SmartSkin in the Media


It's all about size

SmartSkin director Chris Barnett spoke at the Habitat21 about the impact of building size on sustainability.  Habitat21, a sustainable housing initiative by the Victorian Government, Burbank Homes and a group of leading Victorian architecture firms.

The five architecturally designed houses are compact with a 7 star rating. www.habitat21.com.au.






Australian Institute of Architects
Refuel Victoria lecture series

Monday 30 August, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Level 3, 41 Exhibition Street

Assembling parts to create architecture is more than prefabrication. It is a design philosophy that stems from details and crafts elements to create a whole. Architects have investigated the concept for over 60 years, but it is only in recent years that the methodology has had the potential to change our industry.

Two pioneering architects come together to discuss their parts based projects, approaches and visions

Chris Barnett: director of Third Skin, presents his SmartSkin construction system, demonstrating that by designing ‘parts’, higher sustainable objectives can be achieved

Nonda Katsalidis: Director and founding member of Fender Katsalidis presents “Little Hero”. A multi-residential project that is designed and assembled using factory constructed

Chris Barnett's presentation will be available here following the event.






The Sunday Age
Author: Michael Green
Date: 02/05/2010

Prefabricated houses can be sustainable, if you choose carefully, writes Michael Green.
FOR most buyers, prefabricated homes have three big pluses: a set product, a set price, and construction in double-quick time.

The factory-built process can also result in far less waste. Architect and environmental design consultant Chris Barnett, from Third Skin Sustainability, says that even if prefab companies aren't eco-minded, they're likely to use materials efficiently. Read more....