Far North Queensland green designers recognised in awards

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Far North Queensland green designers recognised in awards

Postby greenbuild » Fri Sep 13, 2013 10:13 am

Far North Queensland green designers recognised in awards
as reported in Cairns Post 14th August 2013 ( Nick Dalton)

They included five Building Designers Association Queensland (BDAQ) awards and two national Built
Environment and Design Institute (BEDI) awards.
The national most sustainable new home was won by Sophie Barrett of Green at Heart and most sustainable
renovation awarded to Chris Dimarco of Dimarco Designs.
The state award winners included Ernest Raso, who won new homes between 250-350sqm and residential
interiors, for the Tableland's "Lake House", Kevin Stoter picked up new homes up to $250,000 and Sophie
Barrett won sustainable buildings, with a special commendation to Max Slade for the design of the landmark
bridge at Herberton Historic Village.
Far North Queensland BAQ branch president Chris Dimarco said he was pleased to see that all the winners
at the awards had a strong focus on sustainable design.
"The north Queensland branch of the BDAQ has illustrated that sustainable design is the way of the future,
with our harsh tropical environment it is very important that our homes be sustainable. It was great to see this
recognised at state and national level," he said.
Mr Raso's Lake House featured on national television program Australia's Best Houses, one of only two
designers from the Cairns region.
Ms Barrett said she was thrilled that her affordable sustainable display home design, which was launched at
Sustainable House Day in 2012, had won both a state and national award.
The house, which has picked up five awards, has a 9.5-star energy rating.
The home was a collaboration of members of the Tropical Green Building Network (TGBN) and met their goal
to create a cool and comfortable sustainable home with virtually no ongoing running costs for only $250,000.
The home by Kenick Constructions is on display at weekends at Redlynch Valley Estate.
Kevin Stoter of Cad Impressa won the new homes up to 250sq m category with a lightweight, low-impact
residence reflecting a post-modern style with "funky" signatures and interesting spaces.
The national BEDI award for most sustainable renovation was awarded to Chris Dimarco of Dimarco
Designs. His renovation of a Queenslander allowed him to increase the energy efficiency rating from three to
eight stars.
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