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DESIGNER No. 165, April 2011

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Honour State President 1990 - 1991 1991 - 1992 1992 - 1994 1994 - 1996 1996 - 1997 1997 - 1999 1999 - 2001 2001 - 2003 2003 - 2006 2006 - 2008 2008 -


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Chris Raymond Jim O’Leary Adrian Pooley Keith Ratcliffe Russell Meikle Russell Brandon Phillip Buchanan Peter Nelson Jeff Osman Max Slade Greg Pershouse

Life Member 1992 1992 1994 2000 2000 2008 2008 2009

Jim O’Leary John Hooker Adrian Pooley Jeff Osman Russell Brandon Glen Place Bert Priest Phillip Buchanan

Fellow 2009 2009

Stephen Kidd Chris Vandyke

Honorary Member 1999 1999 2003

Margaret Hooker Meryl Pooley Barb Priest

Editor Russell Brandon



Editorial Coordinator Kerrianne Sheppard Phone: 07 3889 9119



Advertising Enquiries Russell Brandon Phone: 07 3889 9119


Office Party

Cyclone Yasi puts Breezway louvres to the test

Feature Writer Mel Walsh Art & Design Jon Walsh


PO Box 651 STRATHPINE, QLD 4500 Phone: 07 3889 9119 Fax: 07 3205 1078 Email: Web Site:

BDAQ EXECUTIVE President Greg Pershouse Phone: 07 4151 8350 Email: Vice President Arthur Martin Phone: 07 4662 1403 Email: Secretary Colin Roe Phone: 07 3203 7045 Email:

HOPGOODGANIM The effects of the carbon scheme on the building industry

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DESIGN FEATURE Sustainable pavilions


BEDI & BDAQ Sustianability statement


DESIGN FEATURE Executive level

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Treasurer Ian Darnell Phone: 07 4661 3714 Email:


Northern Vice President Rod Butland Phone: 07 4051 9722 Email: Central Vice President Steve Claridge Phone: 07 5641 1966 Email:


Southern Vice President Peter Nelson Phone: 07 3808 8517 Email: Membership & Promotions Director Steve Gray Phone: 07 4124 0600 Email: Technical, Legislation & Planning Director Brad Owens Phone: 07 4772 4205 Email: Training and Education Director Glen Place Phone: 07 4942 1316 Email: Executive Director Russell Brandon Phone: 07 3889 9119 Email:

All information in this publication is provided in good faith but on the strict understanding that neither BDAQ nor the editor nor any other persons contributing to or involved in the publication shall incur any liability whatsoever or howsoever arising (including but not limited to liability for negligent misstatement) in respect of such information and all liability arising either directly or indirectly as a consequence of the use or reliance upon any advice, representations, statement, opinion or conclusion expressed in this publication is, to the extent permitted by law, expressly disclaimed. Copyright (c) 2011 Building Designers' Association Queensland Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved.


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of Queensland and ensuring that

forefront in discussions on what

the Queensland Government

local government planning deals

industry can do. A new committee

hosted Building Revival Forum is

only with appropriate land use

set up by the Building Services

fast approaching. This is a great

controls and local overlays.

Authority is working on the standard

initiative if it is more than just a talk-

Infrastructure funding should be

of documentation on the industry and this will be a key element.

fest and leads to positive action on

provided to reduce the burden of

the part of the government and

infrastructure charges on

industry to kick-start building and

developers and home buyers and

We are also calling on the industry to

construction in Queensland.

state government building related

undertake more research and

procurement policies should

development programs to find more

At the forum, BDAQ will be seeking

include preferences for Queensland

affordable construction methods and

action from all three tiers of

based businesses.


techniques. There is also a need to implement programs to manage

Local government must play its part

consumer expectation in regard to

From the Commonwealth

by implementing a red tape

housing requirements.

