- Owners and Builders
The 2018 Building Designers Association of Victoria (BDAV) 10-Star Sustainable Design Challenge winner has been announced. ‘Hacksaw House’ designed by Gruen Eco Design in collaboration with Paperbark Design was this year’s winner and was described by judges as “an exceptional and admirable building design with a highly creative and innovative approach.”
The annual Design Challenge invites BDAV members to prepare a residential design for a single dwelling or multi-residential project, across any climate zone in Australia, which achieves a non-regulatory 10 Star energy rating.
The winning design from 2012 ’10 Star House Done Dirt Cheap’ has inspired an alteration and addition project in Canberra. This has been occupied since the Easter of 2017 and came through the first winter without needing the heating turned on. A small amount of cooling was used through the 2017-2018 summer, but it is envisaged that this will be largely unnecessary next year when the clerestory windows are operated to facilitate effective night purge ventilation.
More information about the BDAV 10-Star Sustainable Challenge can be found on the BDAV Website.
The Energy Rating Calculator allows you to compare the energy efficiency of household appliances such as fridges, washing machines, dishwashers, air conditioners, televisions and dryers. The calculator converts the information shown on an appliance’s Energy Rating Label into dollars, so you know how much it will cost to run before you buy it. Check out this short video to see how simple it is to use.
The Energy Rating Calculator is available here: www.energyrating.gov.au/calculator.
Your Home is currently a Commonwealth Government funded information source or ‘guide’ to building, buying or renovating a home.
In 2017 ACIL Allen was commissioned to undertake a strategic review of Your Home. This review found that Your Home provides information that can be used by the building professionals who consumers interact with, as a means of encouraging behavioural change. Research undertaken for this review suggests that Your Home is unique and stands apart from other information on home design and renovation provided by the commercial world. It is a highly-regarded resource and there is unanimous support for government continuing to maintain it.
Based on these findings, Your Home will be updated over coming months. To view the Your Home resource, visit www.yourhome.gov.au.