Get our insider knowledge with Darren Finlay


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With decades of building experience Darren has a wealth of knowledge to share.

Some career highlights include:-

  • Building practitioner to advise the Federal Government implementation
  • President of HIA North Queensland Chapter
  • Construction Manager for project home builder delivering 200+ builds in a year
  • CSIRO funded Tiny Tropical Healthy House build
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Insider knowledge with Darren Finlay

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Get the insider knowledge Darren Finlay

Darren is a second generation builder.  He follows his fathers footsteps, Reg, completing his apprenticeship in Brisbane in the early 1950’s. Darren was bitten by the innovation bug witnessing creative methodology on-site.

Darren initially worked in the timber engineering industry.  With this success he then progressed to run the construction division for the largest new home project builder in North Queensland for close to 10 years.

It was in the early 2000’s that Darren became a registered builder and launched his own construction company. This building company went on to build close to 50 Award Winning homes.  These awards included Home of the Year four times.  On multiple occasions he was also awarded the Sustainable House of the Year.

It was then that he realised, for the market to have better housing, there needed to be an example of what that looks like, and this was the start of Innovation House.  In 2011 he started construction on the first pilot version of the Innovation House 1.0, being Australia’s first 10 Star Rated Display home.

This 10 star home has continued as a ‘living experiment’ with the residents experimenting with high performance housing after the initial display home period.  This experience is foundational to the Innovation House Australia journey and this background in an invaluable resource for our Renovation Insiders.

1 review for Get our insider knowledge with Darren Finlay

  1. Anne

    Dear Darren,
    Thank you so much for all your amazing expertise and kind assistance. I’m so happy my friends got to meet you – you are the best.

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