GROWING THE SOUTH-WEST | Shawood’s 100th home going up at Gledswood Hills

EFFICIENT: “Clearly, energy efficiency would be pushed, given current housing affordability and energy charges," said Sekisui's Toru Abe (right, with Craig D'Costa).
EFFICIENT: “Clearly, energy efficiency would be pushed, given current housing affordability and energy charges," said Sekisui's Toru Abe (right, with Craig D'Costa).

Developer Sekisui House has just started its 100th Shawood home at their masterplanned estate The Hermitage at Gledswood Hills.

Since its launch in Japan in 1995, Sekisui has built more than 50,000 Shawood homes.

Sekisui chief executive Toru Abe said: “Our market research indicated in the very early stages that Australia had the potential to adopt and perhaps in time demand a higher level of performance and quality in mainstream new-home building.

“It was clear energy efficiency and thermal comfort would continue to be pushed by policy-makers and for good reason, particularly given current housing affordability and energy charges.

“The Japanese technology and construction are a feature of Shawood homes are among the first of its type in Australia. Sekisui builds on average 3500 Shawood homes every year in a global environment where energy and thermally-efficient homes are growing in demand.”

Sekisui general manager Craig D’Costa said: “The market seems to have accepted our construction form alternative and is attuned to the benefits compared with traditional brick-veneer.”

Next year some new Shawood designs will be released in Sydney.Japanese design and integrated housing technology underpin Shawood homes, focusing on attention to detail, light-filled interiors, exposed timber beams and indoor/outdoor connection.

A metal joint and laminated post-and-beam construction creates large uninterrupted spans and double height voids, optimising views, light and function.

Shawood homes start at $635,000 at The Hermitage at Gledswood Hills here in the South-West. This 320-hectare estate will eventually have over 2000 new homes. It has 155 hectares of open space, including 35 hectares of parklands and a 120-hectare  golfing precinct with a nine-hole course designed and built by Greg Norman. A 3.5-kilometre green corridor connects the northern golf precinct to the community.

  • The Hermitage sales centre: corner of Fairbank Drive and Camden Valley Way at Gledswood Hills or 1800 113 943.
  • The Hermitage website here: thehermitagesydney.com.au.
  • Shawood website here: shawoodaustralia.com.au.