Sustainable homes celebrated at HIA’s GreenSmart Awards

The Housing Industry Association (HIA) has acknowledged the sustainability and environmental efforts of construction and building specialists in this year’s Australian GreenSmart Awards.

The Announcement:

Victorian sustainable builder Ovens & King Builders won three awards at the prestigious 2021 Housing Industry Association (HIA) Australian GreenSmart Awards announced this week.

Ovens & King Builders won the highest accolade – the 2021 HIA Australian GreenSmart Home for a one-bedroom home built to the Passive House standard. The home was also awarded the HIA Australian GreenSmart Custom Built Home and HIA Australian GreenSmart Energy Efficiency.

The judges were impressed by the standard of construction to achieve a comfortable home year-round with minimal energy consumption.

“Thermal performance of the windows minimise air movement and limit heat gain and loss contributing to the superior performance of the home” they commented.

“Material choice reflects the overall high quality of construction and demonstrate a passion for sustainable building.”

Winners from around Australia were recognised for their contribution to sustainable building practices.

  • McArdle Projects from South Australia won GreenSmart Renovation / Addition Project for transforming a previously dilapidated 1920s cottage into an all-electric home.
  • Solaire Properties, Queensland won GreenSmart Sustainable Home. The Brisbane home dramatically minimises its carbon footprint and maximises energy efficiency and comfort using sustainable materials.
  • Adelaide Green Homes, South Australia won GreenSmart Display/Project Home for their 7.1 star energy efficient Hendrie display home. Materials used in the home were carefully selected based on local supply, recycled content and end-of-life recycling.
  • Janine Strachan from Green Design Solutions, Victoria won GreenSmart Professional for designing solar passive homes using on lightweight construction and sustainable building materials; both off-grid and grid-connected.
  • NuPod by Neumann Steel, Queensland won GreenSmart Product for the revolutionary method of creating concrete slabs using built-in interlocking spacers. NuPod is produced using 100 per cent Australian recycled plastic, and removes the need for polystyrene.

In congratulating the winners, HIA Managing Director Graham Wolfe said HIA Australian GreenSmart Awards represent the latest in environmental design excellence and sustainable building practices, and recognise HIA members who design and build greener and more liveable homes.

“HIA is committed to sustainable building outcomes through environmentally focussed design, innovation and construction. The winners and finalists are at the cutting-edge in their field and demonstrate expertise and commitment to build superior performing, energy-saving homes for their clients,” Mr Wolfe said.

“Each winner and finalist is congratulated for achieving success at a national level and demonstrating that comfort, security, innovation and value for money can co-exist in a sustainable built environment. HIA members are up to the challenge.”

The HIA GreenSmart program began more than 20 years ago and is a voluntary initiative available to HIA members.

The 2021 HIA Australian GreenSmart Awards are partnered by The Australian Reinforcing Company.

2021 HIA Australian GreenSmart Award Winners

HIA Australian GreenSmart HomeHIA Australian GreenSmart Custom Built HomeHIA Australian GreenSmart Energy EfficiencyOvens & King BuildersVictoria
HIA Australian GreenSmart Renovation / Addition ProjectMcArdle ProjectsSouth Australia
HIA Australian GreenSmart Display/Project HomeAdelaide Green HomesSouth Australia
HIA Australian GreenSmart Sustainable HomeSolaire PropertiesQueensland
HIA Australian GreenSmart ProductNuPod by Neumann SteelQueensland
HIA Australian GreenSmart ProfessionalJanine StrachanGreen Design SolutionsVictoria

Source: Housing Industry Association (HIA)

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