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+ How is Valley Workshop different?

Valley Workshop is a design lead building  practice. We pride ourselves on delivering the high quality architecturally designed flat packed buildings.

We value and enjoy the collaboration between architect and client that results in new homes and additions that create extra space for families, new places to co-exist and provide a lifestyle change.

Being both architects and builders enables us to fully translate the design requirements to built form with no suprises. You are not paying a builder $$$ for speculation.

Our pre-fabrication in the workshop saves time onsite. We are building in a controlled environment. Our building systems are economical and time is money. We love timber and all things environmentally friendly. We embrace these values with our clients in all aspects of our services.
Through our innovation we seek to contribute to the development of industry and locally based manufacturing. We are applying our environmentally sustainable structurally insulated panels to every house and are a leader in Australia in this field.


+ What does flat packed mean?

We build our houses out of large floor, roof and wall modules to a stage that is as complete as possible. These are built in the Westbury workshop, flat packed and trucked to site. Wall modules have windows in, cladding on, trims on and are as complete as possible when they leave the workshop. Our buildings are designed to ensure that they seamlessly join together with minimal onsite time to complete the project. The builder in the workshop is not at the mercy of weather, quality control and budgets are ensured. We transport our prefabricated, fully clad walls and structurally insulated panels statewide in Tasmania.


+ What is a structural insulated panel?

A simple analogy: Picture building a model house with uncooked spaghetti, then picture building a model house with a deck of cards. The deck of cards will go together more efficiently. The spaghetti house will be a lot more fiddly and time consuming. In the real world time is money on a building site. In the real world, the cards are structural, they are insulated and they are panels. Sip panels are warmer, have greater spans and are more efficient to build with. In Australia SIPs have a small presence but are virtually unknown and the SIPs that are available have an insulating core of polystyrene (foam) which is an environmental disaster as it never breaks down. There are islands of polystyrene floating in the pacific. The outer skin of the other Australian SIP is Oriented Strand Board, or OSB and is imported from Europe, Canada and USA.

Valley Workshop has developed a SIP that is free of polystyrene and the outer plywood skin and internal skeleton is being source from Tasmania’s forestry industry. Our insulation is made of recycled bottles. Our panel is called an eSIP(environmentally sustainable structurally insulated panel). eSips have been used in our client builds since 2014. These are an Australian first.

Our calculations show that we save 28% on our flooring system using SIPs in comparison with a conventional flooring systems that relies on bearers and joists. Our estimations on the R value of our floor Sips are 4.2, a conventional floor having a value of 2.4. Our roof Sips having an R value of 8 which is double that of a conventional roof system of R 4.1. The Valley Workshop house reduces thermal leakage. Heating and cooling costs are lower for the life cycle of the building.


+Are all of Valley Workshop projects fully custom designed?

Yes. Valley Workshop is an architectural practice. For each of our projects we provide a full architectural design service. This means we work with you from initial brief stage through to completion of construction to ensure design requirements are fully translated to the built form.


+ Are there design limitations are associated with prefabrication?

No


+ How long will it take to design my project?

Each project is unique and therefore the amount of time to collaborate with our clients to reach the optimum design outcome can vary. As a guide we suggest that working toward a preferred concept design may take between four to six weeks.


+ What approvals do I need for my project?

Valley Workshop designs and builds throughout Tasmania and Australia. The approval requirements for your site will be subject to local authority requirements. As a first step in the design process we will establish the specific requirements applicable to your property. Through the design process we will manage the approval process on your behalf.


+ Do Valley Workshop buildings satisfy all regulatory requirements applicable to conventionally built projects?

Yes. Valley Workshop buildings are built to all codes and regulations applicable to standard residential construction. Our buildings are designed and built to fully comply with the National Construction Code (NCC), relevant bushfire regulations, cyclone building codes, and to exceed the environmental performance requirements of the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS).


+ Does Valley Workshop manage all aspects of construction?

Yes. Valley Workshop is a building company. We comprehensively manage and deliver all aspects of construction required for the completion of your project from site surveying through to final inspection.


+ How long will it take to build my project?

Our projects are custom designed and therefore build times vary. As an example a new three bedroom house may take 10-14 weeks being built flat packed in the workshop and then 5-10 days to put the pieces together onsite. Then is it will be 8-12 weeks working with subcontractors onsite.


+ What are the environmental credentials of Valley Workshop’s projects?

Our building system has been developed to surpass the performance of traditional construction. For each building we carefully address; embodied energy – through the selection of natural materials, operation energy – through efficient design and an understanding of the local conditions and by sourcing local sustainably produced materials, thermal performance – by providing insulation that exceeds the requirements of the National Construction Code (NCC) and through the construction process – by reducing waste.


+ What are some design features of Valley Workshops buildings?

As architects our primary focus is contemporary vision and functioning space. The buildings give a sense of well being. The architecture transforms by responding to the existing. In practice designs will consider geographical features, seasonal sun pathways, light and space. After all, good design is never purely decorative. We enjoy embarking on an individual design process for each project to obtain the optimum outcome to meet our client’s individual needs.

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