Congratulations to all of the winners and commended for 2015.

OVERALL WINNER AND Lendlease OFFICE (LARGE) WINNER: Google Head Office South Africa by Boogertman + Partners, South Africa A truly well thought out sustainable project inspired by the contextual fabric of Johannesburg, South Africa. Jeans were collected from staff members to create the upholstery. Furniture was made of recycled / upcycled items such as old wheel barrels that were converted into stools. 7500 recycled magazines were used as cladding in the waiting nook .Their commitment to using ethical products from the surrounding community and the use of sustainable products is a wonderful approach that educates others in the possibilities of being sustainable whilst designing a cool office.  Very inspiring. The Google South Africa project boasts an accreditation of both a 5-star Green Star rating as well as a Gold LEED certification. The project was inspired by its contextual fabric of Johannesburg. Many items for the design were sourced from the city, contributing to the concept’s implementation through an authentic initiative to upcycle and reuse objects and non-conventional building media alike, consistent to the personality of the city. The project created a platform for questioning the standard approach to green design by reinterpreting the necessities of a workplace setting, aligning the requirements with the city context and attending to the needs of the specific users. Views to the exterior, visual comfort, internal air quality, ergonomics, waste monitoring and recycling initiatives, daylight harvesting and energy-efficiency were, amongst others, developed in a way to be conducive to a comfortable work environment. Second-hand magazines, advertisement banners, crates, reclaimed timber and African beads are, amongst many others, some of the non-traditional materials sourced from the city and used within the design.

OVERALL WINNER AND Lendlease OFFICE (LARGE) WINNER: Google Head Office South Africa by Boogertman + Partners, South Africa

A truly well thought out sustainable project inspired by the contextual fabric of Johannesburg, South Africa. Jeans were collected from staff members to create the upholstery. Furniture was made of recycled / upcycled items such as old wheel barrels that were converted into stools. 7500 recycled magazines were used as cladding in the waiting nook .Their commitment to using ethical products from the surrounding community and the use of sustainable products is a wonderful approach that educates others in the possibilities of being sustainable whilst designing a cool office.  Very inspiring.

The Google South Africa project boasts an accreditation of both a 5-star Green Star rating as well as a Gold LEED certification. The project was inspired by its contextual fabric of Johannesburg. Many items for the design were sourced from the city, contributing to the concept’s implementation through an authentic initiative to upcycle and reuse objects and non-conventional building media alike, consistent to the personality of the city. The project created a platform for questioning the standard approach to green design by reinterpreting the necessities of a workplace setting, aligning the requirements with the city context and attending to the needs of the specific users. Views to the exterior, visual comfort, internal air quality, ergonomics, waste monitoring and recycling initiatives, daylight harvesting and energy-efficiency were, amongst others, developed in a way to be conducive to a comfortable work environment. Second-hand magazines, advertisement banners, crates, reclaimed timber and African beads are, amongst many others, some of the non-traditional materials sourced from the city and used within the design.

The Rug Collection RESIDENTIAL - RENOVATION: Jill's House by Green Sheep Collective, ESD Filters and Excelsior Master Builders and EngDev, Australia Jill's House is a very personal and individual renovation that loses no personality in its quest to be sustainable. How wonderful to see a renovation that has been well thought out and has considered the environment and the longevity of the home. Green Sheep Collective's philosophy is to approach design from an environmental, ethical, sustainable, and community minded perspective and with this their goal is to create liveable homes with long term benefits. The design itself converted a cold, poorly lit and damp terrace house into a comfortable, functional and beautiful home. Connections with garden spaces are much improved and excellent passive solar design enhances the feel and comfort of the house immeasurably. The creation of positive, adaptable spaces that people want to be in, which are light filled, relate to the outdoors and connect people to each other, form a sense of overall well-being which in itself contributes to the sustainability and longevity of the design.

The Rug Collection RESIDENTIAL - RENOVATION: Jill's House by Green Sheep Collective, ESD Filters and Excelsior Master Builders and EngDev, Australia

Jill's House is a very personal and individual renovation that loses no personality in its quest to be sustainable. How wonderful to see a renovation that has been well thought out and has considered the environment and the longevity of the home.

