Featuring PowerHouse Homes Founder and CEO, Waco Tao

If you’ve got doubts about Prefabricated Housing and happen to find yourself in Melbourne’s North-West suburb of Melbourne, you’ve well and truly found yourself in the right place. 

Why? Because the PowerHouse Homes display suite known as “Golden Bird’s Nest” located in Tarneit will make you forget everything you thought you knew about Prefabricated Housing—and one 20 minute drive from Melbourne’s CBD is all it will take.

You may have crossed paths with PowerHouse Homes at Melbourne’s DesignBuild Expo earlier this year, but before we delve deeper into PowerHouse Homes’ latest manifestation, let’s first get you acquainted.

PowerHouse Homes is a Melbourne based prefab housing company that is specialised in R&D, manufacturing and constructing of prefabricated buildings that cater for both residential and commercial markets.

It has revolutionised the approach to housing with a most innovative and unique formula, placing it amongst the global market leaders in the prefabricated housing market.

Affordable yet eco-friendly homes designed by multi-award winning Australian architects and eight-week turnaround from order to turnkey are amongst the key USPs that PowerHouse Homes can offer.

PowerHouse Homes’ Founder and CEO, Waco Tao, likes to think of “Golden Bird’s Nest” display suite in Tarneit

as a showcase, allowing potential buyers to have a full-sensory experience of the capabilities, e.g. thermal and acoustics performance of a PowerHouse Home.

Winding a few months back to August when the modules first landed onsite—it’s now officially all systems go. Visually speaking, there’s no way to differentiate a prefab home from a stick-build one.

So the display suite is not only about how great a prefabricated home can look, it’s predominantly about feeling—feeling the difference of
a Prefabricated Home in terms of its structural strength and so on.

Contemporary? Check. Well-polished? Check. And yes, while it’s a fact that based on looks alone, a PowerHouse Home is very easy on the eye, it’s actually a case of being more than just a pretty face. Thanks to the many benefits of a prefab home, its interior structure promotes low running cost for living.

And Waco gets it. “Generally speaking, people don’t like changes. But I think nothing is more compelling than walking into something that’s solid in structure, thermally insulated and acoustically controlled.”

Which is why Waco wants you to consider the display suite as a physical way to experience a taste of a PowerHouse Home, and the Agile Housing Model, which is the building system utilised for all PowerHouse Prefab Homes.

Agile Housing is a modular system of construction where all steel-framed modules are compartmented. Unlike the traditional method of building, the modular system allows for every part of the house to have residual value.

Furthermore, one of the best points of differentiation from this innovation is that it’s completely customisable. There are many options offered in terms of styles, colours and finishes for modular homes. Thanks to technology, potential buyers even have the opportunity to look through a multitude of compartment options and finishes, separately and individually, for any room of the house.

The design aspect certainly isn’t compromised, if anything it is enhanced. Any modules no longer needed by the original owners may be useful for someone else. So as well as the modular system being an environmentally sustainable model, rather than subtracting from the pocket, the opposite is being done.

To put it simply, Prefabricated Housing is both environmentally friendly and sustainable, unlike traditional housing. So the first point of differentiation is the green factor. Prefabricated houses are high in energy star ratings and low in running cost for living.

As well as having thermal protection and acoustics performance.  The second point of differentiation is speed. One house can be built in as fast as eight weeks as opposed to twelve months, to say the least.

And the third point is quality. A Prefabricated House can be completely recycled from one loving owner to the next, whether that’s the whole  house or specific compartments. In addition to the Prefabricated House being both customisable and extremely quick to build, they are also both transportable and relocatable. And finally, the land usage required to build a Prefabricated House is minimal, requiring a minimum of 3x6 metres of land.

At the moment, Australians are largely yet to cotton on to Prefabricated Housing, however a number of advocates lobbying for the movement do currently exist. And PowerHouse Homes is well and truly an expert in leading the race, with Waco having won numerous accolades to legitimise his knowledge in the area.

Ensuring he’s up to date in all regards, Waco’s also very active in the digital space, as it allows him to educate the public and articulate the PowerHouse Homes’ belief and philosophy. “Instagram has been beneficial in allowing us to document our journey in solving the housing crisis in Australia.”

The official PowerHouse Homes Instagram account, powerhouse_homes is where you can see behind-the- scenes photographs, which document the display suite’s inception from earlier this year.

For further information, check out www.powerhousehomes.com.au and to schedule a viewing of the Tarneit display suite (by appointment only), please email your interest through to info@powerhousehomes.com.au.

But that’s enough suite talk for now, it’s time to see for yourself.