Government we want a review the

reduction program for the building

first home-owners scheme to

and construction industry and

Finally the financial sector needs to be

encourage new construction and

taking positive action to reduce

a part of the solution by making

more affordable construction. We

approval times, remove

housing finance more readily

will ask government to provide tax

impediments to development and

available and improving availability of

incentives for the new construction

develop planning policies that give

development and construction

and to provide further infrastructure

incentive for appropriate and

finance particularly for regional areas.

funding to reduce the burden of

sustainable development.

infrastructure charges on

It's a big wish list that BDAQ is

developers and home buyers.

Local Government should also remove all infrastructure charges

Forum but we all know that it has

BDAQ will ask the State Government

for residential developments and

been a tough time for the industry in

putting to the Building Revival

to implement a red tape reduction

cap non-residential

Queensland and drastic action needs

program for the building and

infrastructure charges at a level

to be taken to turn that around.

construction industry including

that makes Queensland

drastic reductions in approval times.

competitive with Victoria.

After all we know that doing the

develop a state wide planning

Of course the industry must also

a different result always leads to

scheme with codes applying to all

play its part and BDAQ is also at the

bitter disappointment.

We believe the government should

same thing over and over expecting

Russell Brandon

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OFFICE: Party! With a rapidly growing portfolio of work and staff increases, Chris Clout Design required a new, updated workspace.

The new office needed space to accommodate up to ten full time staff and an area in which to meet with clients. The desire was for the office to be a showcase of ideas, materials and products that would serve as a display for clients. The ultimate aim was to generate a relaxed but elegant workplace with a vibrant, youthful atmosphere. The resulting design is a unique combination of workplace and showroom.

The design includes three main areas - a general office area, a main office including meeting room, and an outdoor area. Entrance is through a hall that leads clients past well appointed bathroom and kitchen facilities and into the general office area. The workspaces in this area are separated by hardwood timber screens rather than walls, giving the entire area an open feel.

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Well chosen furnishings and fittings, exquisite lighting and magnificent display walls make this area elegant and inviting. From the general office area, there is a step down to a sitting room situated outside a main office and meeting room. A change of flooring from carpet to Blackbutt timber, together with the step down, accentuates the move from the general workspace to this second distinct area. The opening between the two is framed with Emperordor

marble slab clad columns. The meeting room and main office are separated from the sitting room by glass and timber doors. The meeting room is designed in the vein of a modern living room, complete with lounge suite and a flush inlaid TV screen. The client can feel relaxed and at home, gaining ideas while viewing examples of the design studio's finest work. The main office is separated from the general office area by glass louvres, ensuring that Chris and his

team can communicate easily and making sure the view of the inspiring outdoor area is enjoyed by the entire office. The main office and meeting room utilise an interior/exterior zinc clad wall, enhancing insulation and adding a stylised background for the featured LED lighting and TV screen. The outdoor area is a perfect example of Chris Clout's signature design philosophy - that the pool and garden are inseparable from the design of the building itself.

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The indoor area is connected to the outdoor area by floor to ceiling Viridian Super Blue grass sliding doors framed with New Guinea Rosewood. This area opens completely to the North East and clients and staff alike enjoy views of the deck, pool, spa and gardens. The stunning 5m x 5m pool provides proof that a pool does not have to be enormous. It is solar heated with a bull nose blue stone tile edge set to give a flush finish with the interior pool wall. This gives the illusion of a single stone edge from within the pool. The pool interior is a deep aqua coloured Quartzon pebblecrete and contains underwater LED lighting, programmed with over 400 available routines. Customised multi-coloured fibre optic lighting frames the steppers and edge of the pool for safety and ambience. Frameless glass recessed into the deck provides the safety of a “pool fence� while maintaining an unobstructed view of the pool. The glass is coated with Shield, a protective sealant that resists salt corrosion and reduces cleaning needs by 90%.The gas heated, elevated spa has two glass sides and a wet edge. It features a bamboo waterfall with gentle splashing water. The unique quality of the office is reflected in how well it functions as a showroom. The main office features custom cabinetry that doubles as a display of materials for kitchens and bathrooms. Two columns in the main work area are covered with Limestone in 50x50 squares as an example of a material that the client may wish to use for feature walls and waterfalls. The first ceiling area displays Fibro eaves with dark stained cover beads, while the lower ceiling utilizes ply paneling shaped in a grid of squares and rectangles with 10mm shadow lines flowing through to the eaves. The pool and outdoor area serve as a perfect example of how lighting, water features and landscaping can influence the interior ambience of

the client's residence. The walls feature the work of Chris Clout Design for the client's perusal. 100

This unique building is not merely an office that houses the business of Chris Clout Design but also an exhibition of the work of Chris and his team. Further, it is a showroom of design and material choices that inevitably makes the client's decision making process much less difficult.

