Sustainability Awards Push for Environmentally-Friendly Innovations

Nominations are open for the 7th Annual BPN Sustainability Awards, which are designed to encourage and reward Australia’s best practice in sustainable building and architecture design.

The awards want designers, architects and buildings to push the boundaries of innovation by rewarding this initiative.

The 10 entry categories are Small Commercial, Large Commercial, Office Fitout, Single Dwelling (New), Best of the Best, Landscape Design, Innovation of the Year, Multi Density Residential, Public Building and Urban Design, and Single Dwelling (Alterations and Additions).

The awards’ judges are looking for services or products that help sustainable built environments, sustainable design, and preservation and rehabilitation of land among other criteria.

Past winners have been rewarded for initiatives including collaborative designs, environmental and social sustainability, integrating nature into design, energy efficiency, passive design and solar shading.

Building Products News (BPN) Magazine, a respected industry journal since 1967, started the awards, with interest continuing to grow each year, alongside the recognition that good building design is vital to environmental sustainability, energy efficiency and in reducing our carbon footprint.

The ceremony will be held in Sydney on Thursday, November 7 with nominations closing on August 30.

Sunshine Coast Awards Sustainability

Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is ready to recognise businesses and community efforts to be sustainable and create a healthy natural environment.

Nominations are open for Sunshine Coast Council’s 2013 Living Smart Glossies Awards, which will be held on Saturday, June 29.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said the awards showcased and celebrated the outstanding sustainability achievements of the region to help it become the most sustainable region in the country.

“The Glossies Awards provide the perfect platform for us to appreciate this hard work,” he said. “Continual improvements in areas such as sustainable business practices, the way in which we live and the development of Cleantech Industries can be a win for the environment and the community.”

Councillor Jamieson said he encouraged everyone who had made sustainable choices in their business, home or within their community to enter this year’s awards.

Changes to this year’s awards include the Creekside Greening Award which is open to not-for-profit community groups from the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay regions that have contributed to the health of local waterways.

The other change is that the Golden Glossy will be awarded to the most outstanding individual, business or organisation from across all award categories, selected by a specialist judging panel and the Hall of Fame is also open to community nominations for the first time.

Residents, organisations and businesses can self-nominate in the categories of Excellence in Sustainable Design, Affordable Living, Living Smart Solutions, Sustainable Business, Greening the Arts, Creekside Greening and Edible Landscape.

Visit to nominate. Entries close Friday, May 24.


Bruneder wins $10,000 prize for 8m Flinders St mural design

Adelaide artist, Stefan Bruneder has won first prize in the Art in the Heart Competition, winning $10,000 and a commission to design one of Adelaide’s largest public artworks in Adelaide’s East End.

The mural, proposed for Flinders Street and eight storeys high, references folk and street art and features symbols and patterns that will ‘speak’ to passers-by and inhabitants of local urban buildings in the area.

Stefan’s design was selected from more than 70 submissions as part of a competition run by Adelaide property developers Guava Lime Property Solutions to find inspiring local artists to collaborate on various art works for their latest residential development, ART Apartments at 242 Flinders Street in the CBD.

Both Michael and his partner Con Zahos have been working with artists on integrated projects for more than 20 years.

“With a trend toward inner city, higher density living, residents still want to have those individual touches that provide some kind of personality to a residence,” says Michael Loucas. “The use of original artwork throughout the ART Apartments, both externally and inside with unique foyers and ceiling art on each level, helps to provide a bespoke feel.”

Other local SA artists including those shortlisted in the Art in the Heart Competition will be considered in the creation of various internal commissions for ceiling and foyer wall panels unique to key levels of the 14 storey building.

Michael Loucas said additional collaborative opportunities to work with the Adelaide arts community were also under consideration.

The ART apartments will feature 51 apartments and several penthouse suites. Construction will commence next month with an expected completion date in June, 2014.


Bringing Green Inside for Health, Wealth and Happiness

Achieving sustainability is usually focused on the exterior of a structure, but new awards and a new rating system will recognise excellence in green interior design.

Jane Parkins reports, on Interior Design Source, that Australian interior design is beginning to embrace green building principles, with the US and UK markets already reaping the benefits in increased productivity and long-term economic savings.

The Your Future Home – Green Interior Awards are now offering designers incentives to consider the environmental benefits of their interior.

The awards aim to highlight designers who complete projects with a green theme and to educate designers in new ways to look at interiors.

Australian Living sustainable interior design consultant Daphna Tal will judge the awards along with panel members Sydney magazine editor and interiors blogger Jen Bishop and sustainability driven interior designer, speaker and writer Emine Mehmet.

Entries for the award program close in November.

As a further incentive, the Green Building Council of Australia has launched a Green Star rating tool for interiors this month, also.

Green Building Council of Australia chief executive Romilly Madew said this new rating tool would help more people to enjoy comfortable, healthy and productive indoor environments.

She said companies working in green interiors understood these workplaces could boost productivity and “act as a powerful recruitment and retention tool”.

“Green is now the norm – where it used to be a bonus in a building, it is now expected,” says Simon Hunt, Colliers International Managing Director of Office Leasing.

The challenge is now on to find the best green interiors and encourage more designers and tenants to reap the associated benefits.