, 100% of energy to site is carbon offset through an embedded network and 100% of organic waste from food retail is diverted from landfill and recycled into biofuels and compost. There’s also a food rescue partnership with OzHarvest (the first in Australia for a major developer) which donates excess perishable food to local charities. On top of this, there are 1,600 bike racks, electric vehicle charging stations, a grey water recycling plant, a shared community garden and end-of-trip facilities.
Raising the bar Another development with a significant investment in environmental tech is
Central Park in Sydney. It is Australia’s greenest urban village – and a beacon for sustainable living across the world. And it truly does raise the bar. Central Park has its own gas-powered tri-generation plant that supplies electricity, heating and cooling to the whole precinct. This covers around 2,200 residential apartments, and the precinct’s retail, commercial and public spaces (including 6,400sqm of parkland). As well as this, its water recycling facility re-uses 100% of rainwater falling on rooftops, it has the largest GoGet car share service in Australia, and 94% of materials removed from the site during demolition were recycled or reused. This makes Central Park one of the largest recycling projects in Australia.
Building for tomorrow As our Australian developments demonstrate, sustainability is about more than just using the latest green technologies to check a box. It’s about integrating solutions that provide real value, from an economic, social, environmental and resident perspective. This is what we call a holistic sustainability vision.
The future of housing is here.
â€œWith a deep consideration for design detailing, we have been able to deliver a level of aesthetic sophistication and practical function across the entire range of SHAWOOD homes.â€? Makoto Ochiai SHAWOOD Product Development Manager Sekisui House Australia
SHAWOOD’s focus on precision and craftsmanship leads to beautifully simple structures that function effortlessly.
The unique SHAWOOD structure allows for large uninterrupted spans that can create double height voids and generous space to optimise views, light and function, as well as architectural features that only a SHAWOOD home can achieve.
For more than 55 years, Sekisui House has pursued sustainable excellence through design, technology and inhouse research and development. This has been the bedrock for homes built on the high-end proprietary SHAWOOD system – an approach that combines Japanese organic design principals with pre-engineered precision. Sekisui House established SHAWOOD in Japan in 1995. It was the result of demand for a highly engineered housing construction system that displayed resistance and durability to the country’s extreme weather conditions – in particular, earthquakes. Based on the proven results in Japan, Sekisui House introduced SHAWOOD to the Australian market in 2012. The unique feature behind every SHAWOOD home is the proprietary ‘metal joint’ construction system which delivers millimetre perfect calibration, designed to lock together providing extreme accuracy and strength. This efficiency in construction, not to mention the design advantages in working with such a system has the potential to completely revolutionise Australia’s residential building industry.
Faced with a swelling population, rising building costs and growing amounts of construction waste, the Australian construction industry needs to move away from traditional methods. SHAWOOD provides an answer through its industrialised approach and focus on sustainability. Craig D’Costa, General Manager – The Hermitage and NSW Home Building, says that what we’ve brought to Australia is a highly researched and tested product that is challenging traditional construction methodologies. “This type of innovation where components of a home are manufactured off-site in a factory-controlled environment – and where time and material waste is minimised on-site – is part of the key to unlocking more affordable and sustainable cities in Australia.” “At present, we have more than 150 homes under construction at The Hermitage, Gledswood Hills and as a result of this confidence, we will soon look to bring SHAWOOD to new geographic locations,” he adds. The inherent benefits don’t just end at construction. With meticulous attention to every detail, a SHAWOOD home is engineered to align with five key
performance elements – health and wellbeing, thermal comfort, acoustic comfort, passive design and energy efficiency. It’s this performance that provides enhanced levels of general comfort and liveability, stemmed from a philosophy that honours nature, quality, longevity and creating timeless homes that function effortlessly. As SHAWOOD Product Development Manager, Makoto Ochiai says, “We build sustainable elements into our homes, so that our customers can live in peace without constant concerns about how much energy they are using.” For a developed country such as Australia, it’s important to lead by example when it comes to sustainable development, and to show practical ways we can cut down on emissions and costs. This is exactly what SHAWOOD is helping the nation do – through an unparalleled level of technical integrity, quality of finish and deep focus on designing energy-efficient homes built from sustainably sourced materials. This is the Sekisui House way.
