Welcome to the thirteenth edition of greensmart, the original green building magazine.
ne of the main barriers to building or renovating ‘green’ in Australia has been the perception that sustainable options are more expensive – a mentality more common here than anywhere else in the world. Fortunately, for the preservation of our natural resources and for advancing housing design, and therefore how we live, programs such as HIA GreenSmart continue to teach best practice in sustainable building, decade after decade. Any of the 6,000 HIA GreenSmart Professionals now dotted across the country can help you build a beautiful, affordable and lasting energy-efﬁcient home; one that is not only more healthy and comfortable to live in, but also steps lightly on the environment. Turn to pages 14 to 39 to read about these GreenSmart professionals and the latest award-winning green building projects from 2016. We hope these stunning and unique homes will inspire you in your next build or renovation – there’s something for every budget and climate. Plus if you’re also interested about the effects of the materials and products you bring into your home, read our discussion with Australia’s eco-labelling non-proﬁt, GECA, on page 44 for helpful tips and advice. Last, but not least, greensmart congratulates the builders who achieved the HIA GreenSmart House accreditation this year: Williams Designer Homes for the West Wallsend project in the Hunter, NSW, and Southern Highlands Building Design for the Wilson House in Avoca, NSW. GreenSmart Houses epitomise GreenSmart principles and showcase the highest commitment to responsible environmental building practices. To take advantage of a GreenSmart professional in your area, visit www.tradebuild.com.au. You won’t be disappointed by how embracing the GreenSmart way of building will change your way of living – for the better.
HIA thanks its partners for their support of the 2016 HIA GreenSmart Awards
HIA GreenSmart Home of the Year WINNER: Eco-Essence Homes, QLD Tel: 07 5520 0720 GreenSmart Custom Built Home WINNER: Blue Eco Homes, NSW Tel: 02 4754 5608 GreenSmart Display Home WINNER: NEAThouse, Tasmania, TAS Tel: 03 6286 7774 GreenSmart Energy Efﬁciency WINNER: Right Homes, WA Tel: 08 9355 0374 GreenSmart Product WINNER: Ecoshelta, NSW Tel: 0468 560 595 GreenSmart Project Home WINNER: Right Homes, WA Tel: 08 9355 0374 GreenSmart Professional WINNER: Joe Mercieca, Blue Eco Homes, NSW Tel: 02 4754 5608 GreenSmart Renovation/Addition Project WINNER: Benchmark Building Projects, NSW Tel: 02 6674 8174 GreenSmart Residential Development WINNER: Right Homes, WA Tel: 08 9355 0374 GreenSmart Spec Home WINNER: Eco-Essence Homes, QLD Tel: 07 5520 0720 GreenSmart Townhouse/Villa Development WINNER: Steele Associates, NSW Tel: 02 9550 6702 GreenSmart Water Efﬁciency WINNER: Right Homes, WA Tel: 08 9355 0374
Photo courtesy Phil Kelleher Homes