Green Sheep Collective's philosophy is to approach design from an environmental, ethical, sustainable, and community minded perspective and with this their goal is to create liveable homes with long term benefits. The design itself converted a cold, poorly lit and damp terrace house into a comfortable, functional and beautiful home. Connections with garden spaces are much improved and excellent passive solar design enhances the feel and comfort of the house immeasurably. The creation of positive, adaptable spaces that people want to be in, which are light filled, relate to the outdoors and connect people to each other, form a sense of overall well-being which in itself contributes to the sustainability and longevity of the design.

The Rug Collection RESIDENTIAL - RENOVATION COMMENDATION: Slot House by ssd studio, Australia The Slot house is a beautiful renovation that has been done with modesty in mind and a lot of inspiration. The project Californian Bungalow in Brighton Le Sands evolved from the desire to breathe new life into a character filled home, while creating generous , light-filled living spaces that opened up to the well-established rear garden. The design is underpinned by innovation and excellence in terms of environmental sustainability, by doing 'More with Less' - spatially and materially. New strand woven bamboo floorboards were selected. The bamboo flooring is manufactured using only the finest eco friendly binding adhesives that have the world’s lowest VOC emissions rating. All fixtures and fittings were selected for their optimal water saving capacity and scraplights used as feature LED lights are handcrafted from recycled cardboard. This home creates a beautiful peaceful retreat for the family, which also is environmental and ethical.

The Rug Collection RESIDENTIAL - RENOVATION COMMENDATION: Slot House by ssd studio, Australia

The Slot house is a beautiful renovation that has been done with modesty in mind and a lot of inspiration.

The project Californian Bungalow in Brighton Le Sands evolved from the desire to breathe new life into a character filled home, while creating generous , light-filled living spaces that opened up to the well-established rear garden. The design is underpinned by innovation and excellence in terms of environmental sustainability, by doing 'More with Less' - spatially and materially. New strand woven bamboo floorboards were selected. The bamboo flooring is manufactured using only the finest eco friendly binding adhesives that have the world’s lowest VOC emissions rating. All fixtures and fittings were selected for their optimal water saving capacity and scraplights used as feature LED lights are handcrafted from recycled cardboard. This home creates a beautiful peaceful retreat for the family, which also is environmental and ethical.

The Rug Collection RESIDENTIAL - NEW BUILD WINNER: Carbon Positive House by Archiblox, Australia Carbon Positive House incorporated carbon neutral materials, including glues and paints that are soy-based and formaldehyde free, creating a healthy building. (plant-based paints with no VOCs, were used to contribute to higher air quality with no off-gassing materials). Carbon Positive House has been created to free us from conservative building structures and make significant contributions to society by creating this prefabricated model. Developed and created through innovative design sensitivities and new technologies, the Carbon Positive House moves beyond carbon zero by making additional ‘positive’ contributions, producing more energy on-site than the building requires. Each element of the Carbon Positive House has had careful consideration during the design process as to how it can function more sustainably. Therefore, the holistic approach which involves the consideration of materials, construction methods, passive design techniques, renewable energy and landscape design add up together to create an ultra-sustainable modular home.

The Rug Collection RESIDENTIAL - NEW BUILD WINNER: Carbon Positive House by Archiblox, Australia

Carbon Positive House incorporated carbon neutral materials, including glues and paints that are soy-based and formaldehyde free, creating a healthy building. (plant-based paints with no VOCs, were used to contribute to higher air quality with no off-gassing materials).

Carbon Positive House has been created to free us from conservative building structures and make significant contributions to society by creating this prefabricated model. Developed and created through innovative design sensitivities and new technologies, the Carbon Positive House moves beyond carbon zero by making additional ‘positive’ contributions, producing more energy on-site than the building requires. Each element of the Carbon Positive House has had careful consideration during the design process as to how it can function more sustainably. Therefore, the holistic approach which involves the consideration of materials, construction methods, passive design techniques, renewable energy and landscape design add up together to create an ultra-sustainable modular home.

Brightgreen RETAIL - WINNER: V-ZUG Australia Melbourne ZUGORAMA, V-ZUG Australia The commitment in the energy output in V-ZUG's products is great and aligning with a company that helped create the V-ZUG Showroom to be sustainable is a positive alignment and seen as a holistic approach. This is a great example how a retail showroom can integrate green interior products. V-ZUG’s awareness of their responsibility and their technological expertise make them leaders in the industry when it comes to ecology. All the floors and wall materials used in V-ZUG’s Melbourne ZUGORAMA Showroom were supplied by Admonter (Austrian company producing sustainable products such as timber floors acoustic panels), This space is environmental and stylish.