This SHAWOOD home in Japan demonstrates the hallmarks of comfortable living with its light-filled interiors, sense of open space, and indoor/outdoor connectivity.
The SHAWOOD system was born from a desire to meet the hopes and expectations of home owners.
SHAWOOD. Built to perform. Sekisui House entered the Japanese wooden-frame housing market in 1995, a year when the Kobe earthquake occurred, and the citizens were dealing with the aftermath of one of the worst disasters in the country’s history. Combining their experience in steel-frame construction with the attractiveness of timber, Sekisui House created “SHAWOOD” a highly advanced wooden-frame housing system with outstanding earthquake resistance and durability. SHAWOOD arose from a situation created by numerous factors coming together: not just the despair from the Kobe earthquake, but also the hopes and expectations for houses of the future. Sekisui House’s response was to spur a new evolution in housing that would build on their tradition of prioritising customer satisfaction.
Freedom of design
The comfort factor
The compact living conditions common in Japan have brought a thorough understanding of efficient and thoughtful spatial design. Sekisui House has translated these design considerations for the larger Australian home model, providing residents with ample storage and more astutely planned spaces.
The care and attention invested into each SHAWOOD home isn’t just about the precise and detailed construction – the quality of the living experience is just as important.
The SHAWOOD construction system uses engineered laminated timber posts and beams which are combined systematically to achieve the exact and most efficient load-bearing design. Posts and beams within a typical home are subjected to varying loads. The compositions of a SHAWOOD built home are precisely designed to match these loads whilst maximising the opportunity to create double height ceilings, raked ceilings and spacious rooms with large distances between walls. These spaces can dramatically improve the ambience and comfort of a home.
Advanced materials, passive design, airtightness and draft control techniques are used to minimise energy use and greatly enhance comfort levels. SHAWOOD’s unique exterior, for instance, which comprises an advanced cavity wall system, allows the home to breathe, promoting air flow and managing moisture levels. This increased airflow delivers natural cooling during summer months and maintains stable comfort all year round.
Always evolving Data collected on the performance of SHAWOOD homes in Australia, coupled with direct feedback from customers, is communicated back to Sekisui House’s Research and Development Institute in Kyoto, Japan to assist with continuous improvements and innovations.
Pre-engineered for precision. The starting point for all SHAWOOD homes in Australia is Sekisui House’s own Manufacturing and Quality Control Centre located in Ingleburn, NSW. The centre is responsible for manufacturing the engineered structural frames and trusses for SHAWOOD homes, and it’s also where other crucial specification components (such as those imported from Japan) are passed through for quality control prior to being delivered to the various construction sites.
All structural framing is preengineered in Sekisui House’s very own Manufacturing and Quality Control Centre in Australia, optimising lead times and adherence to strict in-house assurances. SHAWOOD’s precision offers substantial improvements in quality and efficiency during construction.
“Australia is currently the only location outside of Japan where a SHAWOOD home can be purchased. Much of the work involved in establishing SHAWOOD in Australia has gone into tailoring the processes for our conditions and building codes. The Manufacturing and Quality Control Centre is essential in ensuring that the integrity of a SHAWOOD home is maintained throughout the entire preengineering and construction process,” says Craig D’Costa, General Manager – The Hermitage and NSW Home Building. The structural timber used in a SHAWOOD home is sourced from sustainably managed forests in Northern Europe, and selected for their superior quality, uniformity and load bearing performance. Milled and glued under
pressure into laminated posts and beams, structural timbers developed by SHAWOOD are inherently strong and capable of spanning wide spaces to deliver internal architectural features that only a SHAWOOD home can achieve. Highly technical, computerised machinery at the facility is used to enable posts and beams to be fabricated precisely and to ensure that the proprietary metal fittings that secure the joints are attached to the exact millimetre. “The precision of SHAWOOD has a profound effect at construction stage, delivering a substantial improvement in quality and reliability and significantly reducing workload, build time, waste and errors on site,” Mr D’Costa said. “SHAWOOD has demonstrated Sekisui House’s ability to adapt the company’s state-of-the-art technology for an overseas market and we’re now well poised to grow the SHAWOOD offering in Australia. We see our delivery of SHAWOOD as an opportunity to lead by example when it comes to progressively pushing the boundaries of affordable and sustainable development.” Mr D’Costa added.
SHINKA House: A natural evolution. Sekisui House has been at the forefront of research and development in netzero-energy homes since 2008 when its Zero Emission House was revealed at the Hokkaido Toyako G8 summit. The company has since constructed over 35,000 net-zero-energy homes for families across Japan and is set to expand this capability into their global operations – including Australia. Launching in 2019, SHINKA House will be the first prototype net-zero-energy home constructed by Sekisui House outside of Japan. “SHINKA House will operate at a netzero-energy level while demonstrating how active and passive design considerations can deliver a highly functional, healthy and liveable home,” said Craig D’Costa, General Manager – The Hermitage and NSW Home Building. “Just as we did in Japan, our objective is to create a home that is not only net-zero-energy, but also an affordable proposition for Australians to build. The creation of SHINKA House is a massive step in that direction,” Mr D’Costa added.
The house is located at Sekisui House’s flagship masterplanned community, The Hermitage, Gledswood Hills, in Sydney’s south west. SHINKA House is expected to achieve a NatHERS thermal comfort rating of more than 8 stars, well above the 6 stars required under the Australian national standard. Features of the home include Sekisui House’s proprietary SHAWOOD construction system, minimalist PV and battery storage, air and acoustic balancing, and active and passive climate control measures. While SHINKA House is an exciting step towards making net-zero-energy homes a real prospect for Australian home buyers, Sekisui House is looking to take this a step further. The company has recently established a research probe into creating a net-zero-energy community within Australia.
Mr D’Costa says that this is a natural progression for the company, “Sekisui House has already received worldwide acclaim for their contribution to smart eco-towns, and the commencement of SHINKA House has paved the way for us to explore the technology at a community level in Australia.” At the core of the research will be investigation into renewable energy production and storage, including solar, embedded electrical networks, home to home energy sharing, flow batteries and hydrogen fuel cells. Mr D’Costa concludes, “following the probe, our intention is to apply the most effective sustainable technologies to further enhance our offering and extend our capabilities in delivering superior homes and communities that are both environmentally sound and economically viable.”
SHINKA House â€“ Sekisui Houseâ€™s first net-zero-energy home outside of Japan.
Smart Common City Akaishidai in Tomiya, Japan is one of many smart-cities that Sekisui House has developed across Japan.
SHINKA House is expected to be completed in 2019.
Born in Japan, designed for the world. “We follow a design principle where every space needs to have meaning and purpose. It’s about efficient design. That’s embedded in the Japanese culture.” Edward Natour Project Director Sekisui House Australia
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At the Comprehensive Research and Development Institute in Kyoto, Japan, there is a specialised experience studio which analyses how people live in their homes, their movements and behavioural patterns. It looks at how homes can be designed to help develop the minds and bodies of children, the differing needs of the elderly, and people with permanent and temporary disabilities. It’s this type of research that has informed the thinking behind every detail in our homes, from placement of handrails, door handles and light switches, through to considerations on heights for steps or minimum width of hallways. The insights we gain from our research studios are then communicated to the design team who work to embed functionality into an aesthetically thoughtful design. Takao Sawai, Corporate Marketing Manager at Sekisui House, says it’s not just about aesthetics, or just about functionality as the company views these both as imperative in the design process.
