{{ propApi.closeIcon }}
Our industry
Our industry $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Economic research & forecasting Economics Housing outlook Tailored market research Economic reports & data Inspiring Australia's building professionals Business & digital Products & innovation Projects HOUSING Online The only place to get your industry news Media releases Member alerts Submissions See all
Business support
Business support $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Become an apprentice host Hire an apprentice Why host a HIA apprentice? Apprentice partner program Builder & manufacturer program Industry insurance Construction legal expenses insurance Construction works insurance Home warranty insurance Tradies & tool insurance Planning & safety solutions Building & planning services How can safety solutions help you? Independent site inspections Solutions for your business Contracts Online HIA Tradepass HIA SafeScan Advertise jobs Trusted support & guidance Contracts & compliance support Professional services Industrial relations Member savings Toyota vehicles Fuel savings Handy pay See all
Resources & advice
Resources & advice $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Building it right Building codes Australian standards Getting it right on site See all Building materials & products Concrete, bricks & walls Getting products approved Use the right products for the job See all Managing your business Dealing with contracts Handling disputes Managing your employees See all Managing your safety Falls from heights Safety rules Working with silica See all Building your business Growing your business Maintaining your business See all Other subjects COVID-19 Getting approval to build Sustainable homes See all
Careers & learning
Careers & learning $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
A rewarding career Become an apprentice Apprenticeships on offer Frequently asked questions Study with us Find a course to suit you Qualification courses Learning on demand A job in the industry Get your builder's licence Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Find jobs
HIA community
HIA community $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Join HIA Sign me up How do I become a member? What's in it for me? Mates rates Get involved Become an award judge Join a committee Partner with us Our initiatives GreenSmart Kitchen, bathroom and design hub Get to know us Our members Our people Our partners Support for you Charitable Foundation Mental health program
Awards & events
Awards & events $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Awards Awards program People & Business Awards GreenSmart Australian Housing Awards Awards winners Regional Award winners Australian Housing Award winners 2023 Australian Home of the Year Enter online Industry events Events in the next month Economic outlook National Conference Events calendar
HIA products
HIA products $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Shop @ HIA Digital Australian Standards Contracts Online Shipping & delivery Purchasing T&Cs See all Products Purchase NCC 2022 Building codes & standards Economic reports Hard copy contracts Guides & manuals
About Contact Newsroom
$vuetify.icons.faTimes
$vuetify.icons.faMapMarker Set my location Use the field below to update your location
Address
Change location
{{propApi.title}}
{{propApi.text}} {{region}} Change location
{{propApi.title}}
{{propApi.successMessage}} {{region}} Change location

$vuetify.icons.faPhone1300 650 620

GreenSmart does it again

GreenSmart does it again

{{ tag.label }} {{ tag.label }} $vuetify.icons.faTimes
The annual GreenSmart Symposium in Melbourne was a superb day by all accounts, jam-packed with learnings, networking and inspiration for HIA members.

Laura Valic

Editor

From an early morning walking tour to the late-night celebrations, the 2023 HIA Australian GreenSmart Awards and Symposium was a dynamic event focused on the future of sustainable buildings. HIA members from across the country joined together in Melbourne on 25 August to hear about the latest sustainable ideas, regulations and product innovation from an impressive speaker line-up.

Following an invigorating curated design tour that explored the sustainable development initiatives and future plans for the city, attendees were greeted for the symposium by the day’s MC, comedian and TV personality, Tim Ross. His vibrant humour kept everyone engaged as he introduced the speakers, starting with a welcome address from the Hon. Jenny McAllister, Assistant Minister for Climate Change and Energy. According to the minister, the Albanese Government is ensuring more Australians have access to energy-efficient homes.

HIA Managing Director Jocelyn Martin opened the symposium.

‘It’s why in the last Budget, we announced a $1.7 billion package to help households and businesses have more choice over their energy use,’ she says. ‘This is an immense opportunity. We’re looking forward to working with experts, industry and our communities to develop housing solutions that will mean more people can make every watt count.’

Helping to provide data to shape future regulations and illuminate emerging building trends is the CSIRO’s Australian Housing Data Portal and a first-of-its-kind AI-powered in-home building assessment tool – Rapid Rate. Attendees heard about the data being unlocked, and how this innovative technology is expected to provide economic, climate and societal benefits well beyond energy-efficient housing.

But the here and now is what many designer and builder members are keen to hear more about in order to prepare for regulatory change. Presented by Simon Croft, HIA’s leading expert on building codes and standards, the audience was taken through the current and future code changes coming into effect as Australia transitions towards net zero. From fast-tracking EV infrastructure in buildings to setting target limits on the embodied emissions of materials going into buildings, attendees such as HIA member Brodie Edge heard about both the opportunities and the challenges on the horizon for the residential construction industry.

A curated design tour explored the sustainable development initiatives and future plans for Melbourne city.

‘The event offered a deeper understanding of present and future regulations within the housing industry but from a practical perspective,’ says Brodie, Senior Draftsperson at Hamlan. ‘HIA GreenSmart’s commitment to offering real-world viewpoints sets it apart, making it an essential event for anyone seeking to navigate the complex landscape of sustainable housing regulations.’

Simon’s presentation was a natural segue for Kingspan’s Stuart Braine to discuss the company’s innovative Kooltherm K12 high-performance insulation. This product is touted to be an easy solution for building professionals to achieve new 7-star energy requirements (read more about Kingspan on pages 46-47). 

While a minimum of 7 stars is soon to become standard for residential construction, many who were sitting in the audience are leading the way in sustainable design and building, often achieving much higher energy performance ratings in their own projects. This is certainly the case for Grant Hartwig and Heather Ghidella from MyStyle Homes (QLD). 

