Sustainability shines in 2014 BDAV awards

Winning projects at this year’s BDAV Building Design Awards highlight the growing relevance of sustainable design.

Sustainability was in the spotlight at the 2014 annual BDAV Building Design Awards. The headline Building Design of the Year award went to Melbourne Design Studios for its environmentally and socially considered project for Birkenstock headquarters. The same project also took out the non-residential interior design award.

Melbourne Design Studios director Marc Bernstein-Hussmann said nature formed an integral part of the headquarters’ design. “The Birkenstock brand stands for sustainability, quality and craftsmanship. We ensured these elements were reflected in every design choice for their new headquarters and retail experience,” Mr Bernstein-Hussmann said.

The awards recognised projects in energy efficiency. sustainability, heritage conservation and a range of residential and non-residential design categories.

Maxa Design’s Brunswick residential project, featured in Sanctuary 28, was awarded best residential Environmental Sustainable Design and the Residential Design for Alterations and Additions between $200,001 and $500,00. Designer Sven Maxa says he wasn’t expecting the honours. “To get that recognition from our peers about our design was just exceptional,” he says. The clients thought so too, saying they thank Maxa each day for the opportunity to live in their newly renovated house in Brunswick.

“Its great that BDAV recognises environmental sustainable design in this way, as its own category and distinct from energy efficiency,” Sven says. “Hopefully as we all become more aware of our action this type of award will become more common and inspire architects and homeowners to build in a more environmentally friendly way.”

The collaborative ‘Haven 8.5’ by Bios Design Build Sustain and Eco Select (also featured in Sanctuary 28 and open for Sustainable House Day) won Best Energy Efficient Design, while Andrew Bunbury Architects received the 10-Star Challenge Award.

A selection of winning projects will now be shortlisted for the inaugural National Alliance of Building Designers Awards to be held at Grand Designs Live in Melbourne in October.

A full list of winners can be seen on the BDAV website.

Founded in 1983, the Building Designers Association of Victoria (BDAV) is the peak not-for-profit industry body representing almost 2,000 building design professionals.

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