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Sekisui House’s Comprehensive Research and Development Institute in Kyoto, Japan.
Flexi-rooms at The Orchards have been designed to be adaptable for varying needs at the present, and changing needs in the future.
A two-bedroom floorplan with flexi-room at The Orchards.
“It’s about combining safety, style and comfort; creating an environment that could sustain your family for life,” Mr Sawai explains.
Designed for flexibility At The Orchards, in Sydney’s north west suburbs, Sekisui House is creating a new community with a focus on health and wellbeing. Luxury amenities for relaxation, entertainment and fitness have been thoughtfully designed into the masterplan with the future residents in mind. A unique feature of the apartments is a flexi-room which gives residents options to adapt their living space depending on their changing needs. The folding door system allows the room to be opened up as an extension of the living space, or closed off to make way for another bedroom, nursery, study, or hobby room. Project Director, Edward Natour says that these types of innovations and solutions have been inspired by home designs in Japan where people tend to remain in their homes for a longer time. “While Sekisui House has fine-tuned the art of efficient floorplans in Japan, we’re able to take this knowledge and adapt it for our Australian customers,” adds Mr Natour. “Our masterplanning process is not just about the external environment and what amenities we can provide, it extends down to the finest detail in every home.”
OUR STANCE Truth & Trust
LOVE OF HUMANITY
Sekisui House’s ‘customer-first’ approach is about prioritising the happiness and wellbeing of customers.
Customer relations team members take pride in supporting customers throughout the entire purchase journey.
Love of Humanity is our defining philosophy, guiding the entire business from the products we create to the relationships we nurture. 3
OUR BUSINESS FOCUS
Superior Quality & Leading Technology
Comfortable Housing & EcologicallySound Communities
Building relationships. At the heart of everything we do.
Back in 1989, Sekisui House established the ‘Love of Humanity’ philosophy which means that everything we do, we do in good faith, and with a spirit of service. Today, this philosophy is ingrained in all facets of the company – across the world. Importantly, it ensures we always put people’s happiness and wellbeing first – not just in the way we design homes and communities, but in each and every interaction.
Philosophy in action ‘Love of Humanity’ was a key driver for the company to create the Comprehensive Research and Development Institute in Kyoto – to better understand how people live in their homes, and what we can do to improve their experience. The unique facility is a first of its kind in the residential construction industry, demonstrating Sekisui House’s belief that life revolves around the home, and homes have the ability to affect the happiness of all members of the family.
Putting faces to relationships
A rewarding opportunity
Craig Barnes is Sales, Marketing and Customer Relations Manager at Sekisui House. He believes an authentic human relationship is part of what a customer can expect from us.
Often the handover of keys is seen as the end of the journey. For Sekisui House, we see it as a celebration for customers to remember forever. It’s also not the time for us to say good-bye. In fact, it’s just the beginning. The beginning of a new life for our customers, and an enduring relationship with Sekisui House.
“Quality of relationships is fundamental to quality of life. Sekisui House has delivered more than 2.4 million homes globally, and each one has been built with a connected relationship between ourselves and the customer,” says Mr Barnes. Our sales and customer relations team take pride in guiding customers through their buying journey, from the excitement of the decision to purchase, through the emotion of watching their homes come up from the ground, to the gratifying day of the handing over of the keys.
To say ‘thank you’ and to show appreciation to our loyal customers, we have introduced ‘Sekisui House Rewards’. The program offers benefits to customers who make successful referrals or who make multiple purchases. It’s one of the ways to ensure we keep adding value for our customers, for years to come.
Mr Barnes adds, “at the end of the day, it’s about our customers being comforted by the fact that our team is approachable, supportive and personable. This connection is paramount, and as result, over half our new customers that have bought a home at The Hermitage have done so via word of mouth from a previous purchaser.” 37
NEW SOUTH WALES
More than a philosophy. A reality. How we’re building the sustainable communities of today and tomorrow.
