Our History

We learn from our past to move into the future.

Established in 1960, we are proud to be one of Japan’s most respected community developers and home builders. With over two million homes built, an array of awards for innovation, quality and sustainability, and a focus on improving our environment, we are committed to making a positive impact in the Australian market.
1960

Our company is founded in Japan.

Sekisui House was established during a period of rapid expansion and economic growth in postwar Japan. The company responded to the social problems of the time with solutions in prefabrication technology to mass produce homes that could withstand disasters such as fire and earthquakes.

This original pre-fabricated home (A-Type design) built by Sekisui House in 1963 was designated by Japan’s Agency of Cultural Affairs as a Tangible Cultural Property in 2016. The house has been lovingly maintained in its original specification for over 50 years and is of true historical significance, representing Japan’s post-war housing industry.
1990

We open our Comprehensive Housing Research and Development Institute in Kyoto.

The Comprehensive R&D Institute comprises of the Technology R&D Institute and Nattoku Kobo Studio (Home Amenities Experience Studio).

The Technology R&D Institute consists of more than 30 facilities which work to develop advanced technologies for present and future generations. It makes diverse feasibility studies to offer unique proposals to customers. 

Today, Sekisui House spends approxmiately AUD $40million in research and development in Japan.

1993

We celebrate one million dwellings built across Japan.

1995

SHAWOOD is launched in Japan as a result of demand for highly engineered housing construction displaying resistance and durability to Japan's extreme weather conditions


SHAWOOD have now constructed over 70,000 homes globally, with a consistent roll out of more than 4,000 per year.

1999

We announce our Environmental Future Plan, an environmental charter aimed at achieving harmony between human beings, towns and the planet.

2001

We introduce our ‘Five Trees’ landscape design philosophy to promote conservation of biodiversity.

Since 2001, Sekisui House has promoted gardening and landscaping activities known as the Gohon no ki greenery project. This involves the proactive inclusion of indigenous species of plants that are able to provide support for local creatures in consideration of the ecosystem.
2002

All our six Centres for Manufacturing and Quality Control achieve zero emissions status in Japan.

2005

Declaration on Sustainability

We announce our Declaration on Sustainability outlining our commitment and investment into sustainability across the breadth of our operation.

We established our “Urban Development Charter”, defining 24 guidelines that assist us to evaluate our achievements in sustainable urban developments.
2006

The Japanese Minister of Environment awards Sekisui House for our contribution to reduce global warming.

2007

We achieve zero emission status for all our home reconstruction sites in Japan.

2008

We collaborate in the construction of the “Zero Emission House” for the G8 Summit.

We collaborated in the construction of the world’s first Zero Emission Home showcased at the G8 Summit in Hokkaido Toyako, Japan. We were also certified by the Japanese Environment Ministry as the housing and construction industry’s first “Eco-First Company” and we introduced our carbon neutral housing in Japan.
2009

Sekisui House expands into Australia and we acquire our first development sites in Australia.

In the same year, we launch our “Green First” Housing in Japan.
2010

On our 50 Year Anniversary, we celebrate two million dwellings built in Japan.

2011

We commence the visionary Central Park project in Sydney's Chippendale with our joint venture partner.

We also deliver the first stage of The Waterfront, our first masterplanned apartment community in Australia, at Wentworth Point NSW.
2012

We open The Hermitage, our flagship masterplanned community at Gledswood Hills, NSW.

2013

Over 10 million trees planted globally since 2000.


This is also the year we commenced development on Ecco Ripley, our first masterplanned community in QLD.

In Japan, we launched the “Green First Zero” housing model, an initiative promoting energy-neutral housing.
2014

We introduce a new range of SHAWOOD homes available for the first time at The Hermitage, Gledswood Hills NSW.

The Arise house design collection is launched in Queensland Australia, featuring Sekisui House’s philosophy-led designs.

We launch our second apartment project in Sydney at The Address, Wentworth Point.
2015

We partner with international golfing legend Greg Norman to design and construct a premium signature golf course at The Hermitage, Gledswood Hills.


By 2015, almost 71% of all new homes built in Japan are net-zero-energy homes (ZEH). Sekisui House Japan aims to increase this to 80% by 2020.
2016

Over 8,500 homes built for families around Australia.

We complete AUD $600million+ worth of new land acquisitions across NSW and QLD, stretching our pipeline of projects beyond the next ten years.

We commence construction on our first Brisbane apartment community, West Village in West End, Qld.

We attended the United Nations Climate Change Conference, the 22nd conference of the parties (COP22) as the sole presenter from a private sector company. We led the session on reducing carbon emissions in building and construction.
2017

We commence development on The Orchards, our first masterplanned community at Norwest in Sydney.


We complete The Address, our second apartment community in Wentworth Point, NSW.
 
2018

We open the first stage of Ripley Town Centre in QLD, the new commercial and retail hub for Ecco Ripley and the entire Ripley region.


We launch Sanctuary, our third masterplan apartment community in Wentworth Point, comprising 2,000 premium waterfront units.

Sekisui House, Ltd. is awarded the Grand Prize at the 27th Annual Global Environment Awards for achievements in eco-friendly, anti-disaster “Smart Community” projects.
 

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