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GreenSmart Award categories

The winner of the Australian GreenSmart Home is chosen from the winners of the following categories:

  • Custom Built Home
  • Display/Project Home
  • Renovation/Addition Project
  • Sustainable Home

Custom Built Home

An individual house, which has been uniquely designed and built on contract specifically for the site and according to the requirements and brief of a client. Where the home is built for staff, friends, a family member or is the builder’s own home, the contract price must represent the complete cost to build an identical home (including builders margins), which is the price offered to the home buying public.

Note: A project cannot be entered into more than one category of either Display/Project Home or Custom Built Home. Please select the category that best suits the project.

Judging criteria

Environmental design, features and construction – 55 points

  • 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.

Innovation – 15 points

  • 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 – 10 points

  • External appearance and suitability of response to site constraints – e.g. slope, vegetation.

Liveability and cost effectiveness – 20 points

  • 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

Display/Project Home

An individual house currently on display to the public and intended for reproduction as displayed or with standard variations to suit the client’s needs. A project home is an individual house based on a display home or sales brochure for a repeatable design, which has been tailored to suit the needs of the client and the site. This includes manufactured homes formed of pre-built major elements and then assembled on site.

Display homes must be open for display within a 24 month period prior to and including the close of entries date, and at the time of judging.

Note: A project cannot be entered into more than one category of either Display/Project Home or Custom Built Home. Please select the category that best suits the project.

Judging criteria

Environmental design, features and construction – 55 points

  • 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.

Innovation – 15 points

  • 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 – 10 points

  • External appearance and suitability of response to site constraints – e.g. slope, vegetation.

Liveability and cost effectiveness – 20 points

  • 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

Energy Efficiency

This award recognises a housing project (single or multi dwelling) that best incorporates cost effective energy efficient design and operational principles. The house should demonstrate a high level of year round climate control with minimal artificial heating or cooling.

Judging criteria

Passive solar design features – 30 points

  • Solar orientation and cross ventilation.
  • Windows location, size and treatment, type of glazing.
  • Use of eaves and external shading – e.g. pergolas, canopies, awnings and vegetation.
  • Other features – e.g. use of thermal mass, room zoning etc.

Energy rating – 10 points

  • Performance of the energy rating of a building envelope beyond miminum regulation.

Energy saving materials and fittings – 30 points

  • Use of energy efficient appliances and fittings (including lighting).
  • Use of energy efficient hot water system.
  • Use of renewable energy sources –  e.g. PV systems.
  • Use of insulation appropriate to climate.
  • Colour/reflectivity of roof appropriate to climate zone.

Liveability - 15 points

  • Overall environmental performance  – e.g. thermal comfort, practicality of design layout.

Innovation - 15 points

  • The use of new technology in the design, construction and operation of the building, including the cost effectiveness and practicality of innovative practices and the ability to replicate this innovation in other housing projects.

Multi Dwelling Development

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.

Judging criteria

Environmental design, features and construction – 60 points

  • 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.

Innovation – 15 points

  • 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 – 10 points

  • External appearance and suitability of response to site constraints – e.g. slope, vegetation.

Liveability and cost effectiveness – 15 points

  • 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

Product

This award recognises a product that is integral to the construction or operation of a home that can either: reduce operational water or energy use in the home; or provide healthy living environments for occupants; or contain recycled content from waste material or sourced from renewable materials.

Your entry must describe your company’s role in the manufacturing of this product and bringing the product to market. If you do not manufacture the product, but are a distributor, you need written consent from the manufacturer stating they agree to you submitting the product in the Australian GreenSmart Awards. In this instance the manufacturer will not be a joint entrant unless stated in the joint entrant field on the entry.

All entrants must be HIA members.

If you are a distributor of the product you will need to advise what form your distribution rights take eg. sole distributor.

The product must have been placed on the Australian market within the 24 months prior to the closing date of entries.

Judging criteria

Specified and proven environmental benefits – 40 points

  • Details of environmental benefits and application of the product in residential building design or construction –  e.g. reduced consumption of natural resources in operation, improved performance or environmental impact, or reduced consumption of resources in manufacturer and finished product.

Innovation and new technology – 15 points

  • Application of new technology or design innovation to develop the product or in the actual product.
  • Practicality of installation and application of the product, including ability to be readily applied in any residential building.

Cost effectiveness – 15 points

  • Purchase price – comparison to other available products.
  • Details of the cost benefits for installation, construction or maintenance.
  • Operational savings to the building occupants  –  e.g. water savings or energy savings.

Standard of finish/presentation – 10 points

  • Standard of finish/presentation of product to the consumers.

Origins of product manufacture – 10 points

  • Details of the location of manufacture of the product and related transportation/processes required to bring the product to market.

Promotion – 10 points

  • Proven benefits and advantages of the product to home owners over comparable products.

Professional

This award will be presented to the GreenSmart Professional who best demonstrates the successful application of the GreenSmart approach in a residential building and design capacity within the industry.

Submissions should include relevant business documentation and specific examples of how GreenSmart principles have been put into practice. The GreenSmart Professional must have completed the two day HIA GreenSmart Professional course.

Judging criteria

Professional entry questions

Submissions for the GreenSmart Professional award need to address the judging criteria. The following questions are provided as a guide to assist applicants in preparing sufficient information to support the entry. A written submission, supported by photos, plans, brochures, and other useful information, should be provided to allow the judges to understand the entrant’s views, knowledge, experience and passion for sustainable residential building.

Approach to sustainable residential design, building or professional service – 40 points

  • Outline of the individuals philosophy on environmentally responsible building and how this has influenced the direction of your business.
  • Demonstration of entrant’s effectiveness in creating or leading change in the housing industry.
  • Demonstration of how entrant is expanding their knowledge and keeping up-to-date with changing trends.

