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Victorian builders recognised at national awards

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Victorian builders recognised at national awards

Media release
An impressive 8.4-star Passive House built by Victorian sustainable builder Ovens & King Builders won HIA Australian GreenSmart Energy Efficiency at the prestigious 2023 HIA Australian GreenSmart Awards announced today.

The project was constructed for its retired homeowners to showcase the benefits of energy-efficient housing in the local community of Bright. The design takes advantage of its north-facing position and is aided by a 30kW solar PV system, 10kWH lithium battery, triple-glazed windows and superior insulation throughout to ensure comfortable internal temperatures year-round with minimal, if any, energy costs incurred. This category is partnered by Architectural Window Systems.

Ashley Beaumont from Ecoliv Buildings and Beaumont Building Design won HIA Australian GreenSmart Professional. Ashley started Ecoliv Buildings 13 years ago to create carbon positive prefabricated modular buildings that balance the needs of homeowners today without compromising the future. He ensures sustainability is ingrained within all aspects of the business and its construction projects, with Ashley also proudly attaining the Climate Active and B Corporation certifications in 2022 for the business. This category is partnered by HIA Insurance Services.

The 2023 HIA Australian GreenSmart Home – the highest accolade presented at the 2023 HIA Australian GreenSmart Awards – was won by Blue Eco Homes from New South Wales for an exceptional energy-efficient dwelling that is fully accessible, multi-generational in design and built to a BAL-40 rating.

In congratulating the winners, HIA Managing Director Graham Wolfe said HIA Australian GreenSmart Awards recognise HIA members who deliver the latest in environmental design excellence and sustainable building practices.

“With the incoming changes to the National Construction Code, energy efficiency, water saving and condensation are important considerations for clients, designers, builders and material suppliers alike.

“HIA’s commitment to sustainable building outcomes through environmentally focussed design, innovation and construction has not altered over the 23 years the HIA GreenSmart program has been running. Our members demonstrate that comfort, security, innovation and value for money can co-exist in a sustainable built environment.

“Each winner and finalist is congratulated for achieving success at a national level. They are at the top of their field and are committed to building sustainable homes for their clients,” concluded Mr Wolfe.

The HIA GreenSmart program began more than 23 years ago and is a voluntary initiative available to HIA members.

The Awards major sponsor, the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) provides energy ratings for new dwellings and major renovations which helps create energy efficient, resilient and comfortable homes for the future.

For media images: media.hia.com.au

View all winners

For more information please contact:

Keith Ryan

Executive Director - Victoria
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