Since Sekisui House arrived in Australia in 2009, we’ve become synonymous with intelligent, high quality homes and communities across New South Wales and Queensland. Today, we have many projects at various stages of completion, each demonstrating the strong values of our Japanese heritage – a sharp eye for detail and adherence to the most rigorous quality standards.
By using the expertise we’ve honed over the years, we’re helping to create better solutions for all our communities, and with over $2 billion already invested (and more Australian projects planned over the next 20 years), we’re here for the long haul.
As a specialist residential property developer, we create everything from apartments and houses, to entire masterplanned communities, incorporating infrastructure, roads, public spaces and amenities. It’s this all round capability that sets us apart and allows us to guarantee the quality and timelessness of everything we put our name to.
The Hermitage Gledswood Hills New South Wales Land | Homes | Retail Village | Golf Dwellings: Over 2,000 Project value: $1.2 billion thehermitagesydney.com.au
â€œOur focus on design detail is creating a distinguishable new community at The Hermitage, embracing the intriguing topography of the land, the rare natural beauty and the distant mountain views.â€? Brent Thompson Senior Development Manager Sekisui House Australia
Set amongst undulating hills in an area of great natural beauty, The Hermitage, Gledswood Hills is made up of over 40 hectares of green open space and lush parklands. It’s here that urban convenience comes with room to move, a relaxed community atmosphere and a lifestyle that inner-city dwellers can only dream of. Residents can choose to fill their days with ambling walks or lengthy bike rides along the 50 kilometres of pedestrian paths and cycle ways, tee up on the 120 hectares of golfing precinct, or picnic in one of the abundant current and future parks – here, nature is always right at your doorstep.
Families have that vital space to grow, and children are free to play amongst the green open spaces that traverse the estate. Scenic regional vistas and an abundance of established local flora make it hard to believe you are within easy reach of Sydney’s CBD.
The natural beauty of The Hermitage is enhanced by the striking architecture of SHAWOOD homes.
Every SHAWOOD home is rich in natural light with a harmonious connection between indoor and outdoor living.
The Hermitage boasts over 150 hectares of open space, including dedicated parklands and a 27 hole golfing precinct.
The Orchards Norwest New South Wales Apartments Dwellings: 1,300 Project value: $1 billion the-orchards.com.au
“The Orchards has been designed to respect the land and strengthen and conserve the natural environment, creating a balance that’s sustainable for new communities today and into the future.” George Gesouras Senior Development Manager Sekisui House Australia
Designed with a focus on creating an optimal environment for wellness, The Orchards is a celebration of a lifestyle fine-tuned to perfection with nature. Inspired by the Hills Shireâ€™s rich history in orange growing, Sekisui Houseâ€™s vision for The Orchards sees community and nature bound by a respect long forgotten. The broad expression of design evident in the architecture, apartment interiors, internal and external landscaping in addition to urban design, is guided by a deep respect for sustainable and
connected communities. Environmental cues have been embedded into each of the siteâ€™s iconic buildings respecting the heritage-listed Bunya Pine, the significant ecological merit of the site, native woodlands and natural water formations. The Orchards brings together culture, design, ecology and sustainability on a level rare for a development of this scale.
Concierge service is just one of the luxury amenities within The Orchards masterplan.
The Orchards apartments have been designed with premium finishes and ample storage.
A healthy lifestyle connected to nature is at the heart of the vision for The Orchards masterplan.
Sanctuary Wentworth Point New South Wales Apartments Dwellings: Approx. 2,300 Project value: $1.9 billion sanctuaryapartments.com.au
â€œSanctuary will benchmark the standards of quality in public and private spaces, with more and more people wanting a home that provides convenience, access, balance and calm in their lives.â€? Paul Wainwright Sales and Marketing Operations Manager Sekisui House Australia
Located in the peninsula suburb of Wentworth Point, just 16kms from Sydney CBD, Sanctuary is an exemplary masterplan that applies smart design, rigorous thinking and collaborative partnerships to create a unique residential opportunity. Nestled amongst an extensive green belt, Sanctuary’s north facing, river fronted location is set to become one of Sydney’s most sought after residential developments.