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Cyclone Yasi put Breezway Altair Louvres to the Test ™

On 2nd February 2011, North Queensland experienced one of the largest and most horrific cyclones in Australian history. Cyclone Yasi crossed the coast as a category five cyclone with ferocious wind speeds of up to 290km/hour that left parts of Queensland in complete devastation. The hardest hit communities were Cardwell, Tully, Innisfail and Mission Beach where leaves were stripped of trees and the trees were knocked to the ground. Roofs were lifted off houses and extensive water damage was caused by the destructive wind gusts and a tidal surge along the coastline. The speed and force of the wind from Cyclone Yasi proved to be quite challenging for even the most cyclone-rated door and window products to hold up under these conditions. However, Breezway were approached by builders in the area commending Altair™ Louvre Window Systems for being among some of the most durable products that performed exceptionally well during this very destructive cyclone. In response to this, our local Breezway Representative has been out on the road to seek as much information as he can about the performance of Altair™ Louvres to assist with the future design and development of the Altair™ Louvre Window. Breezway Sales Representative Dean Cooper stated “It's hard to believe anything would be left standing after the ferocity of Cyclone Yasi but it's amazing to see and hear about how well Altair™ Louvre Window Systems have helped prevent severe wind and water damage to homes in these affected areas.”

Damien Ferguson

Breezway Altair™ Louvre Windows are made entirely from non-corrosive materials for strength and durability, and are designed to exceed the requirements of AS2047-1999 'Windows in Buildings'. This is to ensure they provide the best performance possible from a louvre window. Altair™ Louvre Windows not only offer great energy benefits but they also provide the tightest sealing in their class. With an air infiltration rating of 1.5 l/m2/sec (3 times better than the standard required for residential windows) Altair™ Louvres have been tested to withstand positive and negative wind pressures such as those experienced during Cyclone Yasi. After visiting the cyclone affected areas, Breezway collected the following testimonials from those who have Altair™ Louvres installed in their homes and who experienced the destruction of Cyclone Yasi first hand.

Mark Watson

“No leaks anywhere in the house where Breezway Altair™ Louvre Windows have been installed.” Damien Ferguson (Architect, Townsville). “We have used the Breezway louvre system in several of our new houses, and are very impressed with their performance during the Cat 5 Cyclone. If you're thinking of building or renovating, I would highly recommend Breezway Altair™ Louvres on your next project.” Mark Watson (Builder, Mark Watson Constructions Pty Ltd, Mission Beach) “The water was hitting the windows horizontally (like a sheet of water up against the blades) and the louvres held up great. I am very impressed.” David Skinner (Mechanic and ownerbuilder, Townsville). “Although Cyclone Yasi destroyed parts of my house, it was a good test for the louvres. They should have leaked by rights but in this case worked really well.” John Arrowsmith (homeowner, Mission Beach).

