Innovative Memod housing afloat
STONELAKE Design and Construction launched its Memods housing at Park Beach on Friday.
The launch follows the successful application for patents covering several key markets by Stonelake, which manufactures the low-cost structures in its Coffs Harbour factory and already has tenants living in two of the homes.
The local structures are two-bedroom cottages that were delivered on-site on two semitrailers and provisioned for occupation within seven days.
The principal of Stonelake, Maurice Lake, said the first two Memods encapsulated many of the advantages of the Memod system, but were only an indication of the accommodation possibilities using its patented technology.
He said the structures were secure and easily customised.
Exchangeable external panels could slide across all windows and openings, while the structural integrity of Memods also provided protection from rising floodwaters.
Mr Lake said a Memod situated in flood-prone environments could be built with a completely waterproof floor and due to its overall structural integrity, the whole building could literally float on vertically sliding pier foundations.
Stonelake has spent the past five years developing the Memod system.
The company has also successfully applied for a Federal Government industrial research and development grant to develop the concept.
Mr Lake has engaged an engineering firm to evaluate the structural integrity of Memods compared to other forms of manufactured housing and permanent construction.
“I am extremely confident Memods will be stronger than anything that is currently available on the Australian market,” he said.