Sustainability the winner at BDAV Building Design Awards

Sustainable design shone at the 20th Victorian 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

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