For many entries, sustainable materials have been almost a necessity. Meanwhile, one of the SA judges found that the preservation of original buildings was a highlight of the 2020 entries. ‘Many of the owners were inspired to sustain the original but also utilise some of the elements through the new part of the home that was extended and renovated.’
One of these entries was an old school that was being transformed into a beguiling home. ‘They retained the front part of the residence but used some material they found onsite during their excavation,’ explains the SA judge. ‘Attention to detail is certainly at a new height.’
Finding the passion
Many of the judges have taken part in this process for many years. So, what inspires them to take on those endless drives through all types of weather?
One WA judge explains: ‘What inspires me is the chance to be part of a process that’s confidently backed by Australia’s leading industry body. The opportunity to network across our industry and view the craftsmanship, innovation and design with industry leaders is a terrific experience.’
An SA judge agrees: ‘Giving back to the industry has given me so many opportunities. I also get to meet new people and appreciate innovative designs.’
According to a Victorian judge, she enjoys seeing how HIA helps our members get ahead with their goals. ‘I saw this when I first spoke at one of the HIA events,’ she says. I then wanted to be a part of the HIA community and offer my assistance to the members. Being a judge was just the start and nine years on, I’m glad I took the step.’
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