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BDAV 2016 Building Design Awards

Waltham Jewel

Winner Excellence in Use of Lightweight Materials

Designer: Melbourne Design Studios Pty Ltd
Web: www.melbournedesignstudios.com.au
Builder: H Daniel Constructions
Photographer: Peter Clarke Photography
Location: Richmond, VIC

Clever use of lightweight construction in the context of a heritage extension allowed greater insulation than a usual lightweight build. The judges were looking for something that was different, or trying something not as common in use of lightweight materials. This entry achieved this with well-documented additional thermal break through widening of the external walls. This will lead to a greater comfort level through the use of additional insulation, and make a lightweight build feel solid and strong against the elements. There was also use of additional lightweight materials in the planter design and an external insulation finishing system to the main panels to further improve performance. A good clever use of lightweight material to further improve the quality of this build.