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BDAV 2016 Building Design Awards

Culvert House Trentham

Commendation Best Environmentally Sustainable Design: Residential

Designer: Maxa Design Pty Ltd
Web: www.maxadesign.com.au
Builder: N & NJ Massini Building
Photographer: Chris Neylon Photographer
Location: Trentham, VIC

The Culvert House was highly commended by the Judging Panel in this category because of the comprehensive and effective steps taken in the design process to address sustainability criteria. At a relatively modest capital cost, the Culvert House demonstrates the leading-edge resource management features that reflect best practice. Energy neutrality and water management self-sufficiency are not only highly appropriate to the Trentham setting of this property, but also point the way ahead for residential buildings in sprawling coastal cities where a large number of Australians live. Local sourcing of building materials is also commendable; and attention to embodied energy is an initiative that is actually well in advance ahead of national building code considerations.