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How is Breezway supporting the cyclone affected area? John Arrowsmith

Breezway is providing support to anyone who has had their windows in their home directly affected by Cyclone Yasi. If you would like more information regarding the help available, please contact Breezway on 1800 777 758 or email

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How the new price on carbon will affect the building and construction industry By Andre Dauwalder, Solicitor, HopgoodGanim Lawyers The Government's delayed and much maligned emissions trading scheme is firmly back on the agenda after a joint announcement with the Australian Greens on 24 February 2011. In what is billed an "essential economic reform", the Government has proposed a two-stage mechanism that will impose an initial fixed price on carbon from 1 July 2012, before transitioning towards an emissions trading scheme within three to five years. The proposal will particularly impact large emitters of greenhouse gases, such as mining, petroleum, energy and transportation companies. It is also likely to have flow-on effects throughout the entire economy. The proposal is the culmination of four meetings held by the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee since September 2010, comprising members of the Government, the Greens, and independents Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott. The Committee released a high-level proposal for public comment in February, which included a set of principles to guide development of a carbon price mechanism. The key aspects of the proposal are as follows: l A fixed price on carbon will come into

effect as early as 1 July 2012 and last for three to five years. l At the end of the fixed price period, the scheme will revert to a flexible price emissions trading scheme. l The Government will consider the international environment before moving towards an emissions trading scheme, and may delay the transition based on the state of the international carbon market, our progress in meeting international emissions targets, and potential impacts on the Australian economy. l The mechanism will cover the following six greenhouse gases identified under the Kyoto Protocol: o carbon dioxide; o methane; o nitrous oxide; o hydrofluorocarbons; o perfluorocarbons; and o sulphur hexafluoride.

l Emissions from the following sources may be covered: o the stationary energy sector; o the transport sector; o the industrial processes sector; o fugitive emissions (other than from decommissioned coal mines); and o emissions from no-legacy waste. l Agricultural emissions will be excluded. l Emitters may use international emissions units to help them comply with targets, but only once a flexible carbon price has been introduced. Although the building and construction industry will not be directly liable for emissions, it will nevertheless be affected due to the carbonintensive nature of its supply chains. As many common construction materials come from raw materials, which are mined or extracted by large greenhouse gas emitters who will be subject to the new tax, builders may find themselves facing higher costs for these materials. The extent to which the construction industry will be affected may depend on several factors, including the actual carbon price adopted (and how that evolves during the operation of the market-based emissions trading scheme), the ability of large emitters to pass costs down the supply chain, and any concessions granted to emitters supplying the construction industry. The best way for both building designers and builders to lessen the impact of the price on carbon will be to focus on sustainable procurement and aim to use less carbon-intensive (and more environmentally-friendly) building materials. For more information on the Government's proposal or sustainable procurement strategies, please contact HopgoodGanim on 07 3024 0000. 100



The contents of this paper are not intended to be a complete statement of the law on any subject and should not be used as a substitute for legal advice in specific fact situations. HopgoodGanim cannot accept any liability or responsibility for loss occurring as a result of anyone acting or refraining from acting in reliance on any material contained in this paper.




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2011 ENDORSED SUSTAINABLE BUILDING DESIGNER PROGRAM *Preparing and Empowering Built Environment Professionals for a Sustainable Future * Building Green - Preparing and Empowering Future Built Environment Professionals for Market Readiness is the ecospecifier Tertiary Curriculum Program developed by Ecospecifier


DAY 1 Environmentally Sustainable Design Compliance and Solutions

Times: 9.00am to 5.30pm each day SOUTH QUEENSLAND Metro Hotel Ipswich International 43 South Street, Ipswich

Fri May 6 Sat May 7 Fri May 13 Sat May 14

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Fri May 27 Sat May 28 Fri Jun 3 Sat Jun 4

DAY 2 Building Rating, Materials, Issues and Solutions DAY 3 Green Building and Materials Procurement DAY 4 Life Cycle Assessment in Practice Successful completion of this course constitutes the training requirement for certification as an Endorsed Sustainable Building Designer. An Endorsed Sustainable Building Designer will receive promotion through BEDI Ltd programs and can use the ESBD logo shown on left.