Their 10-star MyInfinity house won the 2023 HIA Australian GreenSmart Display/Project Home award, presented to the duo later that evening, while Joe and Merylese Mercieca from Blue Eco Homes took out the 2023 HIA Australian GreenSmart Home award for a multi-generational and fully accessible house which was built to achieve the highly rigorous Passivhaus-Plus standards.

Also speaking to 10-star energy ratings was keynote speaker, environmental scientist and TV presenter, Dr Josh Byrne. A decade ago, Josh set an industry benchmark by designing a 10-star GreenSmart property in Fremantle, WA. Since it was built, he has been living there with his family, monitoring its performance and using the house as a learning lab for high-performance homes. Josh generously shared his observations and journey with attendees both on and off the stage.

The symposium continued into the afternoon with a panel session about the role of the energy assessor in light of continuing NCC energy-efficiency upgrades. The panellists dived into what stage of the design and construction process it makes sense for the assessor to intersect, in addition to the relevance of introducing an accreditation scheme for the profession.

Many attendees expressing a wish to get together again next year.

Before the much-anticipated awards evening kicked off, Liam Wallis from Melbourne-based HIP V. HYPE rounded off the event with a look into one of his company’s carbon-neutral apartment projects, Ferrars & York. Liam spoke about its design methodology and features, as well as how an integrated approach to form and functionality can encourage a more conscious and connected lifestyle for residents.

According to Jenny Haling, HIA Manager – Awards Program, the presentation was eye-opening, not only for how well Ferrars & York performs sustainably but how HIP V. HYPE works collectively with fellow professionals to constantly innovate. ‘They have in place processes to enable skilled people to collaborate to elevate the end outcome, benefiting the people living in the dwellings,’ she explains. ‘Their work with local manufacturers to create new timber products to a European standard is outstanding.’ 

With many attendees expressing a wish to get together again next year, keep your eye open for the 2024 details so you don’t miss your opportunity to attend such a dynamic business event! 

GreenSmart awards nominations open soon

Congratulations to this year’s Australian GreenSmart winners. To enter your own sustainable projects into next year’s awards, look out for nominations opening in early 2024.
HIA thanks NatHERS (major sponsor), Kingspan, The Australian Reinforcing Company, COLORBOND steel, Vantage’s AWS, Wood Solutions, Holcim, Bondor Metecno and HIA Insurance Services for their sponsorship support of the 2023 HIA Australian GreenSmart Awards and Symposium.

First published on 1 November 2023

You might also like:

Kitchens Design Awards Projects
Alfresco and aquarium combo
Western Australia’s Carmen Hansberry is no novice when it comes to interior design. This Senior Creative Designer and business founder showcased her residential talents, winning the HIA 2023 Western Australian Residential Interior...
Jan 24
3 min
Read full article $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Design Kitchens Inspiration Projects
Sage advice
Bringing natural tones of sage, mint and olive creates a peaceful ambience in both indoor and outdoor spaces. These muted hues can be easily integrated in popular design styles, from industrial and traditional to Scandi and the Ha...
Nov 23
3 mins
Read full article $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Kitchens Laundry Inspiration Projects
Bring in the Butler
In a modern kitchen, the butler’s pantry provides functionality and hides away the mighty mess. We reveal the value of the must-have butler’s pantry.
Oct 23
5 mins
Read full article $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Awards Bathroom Inspiration Projects
Light and grey
A dramatic greyscale palette and intriguing interplay of texture and sculptural form come together in the 2023 HIA Australian Bathroom of the Year.
Oct 23
5 mins
Read full article $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Renovations Awards Inspiration Projects
When two become one
In this two-part building project, BCG Constructions expertly navigated the complexities of a painstaking heritage renovation, in tandem with an ultramodern rear addition.
Sep 23
5 mins
Read full article $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Design Kitchens Inspiration Projects
Southerly change
Drawing inspiration from Dorothea Mackellar’s beloved poem, My Country, these tranquil tones come from ‘a land of sweeping plains, of ragged mountain ranges’. This soothing palette merges off-whites, greys and neutrals, topped off...
Aug 23
2 min
Read full article $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Awards Inspiration Projects Residential
Built on character
In any building company, loyalty and respect always lead to better results. Just ask South Coast Constructions – its team supported its future managing director during his most difficult time.
Aug 23
4 min
Read full article $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Kitchens Awards Residential Inspiration Projects
Bold as brass
It took fearless ingenuity by Craig Linke Bespoke Building to transform the dated interior of an historical Adelaide hotel into this vibrant entertainer’s kitchen worthy of a national award.
Aug 23
5 min
Read full article $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Awards Inspiration Projects Residential
Double the sensation
With its elevated living and classic weatherboard exterior, the 2023 HIA Australian Townhouse/Villa of the Year by Mactech Constructions is a showstopping take on the modern Queenslander.
Jul 23
4 min
Read full article $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Awards Bathroom Projects Renovations
Ahead of the curve
When a designer took on a three-storey renovation, she treated the home’s ground-floor bathroom as a crux. Every material, every tone and every style were carefully considered.
Jun 23
4 min
Read full article $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Inspiration Renovations Projects
Modern manors
This finely honed, sensitive renovation of a gracious Victorian manor was an extraordinary project, carried out during an extraordinary time.
Jun 23
5 min
Read full article $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Inspiration Projects Residential
Scene stealer
This incredibly contemporary family home in Sydney commands attention thanks to the careful planning, innovative thinking and precise workmanship from the team at JPH Built.
Jun 23
5 min
Read full article $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight