West Australian builders have once again found success at the national level, taking out an impressive four awards at the recent 2012 HIA-Nissan Fleet GreenSmart Awards.
WA's Econstruct won the GreenSmart custom built home award for a Fremantle residence which also received the HIA WA GreenSmart home of the year prize earlier this year.
The project was praised by the national judges for demonstrating that green homes did not need to compromise on looks and style while also maximising airflow and passive-solar benefits.
Burswood-based Right Homes won the GreenSmart project home category for a family home in Aveley which was commended for the way it took into consideration the orientation of the block, insulation, ventilation, thermal mass and the clients' lifestyle.
The third WA winner was the EcoVision Wanneroo project, a partnership between developer Cedar Woods Properties and the City of Wanneroo. The project involved the construction of two eight-star-rated demonstration homes in Tapping, which were praised by the judges for their innovative approach to providing affordable yet very comfortable housing.
Also representing WA was the winner of the GreenSmart spec home category, Splice Projects. The company won for a highly efficient prefabricated passive-solar home called Twilight Brae near Toodyay, which was applauded by the judges for the innovative and experimental ways in which it optimised passive heating, cooling and lighting, and minimised energy and water consumption.
The overall winners at the presentation ceremony, which was held in Sydney on September 6, were builder Clarendon Homes NSW and developer Landcom, which received the GreenSmart home of the year award for its innovative Net Zero Emissions display home in north-west Sydney. The two companies also won the water efficiency, resource efficiency and display home categories.
Other winners included Tasmanian company Justin O'Connor Builders, NSW eco-friendly specialist your abode, GreenSmart professional winner Danny Pauley, of Energy Aspect Living in South Australia, and Dowell Windows, which operates nationwide.
The winners were congratulated by HIA managing director Shane Goodwin, who said that the awards represented the pinnacle of sustainable residential construction.
"Consumers are becoming ever more aware of the impact their homes have on the environment and are taking increasingly larger measures to ensure this is minimised," Mr Goodwin said. "The HIA GreenSmart program is a voluntary initiative and our members can incorporate it into their building practices to respond to consumer demand."