The sustainably designed Habitat, in Byron Bay NSW, offers a new way to live and work in the purpose-built 12.5 acre mixed-use village designed by architect Dominic Finlay Jones. Equitone’s Tectiva through-coloured fibre cement panels distributed by Fairview, fittingly feature over the exterior façade of the eco-friendly development.
A collaborative hub which centres around six commercial buildings along with a residential component, Habitat was designed to passively control thermal loads and maximise cross ventilation while also including numerous active environmental systems. Equitone Tectiva’s proven rain-screen system aids in this process by deflecting rain and heat, and the ventilation space allows air to circulate behind the panels, creating comfort while eliminating condensation and mould growth.
The through-coloured façade panels expose the natural hue and raw texture that is unique to each panel. This organic detail compliments the green development while providing a non-combustible solution as well as a longevity that exceeds 50 years thus reducing the need for replacement and waste.