Sustainability the winner at BDAV Building Design Awards

The 20th Building Designers Association of Victoria (BDAV) Building Design Awards put green homes in the spotlight, with many of Sanctuary’s household names topping the honours list.

Positive Footprints took out Best Energy Efficient Design for Green & Gold House, featured in Sanctuary 30. The accessible high-performing new build, is the first in a series of off-the-plan 9 Star homes. The home uses almost half the power and one-tenth of the gas used by the average Melbourne home, despite the power needed for special needs care.

EME Design’s Luke Middleton was also a frequent guest to the stage for his striking South Yarra Heritage Reinvention project (pictured above), which won best Heritage Conservation project and best Residential Interior Design project. His heritage renovation and Anderson Residence at Grey River were joint winners for best use of timber.

Trentham-1-800x550Glow Design Group was awarded Best Environmentally Sustainable Design for its pared-back 700 Haus in Trentham, Victoria (pictured right). The off-grid farmhouse was created to last with locally sourced and low-impact materials.

Other winners included Maxa Design, for the coveted 10-Star Design Challenge Award for Arc. The design aims to sit quietly on the site with minimal impact on the landscape, and is completely self-sufficient for water, power and waste.

Beaumont Concepts’ modular designs featured in Sanctuary 31 took out two awards for new house design, while Christopher Megowan Design’s striking Convertible Courtyard won Most Innovative Small Project.

The most prestigious award – Building Design of the Year was taken out by Designers by Nature for its Coastal Exposure project.

For a full list of winners see

AIA’s sustainable architecture award winners

New Town House, Hobart 

Small practice architect John Adam won a Sustainable Architecture Award. New Town Road House received the Peter Willmott Award for Small Project Architecture at the 2015 Tasmania Architecture Awards. The house, designed by Core Collective and featured in Sanctuary 30 is set on just a 76 square metre block.

Once a fish and chip shop, the tiny building has expanded over three floors to a two-bedroom, two-bathroom home with living areas and a studio. The design incorporates a mixed palette of reused materials including the original red brick walls and a textured patchwork in the studio wall made up of collected glass and steel, salvaged from the property over the years.

Above image: Peter Whyte

Read more about the house in Shopfront Revival in Sanctuary 30.

Grandfather Tom, South Australia

grandfather tom

Small practice John Adam Architect won a Sustainable Architecture Award in the South Australian awards for ‘Grandfather Tom’, a renovation and extension to a 20th Century villa.

“One of the core sustainability principles for this deceptively simple house addition was a desire to minimise the floor area of any additional space. Most of the pre-existing ‘back-end’ additions for the early 20th Century villa were retained and incorporated into the new living, kitchen and bathroom elements. Careful planning has enabled generous living spaces and doubling the hallway with study space allowed these to be constrained,” according to the judges.
“The incorporation of good practice environmental controls such as hydronic radiators, good cross ventilation, northerly aspect, high levels of insulation and relatively low embodied energy construction, demonstrate the continuation of sustainable thinking into the detailed aspects of the project.”
For more details on this project head to the SA awards website.
Polychrome, New South Wales
Image: David Boyle Architect
A New South Wales sustainability award went to this colourful design by David Boyle Architect. Called ‘Polychrome’, the four, two-bedroom units in Newtown, Sydney, have had minimal changes to the existing H-shaped building footprint. Bedrooms have been relocated to the rear to create larger open plan areas that connect to new side and front gardens and improve passive cross ventilation.
External spaces have been landscaped to encourage street interaction with the community and blur the boundaries between public and private.

Could you be an EcoCity storyteller?

The City of Melbourne is looking for fifteen people to become EcoCity storytellers and learn to tell powerful stories about sustainability in the city of Melbourne.

The storytellers will learn from professionals, including a journalist, filmmaker and digital expert, about how to write stories, shoot and edit videos and publish their stories widely.

The EcoCity Stories Project will run from August 1st to October 31st. Applications are due by 5pm Monday July 13.

What does being a storyteller involve?

As a storyteller, you will attend six Storytelling Workshops, facilitated by experienced and passionate media pros.  You will learn practical skills to help you write articles, shoot and edit short films and publish your stories online, on social media and in print.

You will also have the opportunity to attend three daylong Storytelling Labs, where you can drop-in to work on your stories and get one-on-one advice from the facilitators. The Labs provide a dedicated space for all the storytellers to work collaboratively, or to simply learn by doing.

There is no financial cost. Instead, you will need to commit to creating at least two stories and three social media posts during the project.

Who will the storytellers be?

Absolutely anyone living, working, volunteering or studying in the City of Melbourne municipality is welcome to apply. The project is looking for people who are passionate about building a city that is just as liveable one hundred or even one thousand years from now, as it is today.

If you’re involved in a great project that is helping to create that kind of city, or if you simply love hearing and telling stories about sustainability, you are encouraged to apply.

Visit the EcoCity Stories website for more on the selection process and application form.