Brightgreen RETAIL - WINNER: V-ZUG Australia Melbourne ZUGORAMA, V-ZUG Australia

The commitment in the energy output in V-ZUG's products is great and aligning with a company that helped create the V-ZUG Showroom to be sustainable is a positive alignment and seen as a holistic approach. This is a great example how a retail showroom can integrate green interior products.

V-ZUG’s awareness of their responsibility and their technological expertise make them leaders in the industry when it comes to ecology. All the floors and wall materials used in V-ZUG’s Melbourne ZUGORAMA Showroom were supplied by Admonter (Austrian company producing sustainable products such as timber floors acoustic panels), This space is environmental and stylish.

Auswest Timbers HOSPITALITY WINNER: Mamasan Surry Hills by Adam Hunt and Gemma Lin, Australia The way they have used all the recycled timber and other knick knacks from around Sydney, is creative and fun. By using building materials and furniture which is recycled, this fitout shows that reused materials can be finished and used elegantly. The use of an old dead gum tree to decorate the walls is very creative. Owners, Gemma and Adam, were able to create an amazing restaurant using almost everything made from recycled timber to create furniture and for building materials. This amazing space is filled with products that were found or bought second hand creating a cool and funky place to hang out and eat and drink. When they first walked into the upstairs section they were drenched in natural light - so they put a 4 meter high live Japanese Maple tree under the skylight and built a table around it that sits 15 people out of recycled pallet crate wood. At the base of the tree is a succulent garden and above a shower rose protrudes from the roof to water the tree. Really just gorgeous. Another amazing upcycled creation found in the restaurant is the Sashimi bar made from an 80 year old wooden dinghy which was abandoned up the back of Pittwater. It was rescued & restored. They love their business so much that they even built a shrine to Ji Gong - the Buddhist God of Drinking ("The Drunk Monk") out of recycled Chinese Medicine Spice Draws and antique wood sourced from a Chinese country village.

Auswest Timbers HOSPITALITY WINNER: Mamasan Surry Hills by Adam Hunt and Gemma Lin, Australia

The way they have used all the recycled timber and other knick knacks from around Sydney, is creative and fun. By using building materials and furniture which is recycled, this fitout shows that reused materials can be finished and used elegantly. The use of an old dead gum tree to decorate the walls is very creative.

Owners, Gemma and Adam, were able to create an amazing restaurant using almost everything made from recycled timber to create furniture and for building materials. This amazing space is filled with products that were found or bought second hand creating a cool and funky place to hang out and eat and drink. When they first walked into the upstairs section they were drenched in natural light - so they put a 4 meter high live Japanese Maple tree under the skylight and built a table around it that sits 15 people out of recycled pallet crate wood. At the base of the tree is a succulent garden and above a shower rose protrudes from the roof to water the tree. Really just gorgeous. Another amazing upcycled creation found in the restaurant is the Sashimi bar made from an 80 year old wooden dinghy which was abandoned up the back of Pittwater. It was rescued & restored. They love their business so much that they even built a shrine to Ji Gong - the Buddhist God of Drinking ("The Drunk Monk") out of recycled Chinese Medicine Spice Draws and antique wood sourced from a Chinese country village.

Auswest Timbers HOSPITALITY COMMENDATION: The Public Brewery by Bekendales Design Co., Australia Finding an old dilapidated shed, which was once the local area’s feed and grain store, was the perfect start to creating the Public Brewery venue. The owners were committed to the idea of using recycled and refurbished materials wherever possible for the fitout of the venue. There was a shout out to the community of any discarded products and finding things as they went. Subsequently the design of the interior of the venue was an organic process and unorthodox. They worked backwards really, using what they found, rather than deciding on a design and having things made from plans. Although the focus on using recycled and reclaimed materials was always the driving force behind their choices of materials and pieces, they remained focused on the final objective - they were creating a venue that would welcome and service customers from a wide ranging demographic. They wanted a venue where the customers would not know unless they were told, that the majority of the fitout has been sourced second hand. They really have achieved that goal and the venue is a perfect example of how using recycled and reclaimed materials can result in a polished and sophisticated venue.

Auswest Timbers HOSPITALITY COMMENDATION: The Public Brewery by Bekendales Design Co., Australia

Finding an old dilapidated shed, which was once the local area’s feed and grain store, was the perfect start to creating the Public Brewery venue. The owners were committed to the idea of using recycled and refurbished materials wherever possible for the fitout of the venue. There was a shout out to the community of any discarded products and finding things as they went. Subsequently the design of the interior of the venue was an organic process and unorthodox. They worked backwards really, using what they found, rather than deciding on a design and having things made from plans.