Sanctuary effortlessly balances urban life with the local environment, offering a calm, connected lifestyle on the banks of Parramatta River. Its range of on-site amenities which includes a community vegetable garden, indoor and outdoor pools, gyms, outdoor exercise spaces and bike hire, promises to nurture a healthy lifestyle that delivers on every detail. And with over 47 hectares of nature reserves to explore and 45kms of bike paths around Sydney Olympic Park, the opportunities for a rich and connected lifestyle are unlimited.
Apartments at Sanctuary have been carefully planned with clean lines to maximise the northerly aspect and water views.
A genuine focus on people and their lifestyle needs has been integral to the design of Sanctuary.
A private rooftop deck complete with outdoor kitchen facilities makes an impressive amenity for entertaining family and friends.
Efficient indoor-outdoor floor plans add to Sanctuary’s superior lifestyle offer.
The Waterfront Wentworth Point New South Wales Apartments | Community Facilities Dwellings: 1,155 Project value: $610 million
As Sekisui House’s first apartment project in Australia, The Waterfront combines the accessibility of a big city with the tranquil surroundings of parklands and waterfront. The design philosophy across the five stages of the development was inspired by the lifestyle in a Mediterranean village where a thriving central piazza provides an ambient meeting place for the community.
The Address Wentworth Point New South Wales Apartments Dwellings: 996 Project value: $720 million theaddressapartments.com.au
Drawing on Sekisui House philosophy, the design of The Address emulates a journey across Sydney from the mountains to the harbour, using materials, flora, colours and forms to interpret this changing landscape. A ‘green spine’ runs throughout the heart of the project, creating natural and dynamic spaces to move through or sit and enjoy. The result merges home, landscape and people and promotes a sense of balance and community.
Yaroomba Beach Yaroomba Queensland Homes | Apartments | Retail | Hotel Dwellings: 740 Project value: $800 million yaroombabeach.com.au
A vibrant coastal village is coming to the Sunshine Coast. Yaroomba Beach will be a world-class destination with its unique beachside location set amongst lush native vegetation and the inclusion of The Westin Coolum Resort & Spa, the first 5-star resort in the Sunshine Coast in 30 years. Yaroomba Beach will embrace world leading sustainability initiatives and genuine ecotourism experiences to create an alluring destination for residents and visitors alike.
The Coolum Residences Yaroomba Queensland Land | Homes Dwellings: 145 Project value: $95 million thecoolumresidences.com.au
The Coolum Residences is located on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, where beautiful Mount Coolum meets the pristine northern coastline. The development offers harmonious resortstyle living and direct beach access to the 1.2 kilometre golden coastline of Yaroomba. Beachside at The Coolum Residences is now home to Sekisui House’s exclusive range of Affinity Homes, a collection of luxury homes with an 8-star energy rating that fuses contemporary design with forwardthinking environmental sensibility.
West Village West End Queensland Apartments | Retail | Commercial Dwellings: 1,250 Project value: $1 billion westvillage.com.au
“We are developing a project that represents real village living – a vibrant, integrated residential community – and our achievement of World Leadership status is critical to that.” Andrew Thompson Project Director Sekisui House Australia
Drawing on the lively character and history of Brisbane’s West End, West Village is an immersive and eclectic urban village, inspired by the world’s most engaging precincts. Like all things progressive and futurefocused, sustainability played a key role in West Village’s design with the project earning ‘world leadership’ status with the achievement of 6-star Green Star – Communities certification from the Green Building Council of Australia.
Contributing to this rating are initiatives including 100% carbon offset of energy to the site through an embedded network, electric vehicle charging stations around the site, and a 50kl/day grey water recycling plant for landscape irrigation of the extensive gardens and public spaces. Globally inspired yet intrinsically connected to West End’s one-of-a-kind culture and spirit, West Village will be a journey of discovery for residents and locals alike.
