Firm works on revolutionary design

THE designers of Grantham's first new home say they are on the verge of revolutionising flood-proof housing around the world.

Mark Winfield from Pearls MiiHome said buildings like the Mahons' new home were the way of the future in disaster-prone areas.

"It's the first of its kind," he said.

"The whole house is built of structural panels made of styrofoam and steel.

"That makes it cheaper than the cheapest build.

"And you can build a whole house in four or five weeks so you're not dealing with a construction site for five months."

Rebecca Oelkers from Brisbane Housing Company, which funded for the construction, said two other similar homes were being built on the new housing estate.

"We're very proud of this home," she said.

"The Mahons will rent this while their own home is being built.

"For our other ones, we have a deferred payment plan over a 10-year period, with no interest."

Mr Winfield said his invention was on the verge of cracking Asian markets.

"Over the next week, we should have contracts to get 4000 of these homes built overseas in India and Papua New Guinea," he said.

"It's built like an esky, giving it a 9.5 star energy rating.

"It's also flood, earthquake, tsunami and fire-proof.

"If a flood somehow came through here, it would just be a case of hosing the house out when it was over."

Topics:  building floods home design natural disasters

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