26 September 2011– How to transform a commercial building into a medium density residential development is the challenge of the latest Boral Design Awards.

With prize money of up to $20,000 for the major winner, the awards are open to architects, building designers, landscape designers and homebuilders as well as architectural and building design students.

Boral divisional marketing manager, Glenn Simpkin said “Australia’s need for sustainable, affordable and healthy inner city communities is growing.  The theme of this year’s awards calls for a lifecycle approach to residential design in an urban environment, with entrants asked to preserve and incorporate 50 per cent of the building fabric into their concept.”

The awards were an opportunity to consider  benefits of building materials which contribute to sustainability and to create high-quality dwellings that are thermally and acoustically sound, Mr Simpkin said.

Entries close 1 March, 2012. www.designawards.boral.com.au