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Australia’s most progressive buildings, spaces, people and building products that demonstrate real efforts to reduce the environmental footprint of our built environment.
A project designed and built primarily for any commercial purpose (including retail, hospitality, offices, sport & lifestyle).
A preschool, primary, secondary or tertiary educational facility and/or joint research facility in which an educational institution is the major partner. Also includes libraries and child care facilities.
A project that is specifically designed for the hospital, health, aged care sectors and also includes medical, psychiatric and rehabilitation centres.
A renovation or fitout of the interior of a building
A building or facility or artwork which primarily services, or is used, by the public (except educational and healthcare facilities).
New construction of a Class 1a building
Extensions of Class 1a building or alterations to at least 50 per cent of a Class 1a building
A townhouse, duplex or residential complex (Class 2).
Buildings or non-building projects at the intersection of architecture, landscape design and urban planning. Examples include parks, pedestrian bridges and walkways, pools, shelters, picnic facilities, toilet blocks and children playgrounds.
The most exciting new under-35 talent in sustainable architecture over the past 12 months; one who has influenced and changed the world of design by their drive, ideas and concepts.
A new service, resource, process or application which helps advance progress in the sustainable built environment.
A person, design firm or building products company that has shown exemplary efforts in advancing the progression of the sustainable built environment in Australia over the past five years.
Selected from among all the category winners on the basis of both sustainable outcomes and aesthetics and innovative design principles.
This category is defined as a structure that has a quantifiable minimal impact on the environment and refers to both a structure and its processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s lifecycle: from design, construction, operation, maintenance and even renovation, if need be.
A smart building is defined as one that uses automated processes to control the building’s operations including heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting, security and other systems. A smart building improves the asset sustainability and performance by reducing energy use and optimising how its space is used, which in turn minimises the overall environmental impact of structure.
For over a decade we’ve held the nation’s most respected design awards program devoted to sustainable building. We reward those who share our desire to curtail and reverse the ecological footprint of our built environment. We celebrate those who design, manufacture and construct green buildings of all sizes and purposes. And those who continually hold the line against compromise to do so.
Because we believe sustainability should be the primary requirement for all building design and the major measure of architectural achievement.
They’re leaders in their respective fields. They’re from universities, industry associations and architecture firms, and they know what sustainable buildings look like. They are world-class industry experts and world-class judges, and they have analysed all of the entries to the 2017 Sustainability Awards to ensure that only the country’s most pioneering green projects have made the final cut.
Caroline Pidcock, Director at Pidcock – Architecture + Sustainability, has a wealth of experience when it comes to sustainable architecture and building outcomes.
She is a member of the Living Futures Institute, the Sacred Heart Education Ministry Boards, and an ambassador for both the Al Gore Climate Change and 1 Million Women projects.
Director & Builder, Positive Footprints
Jeremy Spencer is a Director and Builder at Positive Footprints, a multi award-winning design and construction company that is working to show that energy efficient sustainable design and high-performance construction is a cost-effective option and can be a mainstream reality.
Jeremy is passionate about spreading the message of environmentally sustainable design, and to help bring about chance in the way we build homes. To this end, he gives lectures, sustainable house tours, and teaches other builders green construction in the Master Builders Greenliving program.
Michael Faine has been a registered architect since 1980 and to date, has worked on a multitude of building types, designs, construction and procurement methods.
His diverse career led him to a teaching position at the University of Western Sydney in the Bachelor of Building/Construction Management degree, and saw him acting as the Head of School for a time.
After 17 years as an academic, and juror positions on both the Building Designers Association of Australia and the HIA Awards, Michael is attuned to analysing the work of builders and designers, and understanding the price in the work they are carrying out.
Registrar, NSW Architects Registration Board
Since 2014, Tim Horton has been the Registrar of the NSW Architects Registration Board, a statutory authority that registers architects, informs and protects the public interest, and promotes a better understanding of architecture in the community.