Although the focus on using recycled and reclaimed materials was always the driving force behind their choices of materials and pieces, they remained focused on the final objective - they were creating a venue that would welcome and service customers from a wide ranging demographic. They wanted a venue where the customers would not know unless they were told, that the majority of the fitout has been sourced second hand. They really have achieved that goal and the venue is a perfect example of how using recycled and reclaimed materials can result in a polished and sophisticated venue.

KE-ZU EDUCATION WINNER: TED Conference in Canada by Rockwell Group, USA The kit-of-parts shows great use of modularity, especially with 16 different seating options. The concept of reusing the full theatre and being fairly easy to install shows great planning/design for a green product. The portable, kit-of-parts theatre can be easily transported, quickly built and dismantled, and stored off-site until the following year. It has been constructed from thousands of CNC-milled pieces, made from locally harvested Douglas fir and due to this glulam construction it has the ability to minimise vibration and noise that might affect webcast filming. An amazing example of a product that has the ability to be reused many times over, reducing the impact on the environment and truly being sustainable.

KE-ZU EDUCATION WINNER: TED Conference in Canada by Rockwell Group, USA

The kit-of-parts shows great use of modularity, especially with 16 different seating options. The concept of reusing the full theatre and being fairly easy to install shows great planning/design for a green product.

The portable, kit-of-parts theatre can be easily transported, quickly built and dismantled, and stored off-site until the following year. It has been constructed from thousands of CNC-milled pieces, made from locally harvested Douglas fir and due to this glulam construction it has the ability to minimise vibration and noise that might affect webcast filming. An amazing example of a product that has the ability to be reused many times over, reducing the impact on the environment and truly being sustainable.

KE-ZU EDUCATION COMMENDATION: Melbourne Art Book Fair by Tobias Horrocks from Fold Theory, Australia The inaugural Melbourne Art Book Fair was built from recyclable cardboard and reusable netting. It arrived flat-packed and was assembled by mostly unskilled labour without the use of power tools, showing the ease of the structures and its sustainability essence. The temporary space had to perform different functions and accommodate the diverse needs of 40 exhibitors. The walls incorporated adjustable shelving, which could be manipulated as the exhibitors required. The wall panels could also be arranged as three-sided signage totems. The walls of the informal lecture theatre were assembled differently to allow more visual permeability. The production of the furniture took place in Mordialloc and is an exemplar of sustainability in the temporary event design industry. Cardboard is an ideal but under-utilised solution where functional and promotional structures need to be mobile and transportable. Engineered intelligently, it can be extremely strong, as evidenced by the tables that took the weight of many books, and the stools which withstand 200kg.

KE-ZU EDUCATION COMMENDATION: Melbourne Art Book Fair by Tobias Horrocks from Fold Theory, Australia

The inaugural Melbourne Art Book Fair was built from recyclable cardboard and reusable netting. It arrived flat-packed and was assembled by mostly unskilled labour without the use of power tools, showing the ease of the structures and its sustainability essence.

The temporary space had to perform different functions and accommodate the diverse needs of 40 exhibitors. The walls incorporated adjustable shelving, which could be manipulated as the exhibitors required. The wall panels could also be arranged as three-sided signage totems. The walls of the informal lecture theatre were assembled differently to allow more visual permeability. The production of the furniture took place in Mordialloc and is an exemplar of sustainability in the temporary event design industry. Cardboard is an ideal but under-utilised solution where functional and promotional structures need to be mobile and transportable. Engineered intelligently, it can be extremely strong, as evidenced by the tables that took the weight of many books, and the stools which withstand 200kg.

Australian Living HEALTHCARE WINNER: Fresh Holistic Health by Luke and Megan Bell and CABROTO, Australia A well thought out space which is healthy and non toxic, taking the client and the workers into consideration. A strong focus is placed on the environment both within and surrounding the practice. By creating a space that supports a healthy lifestyle and built in a way that supports a healthy environment is part of Fresh Holistic Health's Ethos. In order to fulfil their desire for environmental stewardship, they set about incorporating new products as well as tried and tested methods Aiming to minimise the impact of the building through construction stage, through the life of the space, to the eventual repurposing of the materials.

