Modular housing company Force10 is providing the Victorian government with tiny homes to help resolve one of Melbourne’s biggest social issues – rough sleepers.
Currently six of the company’s homes are planned for construction at Preston in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, with the first completed this week.
Homes will also be delivered for four other locations across the city. In total, the government expects the homes will house 30 people and each site will also incorporate 24-hour support services to assist homeless people to transition to longer-term rental accommodation.
Nearly $10 million has been provided for the initiative through the Government’s Towards Homeprogram.
“This is a new approach that will deliver transitional housing and individual support to people who need it most,” Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley said.
“It will make sure people are supported as they make the journey back to stable housing, improve their health and wellbeing, and reconnect with family and community.”
The homes don’t just have social credentials, they also have sound environmental sustainability .
The dwellings are prefabricated at the company’s factory in Brisbane and delivered as a flat pack. The prefab process also includes all internal linings and finishes, and no ground slab is required as they have steel framing.
There is no on-site waste generated during erection.
Structural insulated panels for walls, ceilings and floors, and insulated internal linings gives a thermal and energy performance beyond code minimum. Some Force10 homes achieve ratings as high as 9.5 Star NatHERS, and all exceed the 6 Star building code minimum.
Low VOC materials have also been used to ensure the indoor environment is a healthy one.
Extensive testing by organisations including BRANZ in New Zealand and the CSIRO has shown they can withstand Flame Zone bushfire attack with the cement sheeting that comprises the exterior. They can also withstand the strongest of cyclones and typhoons up to C4 Region D cyclonic winds.
The homes also carry CodeMark certification from the Australian Building Codes Board as compliance with the National Construction Code.
The Melbourne project is being managed by Force10 Victoria, which is owned by builder Mark Evans.
Since launching in the state three years ago, it has completed numerous projects.
The parent company, which is wholly Australian-owned, also has a substantial export market, with homes being sold to countries including the USA, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Vanuatu, United Arab Emirates, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, the Caribbean, Guam and Tahiti.