West Village draws inspiration from the world’s most engaging city precincts to create a unique and richly layered community.
The historic Peters Ice Cream factory has been reimagined as a New York style creative event space for Brisbane’s social set.
David Bromley sculptures sit alongside flowering trees and local retailers at The Common – a place where the community comes together.
Beautiful architecture rises above a dynamic new neighbourhood.
Ecco Ripley & Ripley Town Centre Ripley Queensland Land | Homes | Apartments | Town Centre Dwellings: 4,000 Project value: $2 billion eccoripley.com.au
“Ecco Ripley is bursting with energy and delivering a new way of living for people of every life stage and lifestyle.” Scott Blaney Queensland State Sales Manager Sekisui House Australia
The natural beauty of the Ripley Valley, and a desire to preserve and enhance the landscape through sustainable design methods was the inspiration behind Ecco Ripley’s masterplan. Ecco Ripley was designed to be at the forefront of major regional growth over the next decade. Precincts with individual identities connect to open parklands and link to Ripley Town Centre – the retail and commercial hub for the entire region.
In 2015, Ecco Ripley was one of the first communities in Australia to be awarded the coveted 5-star Green Star – Communities rating by the Green Building Council of Australia, having been assessed against best practice benchmarks for liveability, prosperity, environment, design, governance and innovation. With proximity to urban amenities blending seamlessly with the natural environment, this is a community created not only for today, but for generations to come.
The preservation of the natural surrounds and local eco systems is one of the most recognisable and appealing hallmarks of Ecco Ripley.
Ripley Town Centre is set to become the bustling core of the entire Ripley region. A visionary master planned community where commerce, innovation, retail and amenity connects on all levels.
Sekisui House home design – Ironbark 1222 – on display at Ecco Ripley.
An abundance of open spaces, community parks, nature strips and green ribbons encourage healthy lifestyles for all ages.
Central Park Chippendale New South Wales Apartments | Retail | Commercial | Hotel Dwellings: 2,000 Project value: $2 billion
“Central Park is more than just an award-winning ‘green building’. It’s a place that encourages people to come together and live a rewarding, sustainable life.”
centralparksydney.com.au Atsuhide Seguchi General Manager, Developments and Communities Sekisui House Australia
Designed by a world-leading team of architects in Sydney, London, Paris and Copenhagen, Central Park is inspired by the people of Sydney, and its spacious, landscaped gardens welcome nearby communities into its heart. With an unprecedented investment in green technologies, Central Park has raised the benchmark for sustainable living not just in Sydney, but globally.
Having won a multitude of local and international awards, including ‘Best Tall Building Worldwide’ for One Central Park in 2014, Central Park has become a landmark development seamlessly combining exemplary architecture with innovative environment technologies and solutions. Central Park has set a new global standard for sustainable urban renewal that consciously responds to society’s desire to live, work and play close to cities.
The distinctive cantilevered platform at One Central Park is both an architectural design feature, and innovative piece of engineering to reflect light into overshadowed areas.
Central Park has become an iconic destination drawing people in towards its vibrant retail experiences and wide open parkland.
At the heart of Central Park is the 6,400 sqm Chippendale Green, a captivating public domain providing recreational space for the city’s workers, students, residents and visitors.
The sophisticated interiors of an apartment within DUO at Central Park.
Royal Shores Ermington New South Wales Apartments Dwellings: 632 Project value: $450 million
Royal Shores is an award-winning masterplan development that draws on the siteâ€™s rich maritime history. Completed in 2016, the innovative apartments offer residents the opportunity for true indoor/outdoor living with winter gardens designed to allow flexibility for all-weather situations. The newly upgraded foreshore, park and playground has unlocked the Harbour for not only residents, but the entire suburb of Ermington.