Application of GreenSmart Principles – 20 points

  • Current evidence of building the GreenSmart way or providing a service that incorporates GreenSmart principles in the residential building industry.

Incorporation of sustainable practices into your business – 10 points

  • Outline of how environmental issues have been incorporated into the planning and decision making processes for the business operations.

Innovation and promotion – 30 points

  • Outline of how the business philosophy is communicated to customers.
  • List of the principles, practices or products that entrant can see using in the future to build the GreenSmart way and why.
  • Outline of how entrant sees the housing industry continuing to adapt to a changing environment?

Renovation/Addition Project

An extension or renovation involving structural building work to an existing individual house or other residential building. To renovate and upgrade a group of apartments, villas, townhouses, etc or to convert a non-residential building into a residential building.

Builders entering this category must be responsible for the total renovation.

Judging criteria

Environmental design, features and construction – 55 points

  • 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.

Innovation – 15 points

  • 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 – 10 points

  • External appearance and suitability of response to site constraints – e.g. slope, vegetation.

Liveability and cost effectiveness – 20 points

  • 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

Residential Land Development

This award recognises residential land development/ subdivisions. The development must demonstrate minimal environmental impact as well as environmental, social and economic gains through its design, construction and development and will ideally create more than twenty lots.

Judging criteria

Environmental design, features and planning - subdivision – 40 points

  • Residential Developments that optimise solar orientation for the majority of lots/dwellings having regard for site topography and constraints.
  • Infrastructure that facilitates the utilisation of non potable water resources – e.g. rainwater, stormwater, recycled water) for external and internal uses.
  • Integrate with and respond to site specific opportunities or constraints – e.g. retention and enhancement of native flora, protection of fauna habitat and heritage features and creation of wetlands.
  • Design to optimise opportunities for walking, cycling and use of public transport within the development and connections to adjoining areas.
  • Provide a diversity of housing product through a mix of lot sizes and/or dwelling types.

Environmental design, features and construction (dwellings) – 30 points

  • Energy efficiency – e.g. energy rating of building envelopes and performance of buildings, selection of efficient fixtures and appliances alternative energy sources e.g. photovoltaic systems, wind power, cogeneration facilities.
  • Water efficiency – e.g. efficient usage through appliances or fixtures within individual buildings or dwellings or communal facilities and areas (parks).
  • Promotion of waste management techniques and resource recovery to residential builders to maximise recovery and recycling of materials and minimise general waste on site.

Management of civil works – 20 points

  • Implementation of site management techniques designed to control soil erosion during construction and until the site becomes stabilised by retaining soil on the site and minimising site disturbance.
  • Resource efficiency – e.g. material selection including use of recycled building or construction materials, reduction in materials sent to landfill during construction, use of prefabricated materials.
  • Inclusion of energy management techniques – e.g. solar powered street lighting or amenities.
  • Protection of natural features within the development site – e.g. waterways, native vegetation and suitability of response to site constraints – e.g. slope, aspect, vegetation.

Liveability and visual appeal – 10 points

  • Connectivity of the project with surrounding environment and infrastructure –  e.g. linkages of open space and vegetation.
  • Integration with or provision for community centres, schools, shopping precincts and business centres.
  • Use of programs or provision of facilities to establish and maintain community interaction and sense of neighbourhood.
  • External appearance and suitability of response to site constraints –  e.g. slope, vegetation.

Sustainable Home

This award is presented to the housing project (single or multi dwelling) that best incorporates cost-effective environmental performance and operational principles to its design and construction.

To nominate a project in this category, you are required to nominate through the Sustainable Home category in your regional Housing Awards. Each regional Sustainable Home winner will progress as a finalist in the Sustainable Home category at the Australian GreenSmart Awards.

Judging criteria

Energy efficiency and energy management – 25 points

  • Exceeds state regulation of energy rating of the building envelope (more than 6 stars/Energy 40 for BASIX).
  • Dwelling orientated to take advantage of natural lighting, passive solar access and prevailing breezes.
  • Effective use of eaves and external shading – e.g. pergolas, canopies, awnings and vegetation.
  • Effective use of thermally efficient windows frames and energy efficient glazing.
  • Where installed are artificial heating/cooling systems efficient – minimum 4 star.
  • Use of Energy Efficient Lighting (minimum 80% of fixtures).

Water efficiency and water management – 25 points

  • Utilisation of non-potable water resources –  e.g. rainwater, stormwater, recycled water. for external and/or internal uses.
  • Use of water efficient fittings and fixtures within the home to reduce consumption of potable water.
    • Toilets – minimum 4 star WELS rating
    • Showerheads – minimum 4 star WELS rating
    • Tapware – minimum 4 star WELS rating.
  • Use of water efficient irrigation in landscaping –  e.g. sub surface or drip irrigation systems.
  • Use of predominantly indigenous or drought tolerant plants in landscaping.

Resource efficiency – 5 points

  • Material selection incorporating recycled building or construction materials.
  • Use of waste management techniques to maximise resource recovery and recycling of materials and general waste onsite.

Protection of Indoor Air Quality – 5 points

  • Use of low–allergen or non-toxic materials within the building  – e.g. paints, glues, varnishes, floor coverings, manufactured wood products with low VOC content.

Innovation – 20 points

  • Design or construction addresses any unique site conditions.
  • Innovative use of building materials/finishes.
  • Use of new technology (building or features) – e.g. energy management systems/meters, alternative energy sources such as solar PV, battery.
  • High performance hot water system – 5 star.

Visual appeal – 10 points

  • External appearance and suitability of response to site constraints – e.g. slope, vegetation.

Liveability and cost effectiveness – 10 points

  • 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.