Sustainable designs cleaned up at the Building Designers Association of Victoria (BDAV) awards held in Melbourne over the weekend.
The big Building Design of the Year award went to Melbourne Design Studios (MDS) for its sevenstar NatHERS-rated townhouses in Richmond, Melbourne.
The sustainable brief led to an emphasis on natural light and ventilation and the inclusion ofinternal courtyards, helping the townhouses achieve 20 per cent more outdoor space than a typical solution.
Each townhouse has north facing orientation to draw in natural light and “thermal chimneys” to expel heat through summer.
Other sustainability features of the multi-residential “No Two The Same” project include the use of natural, recycled and sustainable materials, thermally broken windows with double glazing, extra insulation, solar hot water andrainwater tanks.
The project took out five awards in total, including the awards for best Multi Residential Design andExcellence in the Use of Timber.
Other sustainable designs to receive awards include Beaumont Concepts’ prototype for an affordable sustainable house. The 9.1 star “CORE9” won both Best Environmentally Sustainable Design – Residentialand Best Energy Efficient Design.
Located in Cape Paterson, 111 kilometres south-east of Melbourne, the CORE9 prototype “actively benefits” from the surrounding exposed landscape, with “passive solar principles and energy efficiency and environmentally conscious provision of recycled thermal mass.”
A new CORE9 home is expected to cost between $300,000 and $600,000 to build.
An energy efficient design by Crosier Scott Architects also won the best Non-Residential Design – New Projectaward. The new $35 million global headquarters ofEgo PharmaceuticalsinDandenongSouth boasts a number of sustainability features, including passiveorientation,photovoltaic solarpower, 200,000-litre storagecapacity for rainwatercollectionand reuse,high thermal massmaterialselection,and extensive use of naturallight.
Other ESD-focused winners include the EME’s Butterfly Passive House and Maxa Design’s Kallista, which is designed to Passivhaus standards.
- See the full list of 2018 BDAV winners