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BDAV 2016 Building Design Awards

Artisan Apartments

Winner Best Energy Efficient Design – Residential

Designer: EME Design Pty Ltd
Builder: DCS Built
Photographer: Luke Middleton
Location: Heidelberg, VIC

It was gratifying to see how many submissions in this year’s Awards recognised the importance of good energy performance as an integral feature of any building laying claim to design excellence. However, many claims for passive solar design and high insulation levels were not supported by solid evidence such as accredited NatHERS energy ratings. Which is certainly not the case for this worthy winner of the Best Energy Efficient Design in the residential category. In the case of the Artisan Apartments, careful attention to features such as solar access, thermal mass, and orientation have delivered outstanding energy ratings of 8-9 stars for each of the individual apartments. At a time when Melbourne is experiencing a boom in mid-rise apartment developments, Artisan Apartments really does provide an iconic case study of best practice design for energy efficiency.