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BDAV 2012 10-Star Challenge

The BDAV's 10-Star Challenge is for conceptual projects that combine admirable architecture with efficient planning solutions and materials utilisation. The Challenge offers Victoria's building design fraternity the opportunity to design 10-Star energy efficient homes, and be recognised for their design abilities and expertise in sustainable design responses, as well as positioning BDAV Members as leaders in environmentally sustainable design. The Challenge aims to raise awareness that good design reduces greenhouse emissions and household bills. The BDAV acknowledges that, although 10 Star houses are probably only appropriate for those in the community who are totally committed to 'making a difference', those designers who 'know what it takes' will design cost-effective 6, 7 and 8 Star houses with ease.

The 2013 BDAV 10-Star Challenge offered two categories: single dwellings and multi-residential projects

Winner: Eco-10 Concept

Submitted by Michael Michielin, MichSquared Design in collaboration with Emma Schmutzer and Fatih Tek

Phone: 0411 780 630

Mich2 Design presented a detailed, ecologically sensitive and well-articulated entry, illustrating their considered and holistic approach to ecologically sustainable home design. A broad range of ESD initiatives were considered in the detailed submission. Materials were selected for their sustainability and recyclability, and post-construction recycling and waste management initiatives considered and specified. The design itself, developed for the Melbourne climate zone, maintains a small building footprint with functional spaces and well-positioned rooms with significant natural light and natural ventilation for passive cooling. Universal design was also considered. A green roof balcony, permeable paving and other water sensitive features complete the holistic design approach. Mich2 Design's entry is a well-articulated 10 Star design for a home with a defined and interesting visual character and strong consideration of sustainable design.

Winner: Sustainable Inner City Living

Submitted by Marc Bernstein-Hussmann, Melbourne Design Studios Pty Ltd

Phone (03) 9077 2240

Melbourne Design Studios presented a well-articulated and detailed response in their proposal for a multi-residential urban infill housing development in Richmond, Victoria. The proposed 10 Star town houses – developed for the Melbourne climate zone – illustrate a holistic approach to sustainable design, with sustainable materials and renewable energy technologies specified, water sensitive design, and urban ecological and social sustainability factors considered. Each home has functional and multi-purpose spaces with a clearly articulated layout. The judges noted the use of an internal courtyard in each home to improve natural light and ventilation. The courtyard is also an innovative response to the challenges of private open space in small urban sites. The judges also commended the well-articulated façade and form of each home, which feature operable timber screening protecting north-facing glazing when required, and integrating the homes into the narrow streetscape.

Commendation: Richmond Green

Submitted by: John Armsby, Armsby Architects

Phone (03) 9676 2296

Armsby Architecture's Richmond Green high-rise development, developed for the Melbourne climate zone, is a thoughtful response to multi-residential housing and the challenges of urban sprawl. The multi-storey proposal responds to the environmental, social and economic considerations of sustainable development. Passive design principles are achieved at little additional cost to the developer. The use of a solar photovoltaic system and GreenPower eliminate the need to use fossil fuels, including natural gas. The selection of sustainable materials, such as FSC certified timber, bamboo and unpickled black steel, and water recycling initiatives help to lessen the development's environmental impact. The design also incorporates important environmental and social initiatives, including a roof garden, and sustainable transport measures such as a car share scheme and bike parking for each resident.