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Multi Dwelling Development

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This award recognises multiple dwelling residential projects. These projects typically include developments known as dual occupancy (two dwellings on a single allotment), villas (one storey), townhouses (two-three storey) and terrace housing, whether attached or detached, as well as residential apartment buildings of two or more storeys, not including car parking, and containing at least two self-contained dwellings.

These projects must be classified as Class 1a, 2 or 3 buildings under the Building Code of Australia.


GreenSmart Awards


HIA National Awards

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to:

Criteria Points
Environmental design, features and construction
  • Energy efficiency – use of energy saving technologies through design and construction innovation, both internally and externally e.g. lighting, power, hot water, alternative energy sources, automated heating and cooling systems designed to reduce energy consumption, exceeds state regulation of energy rating of the building envelope, includes passive solar design, use of thermal massing or lightweight construction materials to suit climatic location, energy efficient lighting, appliances, fittings and hot water systems.
  • Water efficiency – use of water saving technologies through design and construction innovation, both internally and externally e.g. water efficient appliances, water reuse, water tanks, greywater systems, water efficient irrigation and landscaping, designed to reduce the use of potable water.
  • Resource efficiency – application of material selection including use of recycled building materials, reduction in materials sent to landfill, use of prefabricated materials.
  • Application of site management techniques during construction – e.g. storm water and erosion control, minimising site disturbance, innovative construction techniques, noise control and vegetation protection.
  • Protection of indoor air quality – use of low-allergen or non-toxic materials within the building e.g. paints, glues, varnishes, floor coverings, manufactured wood products, appropriate natural ventilation.
  • Material selection – e.g. consideration of the life cycle impacts of key building materials and elements, use of locally manufactured materials, materials with recycled content or readily recycled etc.
  • Incorporation of innovative construction techniques – e.g. utilising modular concepts, maximising resource efficiencies, use of space/s within the home.
  • Use of technologies through design and construction innovation, that monitor resource use and environmental performance.
  • Cost of new technologies with identifiable operational energy, water or resource savings and ability for broader application.
Visual appeal
  • External appearance and suitability of response to site constraints – e.g. slope, vegetation.
Liveability and cost effectiveness
  • Overall environmental sustainability performance – e.g. thermal comfort, water efficiency, energy efficiency, resource efficiency and practicality of design and operation of the home.
  • Cost effectiveness – i.e. cost per square metre

HIA-CSR Australian Housing Awards

Celebrate the highest level of achievement for the "best of the best" in the residential building industry for award winning designs and builds from across Australia.

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Professional Builder/Renovator Awards

Highly-prized recognition within the industry for extensive business and financial management practices.

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Greensmart Awards

Celebrating sustainably-built homes, new products and GreenSmart Professionals. Gain recognition for your sustainability building practices.

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Apprentice Awards

HIA host the Annual Apprentice Awards to recognise and inspire the next generation of apprentices for the construction industry.

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HIA Apprentice Host Trainer Award

Putting the spotlight on apprentice hosts and the important contribution they make for Australian apprentices.

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People & Business Awards

Recognise businesses and stand-out individuals in the residential building industry who are pushing the boundaries with workmanship, aspirations, and superior business and customer management.

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