Australian Living HEALTHCARE WINNER: Fresh Holistic Health by Luke and Megan Bell and CABROTO, Australia

A well thought out space which is healthy and non toxic, taking the client and the workers into consideration. A strong focus is placed on the environment both within and surrounding the practice.

By creating a space that supports a healthy lifestyle and built in a way that supports a healthy environment is part of Fresh Holistic Health's Ethos. In order to fulfil their desire for environmental stewardship, they set about incorporating new products as well as tried and tested methods Aiming to minimise the impact of the building through construction stage, through the life of the space, to the eventual repurposing of the materials.

Lendlease OFFICE (LARGE) COMMENDATION: Lendlease Brisbane Office, by Lendlease and Hassell, Australia Lendlease is a company that takes sustainability seriously. The Brisbane office fitout was an holistic approach as they considering their employees by creating best in class health and wellbeing initiatives. An example of this is the sit-to-stand opportunities that are located throughout the office design including the team tables, all focus points and breakaway spaces. This theme is also continued through the social areas. The office interiors have been designed in conjunction with HASSELL to achieve a 6 Star Green Star rating under the Interiors Pilot. During the design phase all materials have been selected with consideration to durability, adaptability, and ease of assembly and disassembly and with this the aesthetics were also well considered.

Lendlease OFFICE (LARGE) COMMENDATION: Lendlease Brisbane Office, by Lendlease and Hassell, Australia

Lendlease is a company that takes sustainability seriously. The Brisbane office fitout was an holistic approach as they considering their employees by creating best in class health and wellbeing initiatives. An example of this is the sit-to-stand opportunities that are located throughout the office design including the team tables, all focus points and breakaway spaces. This theme is also continued through the social areas.

The office interiors have been designed in conjunction with HASSELL to achieve a 6 Star Green Star rating under the Interiors Pilot. During the design phase all materials have been selected with consideration to durability, adaptability, and ease of assembly and disassembly and with this the aesthetics were also well considered.

Lendlease OFFICE (SMALL) WINNER: Steelcase Worklife by  superkül, Canada Steelcase Toronto WorkLife is LEED-Commercial Interiors Gold certified that has amazing detail and commitment to sustainability whilst maintaining a beautiful modern designed office. The new showroom reflects Steelcase's ongoing research into the workplace of the future. It is designed to be flexible. The showroom, which is also the sales team’s workspace, can be reconfigured to accommodate large-scale training sessions. There is colour found throughout the stylish environment to break up the neutrals and give it some warmth. What’s important to note is that the project achieves superior sustainability without sacrificing innovative and dynamic aesthetic design.

Lendlease OFFICE (SMALL) WINNER: Steelcase Worklife by  superkül, Canada

Steelcase Toronto WorkLife is LEED-Commercial Interiors Gold certified that has amazing detail and commitment to sustainability whilst maintaining a beautiful modern designed office.

The new showroom reflects Steelcase's ongoing research into the workplace of the future. It is designed to be flexible. The showroom, which is also the sales team’s workspace, can be reconfigured to accommodate large-scale training sessions. There is colour found throughout the stylish environment to break up the neutrals and give it some warmth. What’s important to note is that the project achieves superior sustainability without sacrificing innovative and dynamic aesthetic design.

Lendlease OFFICE (SMALL) COMMENDATION: Green Building Council South Africa by Terramanzi Group, South Africa The GBCSA Head Office is situated in the Old Warehouse building of Black River Park, Cape Town. Products that met the Green Star SA Pilot Tool’s strict world class criteria have been integrated throughout enhancing the indoor environmental quality for all occupants whilst ensuring the space meets the functional needs of the GBCSA. There is creative flares found throughout with a cut out tree with gorgeous lantern lights to lotus flowers found at a bench creating bursts of colour throughout. There are also plants throughout with a green garden wall in the eating area also improving the air quality. The design and layout of the office encourages optimal external views, whilst the lighting design encourages natural light use with motion sensor lighting linked to window blind automation, which manages daylight, reduces artificial light requirements and glare and optimises thermal comfort.

Lendlease OFFICE (SMALL) COMMENDATION: Green Building Council South Africa by Terramanzi Group, South Africa

The GBCSA Head Office is situated in the Old Warehouse building of Black River Park, Cape Town. Products that met the Green Star SA Pilot Tool’s strict world class criteria have been integrated throughout enhancing the indoor environmental quality for all occupants whilst ensuring the space meets the functional needs of the GBCSA.