Tim helped found the Committee for Adelaide to support communities in achieving certain things for themselves, and has been a State President and National Director of the Australian Institute of Architects. He has also held Board positions on the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network, the Australian Design Alliance, the CRC for Low Carbon Living and South Australia’s leading craft and design body, the Jam, Factory.
Research Principal, ISF, UTS
Kerryn Wilmot joined academia in 2012 as a Research Principal at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS where she leads the Cities and Building research area.
Formerly an Associate at Spowers Architects, Kerryn was the project leader for the industry-leading 60L Green Building in Carlton, Victoria. The project won a Banksia Award and influenced the uptake of sustainability in the commercial building sector, and the form of sustainable development tools.
CEO, Supply Chain Sustainability School (SCSS)
Since 2016, Robin Mellon has been CEO of the Supply Chain Sustainability School (SCSS), an organisation that provides companies within the construction and infrastructure supply chains with free sustainability learning resources.
Robin has has previously been a member of the Green Building Council of Australia, and led the BGCA’s advocacy and international work, mentoring a number of countries through the process of establishing their own green building councils.
He also sat on the World Green Building Council’s Policy Task Force, chaired its Asia Pacific Network, and has collaborated with Austrade to showcase Australian green building capabilities around the world.
Director & Building Designer, Envirotecture
Dick Clarke is principal of Envirotecture, with over 35 years’ experience focusing exclusively on ecologically sustainable and culturally appropriate buildings, as well as sustainable design in vehicles and vessels.
He is Director of Sustainability for Building Designers Australia (BDA) and is a member of the Association of Building Sustainability Assessors (ABSA) and the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC).
This is Clarke’s 12th year on the panel and is the Jury Chair.
CEO, Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA)
Harris is the CEO of GECA- Good Environmental Choice Australia and brings an extensive background in leadership, capacity building and education aimed at finding sustainable solutions for the future. She is on the Board of Directors of the Living Future Institute of Australia and of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership (CSL), has a Masters in Social Ecology and is a graduate of the Asialink Leaders Program.
Harris believes passionately in human potential and draws on her diverse experience in the performing arts, executive coaching, cultural change and organisational development, helping individuals, organisations and communities to create a better future.
Sustainability Manager – Residential, Frasers Property
Previously named ‘Future Green Leader’ by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) for his ardent commitment to innovative sustainable design, Frasers Property Australia’s Rory Martin joins the judging panel for a third time.
Responsible for the sustainability agenda of Frasers Property Australia’s large Residential portfolio, Martin holds both an Honours Bachelor of Architecture and Masters of Science in Environmental Design, as well as being a registered architect and Green Star Accredited Professional.
Having previously completed projects across North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Australia, Martin is a multi-award winning professional who has solid experience in design, consultancy, development and industry standards. Martin sensibly describes sustainable design practises as simply “good design”.
Director, Steffan Welsch Architects
After graduating from Bauhaus University in Germany and working for Williams Boag and DCM, Steffan Welsch went on to establish Steffan Welsch Architects in 2003.
Steffan’s practice focuses on the rigourous application of ESD principles, from passive solar design to Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) to local context. He brings experience in affordability and community building, as well as knowledge in the exploration of low impact building systems and materials such as rammed earth and hemp.
Steffan’s extensive career has seen him act as a Sustainability Committee member for the Urban Development Institute of Australia, as well as judge awards for the Australian Institute of Architects and the UDIA Awards for Excellence.
Executive Director, Australian Sustainable Built Environmental Council (ASBEC)
Suzanne Toumbourou is the Executive Director of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC), a body of peak organisations committed to a vision of more sustainable, productive and resilient buildings, communities and cities.
Her passion and expertise lies in communication, collaboration and an inclusive agenda for a sustainable Australia.
Suzanne possesses key knowledge and insights of ecological environments that will be instrumental to accurately judging this year’s Sustainability Awards.
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