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10 Star Challenge Finalists 2013

BDAV 10-Star Challenge 2013

The BDAV’s 2013 10-Star Challenge was open to all climate zones across Australia in two categories: Single Dwellings and Multi-Residential projects. The following have been announced as Finalists in this year’s 10-Star Challenge (listed in alphabetical order):

Single Dwelling Finalists

F2 Design in collaboration with Phoebe Clarke
F2 Design's 'Edible House' is a commendable example of a holistic approach to sustainable design. Its excellent proportions and organic form result in a home that responds appropriately, yet treads lightly on the Melbourne environment. The judges noted the design's careful consideration of sustainable, including recyclable and locally-sourced, materials and the inclusion of renewable technologies and water sensitive design.


Maxa Design
Maxa Design's 'Aussie All Stars' home is notable for its attention to form, function and environmental sustainability, no matter what its location. The judges commended the firm's presentation of a home that can achieve 10 Stars in all capital cities, with only modest modifications and allowing for varied client taste. The small building footprint of this prefabricated and geometrically defined home is functional and liveable.


MichSquared Design in collaboration with Emma Schmutzer and Fatih Tek
Mich2 Design's 'Eco-10 Concept' is 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.


Multi-Residential Finalists

Armsby Architects
Armsby Architects' 'Richmond Green' high-rise development 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 design incorporates important environmental and social initiatives, including sustainable transport measures such as a car share scheme and bike parking for each resident.


Melbourne Design Studios
Melbourne Design Studios presented a well-articulated and detailed response in their proposal for a multi-residential urban infill housing development in Richmond. The proposed 10 Star town houses 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.


10 Star Challenge Entrants

The BDAV congratulates the following entrants in the 2013 10-Star Challenge who achieved 10 Stars:

  • Armsby Architects
  • Ecofficient Design
  • F2 Design in collaboration with Phoebe Clarke
  • Leighton Building & Construction in collaboration with Stephen Geason, Cykel Architecture
  • Maxa Design Pty Ltd
  • McLauchlan and Associates in collaboration with Stephen Guiney
  • Melbourne Design Studios Pty Ltd
  • MichSquared Design in collaboration with Emma Schmutzer and Fatih Tek
  • Positive Footprints Pty Ltd
  • Solar Solution Design
  • Timothy Ellis Building Design in collaboration with Dean Tamvakis

10 Star Challenge Sponsor

The BDAV acknowledges, with thanks, the sponsors of the 10-Star Challenge 2013:
Kingspan Insulation
Paarhammer Windows