There is creative flares found throughout with a cut out tree with gorgeous lantern lights to lotus flowers found at a bench creating bursts of colour throughout. There are also plants throughout with a green garden wall in the eating area also improving the air quality. The design and layout of the office encourages optimal external views, whilst the lighting design encourages natural light use with motion sensor lighting linked to window blind automation, which manages daylight, reduces artificial light requirements and glare and optimises thermal comfort.

Universal Magazines AGED CARE WINNER: Lendlease Keperra Sanctuary by mostaghim & associates and Lendlease, Australia This truly is a sanctuary. A lot of thought has gone into this design. Involving the retirees thoughts was a positive and holistic approach. The use of different products which have been used are sustainable, beautiful and stylish. The Lendlease team was dedicated to finding an approach that would retain the building whilst allowing for its expansion and much needed refurbishment. They felt that the residents of Keperra Sanctuary were in need of a redesign to their environment to better suit their own growing requirements and wanted to create a stylish modern sanctuary. The core principles behind their intentions were that of community, longevity and sustainability through clever design and material selection. In addition to the utilisation of recycled building materials their design incorporates energy-efficiencies in its recycled water, solar generation of electricity, LED light fittings, water and waste efficient fixtures, fittings and appliances as well as in the general selection of products and soft furnishings. Where available, they have selected materials that featured a strong commitment to recyclability and / or renewability.

Universal Magazines AGED CARE WINNER: Lendlease Keperra Sanctuary by mostaghim & associates and Lendlease, Australia

This truly is a sanctuary. A lot of thought has gone into this design. Involving the retirees thoughts was a positive and holistic approach. The use of different products which have been used are sustainable, beautiful and stylish.

The Lendlease team was dedicated to finding an approach that would retain the building whilst allowing for its expansion and much needed refurbishment. They felt that the residents of Keperra Sanctuary were in need of a redesign to their environment to better suit their own growing requirements and wanted to create a stylish modern sanctuary. The core principles behind their intentions were that of community, longevity and sustainability through clever design and material selection. In addition to the utilisation of recycled building materials their design incorporates energy-efficiencies in its recycled water, solar generation of electricity, LED light fittings, water and waste efficient fixtures, fittings and appliances as well as in the general selection of products and soft furnishings. Where available, they have selected materials that featured a strong commitment to recyclability and / or renewability.

Universal Magazines AGED CARE COMMENDATION: Mernda Retirement Village Club House by Stockland Retirement Living, 6 Degrees Architects and Ducon, Australia Sustainability at Stockland is about ensuring they leave the communities and environment where they operate in good shape for future generations. As a developer, owner and manager they have a unique opportunity to create the right sustainable balance of social, environmental and economic conditions. The Mernda Clubhouse (896m2) is a perfect example of health, wellbeing and sustainability being at the forefront of the interior design to create a building that is iconic in the area, contemporary, eco-friendly and engaging on a human and environmental scale. The design was a culmination of a rich and engaging aesthetic, mindful of longevity and flexibility, which is important environmentally but also for delivering economic sustainability using recycled and natural materials.

Universal Magazines AGED CARE COMMENDATION: Mernda Retirement Village Club House by Stockland Retirement Living, 6 Degrees Architects and Ducon, Australia

Sustainability at Stockland is about ensuring they leave the communities and environment where they operate in good shape for future generations. As a developer, owner and manager they have a unique opportunity to create the right sustainable balance of social, environmental and economic conditions.

The Mernda Clubhouse (896m2) is a perfect example of health, wellbeing and sustainability being at the forefront of the interior design to create a building that is iconic in the area, contemporary, eco-friendly and engaging on a human and environmental scale. The design was a culmination of a rich and engaging aesthetic, mindful of longevity and flexibility, which is important environmentally but also for delivering economic sustainability using recycled and natural materials.

Australian Living STUDENTS WINNER: Balsa-lation by Nathan Kotlarewski,  Swinburne University of Technology, Australia Balsa-lation is a wonderful and innovative product created by a student who is committed to making a difference in a community whilst considering the environment. The product is a balsa wood acoustic interior lining solution that promotes material innovation, true sustainability and the socially responsible use of balsa for non-structural interior wall / ceiling linings. For a product to be labelled green consideration must be given to the impact it has on the environment, social culture and economics of an eco-system. Balsa is plantation grown in Papua New Guinea (PNG) by smallholders who rely on balsa production for financial returns to support their family and community. The PNG balsa industry is an industry in distress – environmentally, socially and economically. The development of a new interior application for the construction industry is a socially responsible and green interior design solution. The major benefits of an alternative balsa product compared to MDF and/or polymer foam products is the reduction in weight, superior thermal conductivity, noise reduction by absorption and ultimately to generate new demand for the resource to support and enhance the livelihoods of smallholders in PNG.

