Andy Marlow

12 June 2014 — Envirotecture has welcomed back designer Andy Marlow this week as associate director, after he left the position of national sustainability manager for Cox Architecture.

The role of national sustainability manager at Cox Architecture has been filled internally with the appointment of Alastair Baxter who was previously Cox Sydney’s sustainability manager.

At Envirotecture, Mr Marlow originally worked as an architectural assistant when he first entered the profession as a graduate in 2008. At Cox, he worked on the University of Wollongong’s Sustainable Buildings Research Centre, the Newcastle Urban Renewal and Transport Project, was co-chair of the Australian Institute of Architects NSW Sustainability Committee, and sat on the Property Council of Australia Sustainable Development Committee and the Green Building Council of Australia NSW Industry Group.

Achievements include the Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship by the Architects Registration Board of NSW.

Envirotecture, led by director Dick Clarke, has a track record in sustainable design, including zero carbon homes and nine star energy-efficient homes, and the company was focused on “making the world a better place through designs and buildings”, Mr Marlow said.

However, in the residential space where the bulk of the Envirotecture work occurs, the uptake of sustainability has to date been slower, he said.

“There has been a lack of motivation to change how we construct buildings. Australia has some of the most expensive buildings in terms of purchase price in the world, but they are among the cheapest per square metre to build.

“The challenge with sustainability in the residential building sector is about creating demand, rather than responding to it.”