2019 Single Dwelling (New) winner Welcome to the Jungle House by CplusC Architectural Workshop

Starting from scratch

  •   30 July 2021

When given the opportunity to build a home from the ground up, the variety of choices and decisions to be made about the overall composition of the house, is more a blessing than a curse.

Seeing a project come together and evolve, from a humble slab, to the frame and the bricks and mortar, through to the moulding of the interior, is an experience that is unmatched in the built environment world. Irrespective of time, location and budget, thoughts of the future and the memories that will be created, as well as the ability to make the space truly memorable as an architect or a client, is one of pure anticipation and excitement.

Architects are entrusted, in some instances, with the hopes and dreams of a client. From a simple brief, an architect will bring together materials and elements that increase functionality, durability and connection, while crafting an aesthetic to the client’s liking. The incorporation of sustainable elements extends the boundaries further, to a point where the house is a living entity that co-exists with the world around it, to become a beneficial building for its occupants and its surrounds.

2020 Single Dwelling (New) winner Upside Down Akubra House by Alexander Symes Architect.

Large batteries are a cost-effective, harmless solution for electricity that can even push electricity back into the local grid. Solar power, in this country, needs no introduction. Concrete slabs and rammed earth walls are natural temperature regulators that are an alternative to artificial heating. Recycled bricks are a way to offset carbon emissions. More often than not, we are beginning to see these features implemented into new homes, and what better way to reward these efforts than the Single Dwelling (New) category at the 2021 Sustainability Awards.

The award category recognises those who look to bring sustainability into new dwellings from the onset. It applauds those who aim to incorporate sustainable elements, whether it be through government or passive house regulations and those who are determined to create new homes that leave a minimal footprint.

2018 Single Dwelling (New) winner Drumkerin by Mahalath Halperin Architects.

Involved with many new dwellings, due to the products they offer on the market, Wattyl is the proud sponsor of the Single Dwelling (New) category. As a brand intent on delivering sustainable products, Wattyl goes beyond simply creating innovative products that are not harmful to the environment. The company name, synonymous with the interior and exterior walls of Australian homes, looks to embed sustainable practice deep within all of its practices, from administration right through to installation.

The Single Dwelling (New) category at the 2021 Sustainability Awards is ideal to enter any brand new home with sustainable qualities. In order to be properly rewarded for an architect’s efforts in providing living spaces that bring no harm to the wider world this is the time for fine design to shine. If you have a project in mind, we encourage you to send it in, especially considering we have extended the time to submit your projects. To do so, submit it here.


This article was brought to you by Wattyl, proud sponsors of the Single Dwelling (New) category at the 2021 Sustainability Awards.