Australian Living STUDENTS WINNER: Balsa-lation by Nathan Kotlarewski,  Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

Balsa-lation is a wonderful and innovative product created by a student who is committed to making a difference in a community whilst considering the environment.

The product is a balsa wood acoustic interior lining solution that promotes material innovation, true sustainability and the socially responsible use of balsa for non-structural interior wall / ceiling linings. For a product to be labelled green consideration must be given to the impact it has on the environment, social culture and economics of an eco-system. Balsa is plantation grown in Papua New Guinea (PNG) by smallholders who rely on balsa production for financial returns to support their family and community. The PNG balsa industry is an industry in distress – environmentally, socially and economically. The development of a new interior application for the construction industry is a socially responsible and green interior design solution. The major benefits of an alternative balsa product compared to MDF and/or polymer foam products is the reduction in weight, superior thermal conductivity, noise reduction by absorption and ultimately to generate new demand for the resource to support and enhance the livelihoods of smallholders in PNG.

Australian Living STUDENTS COMMENDATION: Welsh Victorian Townhouse Retrofit by Carolyn Hayles, Wales Within keeping of the Welsh Victorian Townhouse, this is a best practice exemplar of a sustainable refurbishment project - the conservation and renovation of a late 19th century townhouse. By selecting environmentally sustainable and green materials it was possible to reduce the environmental impact of the project whilst limiting the building occupants’ exposure to toxic harmful chemicals, creating both a healthy and sustainable living environment. Tired furnishings were restored and decorated to tie in with new colour schemes e.g. chest of draws in guest bedroom and roll top bath in en-suite, whilst bedside tables were revitalised using marble in one instance and granite in another, to extend their lifespan.

Australian Living STUDENTS COMMENDATION: Welsh Victorian Townhouse Retrofit by Carolyn Hayles, Wales

Within keeping of the Welsh Victorian Townhouse, this is a best practice exemplar of a sustainable refurbishment project - the conservation and renovation of a late 19th century townhouse.

By selecting environmentally sustainable and green materials it was possible to reduce the environmental impact of the project whilst limiting the building occupants’ exposure to toxic harmful chemicals, creating both a healthy and sustainable living environment. Tired furnishings were restored and decorated to tie in with new colour schemes e.g. chest of draws in guest bedroom and roll top bath in en-suite, whilst bedside tables were revitalised using marble in one instance and granite in another, to extend their lifespan.

BMW Australia PRODUCT INNOVATION WINNER: Original Seed by Madeleine Dennis, Australia Original Seed is an environmentally responsible product that is intellectually stimulating. The ability to reduce food waste and use it to create something beautiful and non-toxic is amazing. This product is not only great for our environment but also for our well-being. Madeleine has designed a range of seasonally responsive Fruit Bowls that aim to teach people to eat with the seasons, buy locally and gain back a sense of control. The structural aspect of each bowl has been designed using origami and paper folding techniques to aid separation. Madeleine has developed a composite bio resin using only two ingredients - avocado seed and a clear casting epoxy bio resin. She undertook many experiments to arrive at this new material. The process involved dehydrating the avocado seed into a fine pigment. The seed had to be dry and fine enough to be mixed with the bio resin and not have it chemically react. This new material is made entirely from avocado seed and waste by-products. It is to be considered a green and sustainable product. Madeleine didn’t see avocado seeds as a waste product like the rest of society. She believed that if you change the view on waste you can see it as food and nourishment for new products. Madeleine is passionate about changing the mindset of consumers and their current thoughts about waste. “No longer should or can we consider it useless. We need to use the opportunities nature has provided us with.”

BMW Australia PRODUCT INNOVATION WINNER: Original Seed by Madeleine Dennis, Australia

Original Seed is an environmentally responsible product that is intellectually stimulating. The ability to reduce food waste and use it to create something beautiful and non-toxic is amazing. This product is not only great for our environment but also for our well-being.