Jewel Wentworth Point New South Wales Apartments | Retail Dwellings: 249 Project value: $250 million
Completed in 2017, Jewel is an awardwinning development occupying a prime waterfront position at the northern tip of the Wentworth Point peninsula.
With the luxury of village retail and Sydney Olympic Park ferry wharf at its doorstep and a 20-metre wide foreshore promenade that winds around the peninsula, Jewel offers every indulgence and convenience at your fingertips.
A word from the CEO Toru Abe.
TOTAL PROPERTIES DELIVERED
Toru Abe CEO and Managing Director Sekisui House Australia
2,425,372 WORLDWIDE “We’ve now delivered over 10,000 properties in Australia, a proud milestone for us, but a small number compared with that of 2.4 million worldwide.”
As we approach our ten-year anniversary in Australia in 2019, we look back with pride on our accomplishments. We would like to express our gratitude to those who have helped to make us what we are today. The Japanese spirit of service was the most important standard we set ourselves for our operations in Australia from day one. Over the past ten years, we have come to understand what matters to Australians. This has set the standard for our commitment to delivering an unrivalled level of quality, design and service. Recently, we launched our unique customer loyalty program, and also created new opportunities to communicate and extend our service offering to customers. We are proud of the technologies developed by our in-house R&D division, including our Comprehensive Housing Research and Development Institute in Kyoto, Japan. Our application of R&D is unique in the residential development industry, and while our innovations will continue to benefit generations of future residents, they have already enhanced the lives of over 2.4 million families around the world who chose us to create their homes.
1. As at 31 Dec 2018, 2. As at 31 Jan 2019
We are also proud of our position as a global leader in sustainable residential developments, backed by over 50 years’ experience in Japan. Since showcasing the world-first Zero Emission House at the G8 Toyako Summit in 2008, we have firmly established ourselves as the world number one producer of net-zero-energy homes with over 35,000 built within Japan alone. This wealth of experience will soon be brought to Australia as we launch a first-of-its-kind technologically advanced home product – one that will address the country’s specific and unique climatic conditions, and provide more comfortable and healthier lifestyles. We’ve now delivered over 10,000 properties in Australia, a proud milestone for us, but a small number compared with that of 2.4 million worldwide. Since 2009, we’ve created some truly inspiring and award-winning spaces for Australians, and we’re more committed than ever to continue to grow and create better homes and communities. We are only just beginning.
Sekisui House, Ltd. International Head Office 1-1-88, Oyodonaka Kita-ku, Osaka 531-0076 Japan
Sekisui House Australia New South Wales Ground Floor, 68 Waterloo Road Macquarie Park NSW 2113 Phone: 02 8817 1400 Queensland Level 1, 97 Boundary Street West End QLD 4101 Phone: 07 3361 3777 Manufacturing and Quality Control Centre 6B Macdonald Road Ingleburn NSW 2565 Phone: 02 8817 1400
Winner – Connor, Central Park Development of the Year – High Density Residential Urban Developer Awards
Winner – Royal Shores, Ermington Best Urban Renewal Development Urban Taskforce Development Excellence Awards
Winner – West Village Excellence in Marketing Urban Developer Awards
Winner – Connor, Central Park Excellence in High Density Development UDIA NSW Awards for Excellence
High Commendation – West Village Interpretation and Promotion National Trust Heritage Awards (QLD)
Finalist – West Village Excellence in Marketing UDIA QLD Awards for Excellence
Commendation – Taiga, The Address Excellence in High Density Development UDIA NSW Awards for Excellence
Finalist – West Village Award for Investment in Brisbane Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Business Awards
Finalist – The Orchards, Norwest Excellence in Marketing UDIA NSW Awards for Excellence 58
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Continuum is Sekisui House's flagship publication illustrating the Company's core values and philosophies applied throughout their Australia...
Published on Feb 25, 2019
Continuum is Sekisui House's flagship publication illustrating the Company's core values and philosophies applied throughout their Australia...