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Sustainable-house design winners announced

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Winners of the Sustainable Housing for Life Design Competition (left to right): Ronny Matzat, DSNG Kartell (People’s Choice Award), Joe Harvey-Jones (Byron Shire Community Award), Christina Renger, from net Zero Carbon & Thomson Adsett (Professional First Place Award), and Jeremy Stewart (Lismore City Community Award).

The winners of this year’s Sustainable House Design Awards, shown off at Lismore City Hall a fortnight ago, have been announced.

The year’s winner of the $1,000 Professional Category on the theme of universal/modular housing was Christina Renger from net Zero Carbon & Thomson Adsett.

Ms Renger said ‘We are so excited to have won the design competition and are currently looking at building upon this award and showcasing the project further to show that sustainability can be easy and cost-effective.’

Organisers say her winning design featured ‘an adaptable house that enables flexibility to expand and re-appropriate to reflect changing family or life-cycle needs’.

‘She incorporated biomimicry, where nature is looked to for inspiration and merged inside and outside with skillful arrangement of modular components and easy access to productive garden spaces,’ a Byron Shire Council spokesperson said.

Runner-up was Baxter & Jacobson Architects and, reaching the finals, was Aardvarc.

It was a great team effort from event organisers Lismore City, Byron Shire and Tweed Shire councils, North Coast TAFE, Byron Community College, Dorroughby Environmental Education Centre, the Green Building Centre, Nimbin Neighbourhood ad Information Centre, and Self Seed.

It was a great team effort from event organisers Lismore City, Byron Shire and Tweed Shire councils, North Coast TAFE, Byron Community College, Dorroughby Environmental Education Centre, the Green Building Centre, Nimbin Neighbourhood and Information Centre, and Self Seed.

The winner of the $500 Byron Shire Community Category was Joe Harvey-Jones with his eye-opening design that included a domino-like game for all to play with.

Jeremy Stewart was the winner of the $500 Lismore City Community Award and Ronny Matzat, from DSNG Kartell, was the winner of the $100 People’s Choice Award.

The northern rivers’ annual showpiece for sustainable-house design once again drew a big crowd to a expo in Lismore on September 19.

More than 500 people attended the popular Sustainable Housing for Life Design Competition and Expo at Lismore City Hall.

A highlight of the expo for many was the opportunity to meet with, and talk to, the designers of the homes as well as attend informative talks and tap into expert stall holder advice on hand.

Alice Moffett, from Self Seed and the Northern Rivers Sustainable House Day Collaboration, said ‘If you missed out on attending the expo you can still view all the designs at the Green Building Centre until 25 November’.

‘It’s a treasure trove of our region’s finest, all available for viewing for free,’ Ms Moffett said.

Sustainable House Day was a joint event by Lismore City Council, Byron Shire Council, Tweed Shire Council, The Green Building Centre, Nimbin Neighbourhood and Information Centre, North Coast TAFE, Rous Water, Byron Community College, Dorroughby Environment Educational Centre and event managed by Self Seed.


One response to “Sustainable-house design winners announced”

  1. Len Heggarty says:

    And where is the photo of the design?

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