Madeleine has designed a range of seasonally responsive Fruit Bowls that aim to teach people to eat with the seasons, buy locally and gain back a sense of control. The structural aspect of each bowl has been designed using origami and paper folding techniques to aid separation. Madeleine has developed a composite bio resin using only two ingredients - avocado seed and a clear casting epoxy bio resin. She undertook many experiments to arrive at this new material. The process involved dehydrating the avocado seed into a fine pigment. The seed had to be dry and fine enough to be mixed with the bio resin and not have it chemically react. This new material is made entirely from avocado seed and waste by-products. It is to be considered a green and sustainable product.

Madeleine didn’t see avocado seeds as a waste product like the rest of society. She believed that if you change the view on waste you can see it as food and nourishment for new products. Madeleine is passionate about changing the mindset of consumers and their current thoughts about waste. “No longer should or can we consider it useless. We need to use the opportunities nature has provided us with.”

BMW Australia PRODUCT INNOVATION COMMENDATION: Timber Acoustic Panel by Admonter, Australia / Austria Timber Acoustic Panel optimises the acoustic properties of a space whilst also providing new visual possibilities in interior design. The beautiful range of panels can be left raw or finished with natural oil applied to the surface. Installation options include a concealed, tool-free installation fastening system or a direct fastening method using clips, or secret nailed through the optional tongue which is inserted into the honeycomb groove. All the wood used in panel production – Spruce, Larch, Stone Pine and Oak, is sourced from their own sustainably managed forests in Austria which are PEFC Certified. The re-cycled wood used for two of the panel options is sourced from old Austrian farm houses and barns scattered throughout the Austrian country-side. Typically these structures are constructed from hard-wearing Larch which is then given a new lease of life in our Acoustic panels. These panels have excellent acoustic performance which has been scientifically backed by results of Sound Absorption tests which were carried out in the Laboratory of Building Physics at the Technical University of Graz, Austria.

BMW Australia PRODUCT INNOVATION COMMENDATION: Timber Acoustic Panel by Admonter, Australia / Austria

Timber Acoustic Panel optimises the acoustic properties of a space whilst also providing new visual possibilities in interior design. The beautiful range of panels can be left raw or finished with natural oil applied to the surface. Installation options include a concealed, tool-free installation fastening system or a direct fastening method using clips, or secret nailed through the optional tongue which is inserted into the honeycomb groove.

All the wood used in panel production – Spruce, Larch, Stone Pine and Oak, is sourced from their own sustainably managed forests in Austria which are PEFC Certified. The re-cycled wood used for two of the panel options is sourced from old Austrian farm houses and barns scattered throughout the Austrian country-side. Typically these structures are constructed from hard-wearing Larch which is then given a new lease of life in our Acoustic panels.
These panels have excellent acoustic performance which has been scientifically backed by results of Sound Absorption tests which were carried out in the Laboratory of Building Physics at the Technical University of Graz, Austria.

BMW Australia PRODUCT INNOVATION COMMENDATION: Vertical Furniture by Dylan Falecki, Falecki Furniture, Australia Vertical Furniture is a great example of a product which supports sustainability by reducing waste and living more modestly. The product can reduce the footprint of a home by allowing for multipurpose rooms. With a global trend towards smaller residential dwellings this product will be essential in leading the trend towards a greener future. The user can assemble pieces of furniture when needed and disassemble the same furniture then store the components on a flat wall mounted panel no more than 20mm thick when not needed. Vertical Furniture is 100% recyclable and has been designed to last a lifetime with the intention for it to never end up as landfill. All Falecki Furniture is proudly designed and made in Sydney, Australia using 100% Australian-made materials, with a holistic approach ensuring that the product is as green as possible.

BMW Australia PRODUCT INNOVATION COMMENDATION: Vertical Furniture by Dylan Falecki, Falecki Furniture, Australia

Vertical Furniture is a great example of a product which supports sustainability by reducing waste and living more modestly. The product can reduce the footprint of a home by allowing for multipurpose rooms. With a global trend towards smaller residential dwellings this product will be essential in leading the trend towards a greener future.

The user can assemble pieces of furniture when needed and disassemble the same furniture then store the components on a flat wall mounted panel no more than 20mm thick when not needed. Vertical Furniture is 100% recyclable and has been designed to last a lifetime with the intention for it to never end up as landfill. All Falecki Furniture is proudly designed and made in Sydney, Australia using 100% Australian-made materials, with a holistic approach ensuring that the product is as green as possible.