What an amazing and inspiring weekend of sustainable house designs, stalls, stories, kids' activities, tours, tips and tricks!
For those of you who missed the event, catch some highlights in the video package above and don't forget to check out our video highlights from this year's open homes day.
Thank you to everyone who entered this year's Build it Local Design Competition. We appreciate the effort and thought that goes into every entry.
Congratulations to all our winners:
Jaye Irving $ 500
Daniel Stewart $ 500
Joint Second prize
Lisa Warner $ 250
Vanessa Luff $ 250
Ronny Matzat $ 100
Zephyr Leung $ 200
Joint Second prize
Willa Hack $ 50
Kye & team $ 50
Joint Third prize
Damon Walker $ 50
Ethan, Josh & William $ 50
The judges said a lot of thought went into the professional entries, all of which were high quality, many used recycled and natural materials, including hemp, earth and some mapped out the distance between where the materials were sourced and the build itself.
The judges were really impressed with the calibre of the community entries this year, particularly given most of them entered after the deadline extension. They said the entries were well thought out and that it was great to see the community thinking about sustainability beyond energy efficiency and focusing on the embodied energy of the build, an area that is not usually considered in the building industry.
Our Young Designers embraced the ‘Build it Local’ theme wholeheartedly, with local wood, paperbark, rammed earth and a big focus on recycled materials. The judges were impressed with the level of detail and innovative concepts that came through in the kids’ designs, which we can all be inspired by. Keeping our services local was a strong theme with the kids’ entries. There are lots of self-powered homes running on their own water, and its great to see the 3 bin system in action on this models.
Thanks to all our category sponsors:
Red Ned's – Professional
Enova Energy – Community
Summerland Credit Union – Young People
Bond University – Speed Date a Designer
The Sustainable House Day Partners Collaboration is made up of a passionate group of people, representing key sustainability organsations with a strong interest in promoting and facilitating sustainable and socially inclusive home design, building and living in the Northern Rivers. The event is coordinated by Andia Cally.