Ichijo Technology Homes decided to incorporate Hebel PowerPanels in their home designs. The reason for this was to give customers more options in energy saving that could achieve a minimum of 7 star energy rating. Ichijo was impressed with Hebel’s energy efficiency, acoustic capability and construction efficiency.
Following industry recommendation, Ichijo’s Construction Manager Brian Willis contacted Ryan Steyn of Empower Construction about supplying and installing the Hebel PowerPanels.
Ichijo had specific requirements regarding the dimensions needed, and in particular sought a thicker wall than was standard with Hebel in order to achieve a higher energy efficient rating. As lightweight construction specialists Empower was able to customise a system of installation, and have it approved by CSR – the manufacturer of Hebel. The system devised means that the battens used are of a thicker gauge, allowing Ichijo to achieve the desired wall thickness without voiding the manufacturer’s warranty.
Ichijo also wanted to create a larger window reveal to accommodate shutters or window furnishings. Empower Construction’s method of installing the Hebel panels was able to meet this requirement, plus they were able to provide an end-to-end solution including the supply of Hebel PowerPanels, along with installation, rendering and painting services.
Mr Willis was very pleased with the Hebel products, the solution developed and the quality and efficiency of the installation, rendering and painting services. “Our company tagline is ‘Energy Efficient Homes’ and the Hebel panels installed using the custom method make an important contribution to this objective,” said Mr Willis.
The speed of installation and finish is an attribute Ichijo particularly values.
“A Hebel PowerPanel measuring 600 X 2800 panel replaces the need to lay 95 bricks,” said Mr Willis. “This means we can complete projects faster which has multiple benefits for the project, including reducing the length of time the building could be affected by weather.”
“We’re really pleased with the high level of interest in the homes,” said Mr Willis. “This is translating into strong sales for these designs.”
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