Program supported by:

COST Course fees include the full four days training with materials, lunch and tea breaks. This course attracts a Construction Skills Queensland subsidy for a limited number of participants. To qualify for the subsidised rate you MUST REGISTER AND PAY BEFORE 25 MARCH 2011. FULL FEE: $750.00 SUBSIDISED FEE: $500.00 STUDENT FEE: $440.00 SUBSIDISED STUDENT FEE: $0.00 all these fees include GST. if registering before 25 March 2011 please pay the subsidised fee to qualify for the student fee participants must currently be enrolled in a building design related tertiary course

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Sustainable Pavilions Brett Grimley and Ecolibrium Design were presented with a reasonably open brief for the design of this beautiful home which is situated within the Currumbin Eco Village. 100






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They were asked to design a sustainable house that would take full advantage of the environmental conditions of the site. The home was to reflect the traditional Queenslander style but also have a Japanese influence. The design, for a couple looking for somewhere to spend their retirement years, needed to include two bedrooms and a home office in an open plan style. The covenant for the village ensures that the structure has minimal impact on the site and the planet. The design is required to employ maximum efficiency in energy and water use, a net gain power and water generation, a social connection to surrounding community, a minimum of 40% recycled materials and wheelchair accessibility. The design brief also included the possibility of a pavilion or pod style layout and this was used in the design. The dwelling contains two separate pavilions occupying three levels, with a central landscaped walkway.

The upper level houses the main living area, bedroom and bathroom in one pavilion. A living room, dining room and kitchen constitute the living area in an open plan design. A cantilevered deck outside the dining room and kitchen provides 180ยบ views to the north. To the south, the living room looks out over a cool, flat, outdoor garden terrace and breezeway. The bedroom receives the morning sun and has its own private deck. Car accommodation, a laundry and home office occupy the upper level of the second pavilion. Car accommodation includes one lock up garage as the owners needed to house only one vehicle. A carport is available for use by visitors but can also double as a deck. The laundry and a storage cupboard are incorporated into the garage. A drying court can be found adjacent to the laundry. Completing this level is a home office. This room can be transformed to be used as a third bedroom, guest accommodation or a media/library room as needed. Recycled timber stairs descend to the lower level of the second

pavilion where a bathroom and second bedroom can be found. The water tank at this level impinges on the bathroom making it look as if the tank forms part of the bathroom wall.This is cleverly accentuated by the use of a fake water tank skin on the inside of the bathroom wall. On this level, access can be gained to storage space and the lower half of the property. The design brief called for a combination of Queenslander and Japanese styles. The red header tank and two side tanks, which feature prominently, are reminiscent of a rural Queenslander. The influence of Japanese architecture is apparent though the use of pergolas and small stepped roofs over the stairs.

Efficiency of space was also a high priority for the clients. This has been achieved by minimising corridor space and by designing all the living spaces to allow for flexibility of furniture layouts. The sliding doors of the dining room can be pulled back to open the corner of the house to create an indoor/outdoor feel, adding a feeling of space.








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Brett Grimley Ecolibrium Designs 07 5442 8155

The many aspects of the covenant, as well as the client's desire for a sustainable home, have been accommodated more than adequately. All roof water is collected and used to service the entire house with all tanks fully integrated. An EcoVision Integrated Monitoring Control System monitors the use of gas, water, electricity and water and power generation within the

dwelling. The home is linked back to the central hub of EcoVillage for monitoring of the entire estate. Air conditioning is not needed due to the good passive design principles used. Ceiling fans installed in all habitable rooms are all that is required in hot conditions.

doors and each fireplace is ethanol burning. Brett and his team made extensive use of computer generated modelling to design sun shading to the windows.




This inspired design is practical, sustainable, unique and beautiful, adding to the environment in which it is built.


Energy efficient lighting is used throughout the home. Low E glass is used in all new windows and sliding



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OUR POLICY Built Environment Design Institute Ltd. and Building Designers Association of Queensland Inc. are committed to maintaining sustainable practices within their operation, to promoting sustainable practices in the design of built environments and to equipping practitioners to advance the design of sustainable built environments in Queensland and throughout Australia. This policy will shape the operation of the partnership as well as BDAQ and BEDI. All executive,staff,volunteers and members will be made aware of the policy and will be guided in their activities by to contents of the policy.

POLICY ELEMENTS OPERATIONAL The BDAQ/BEDI office will use sustainable practices in regard to recycling and waste minimisation, lighting and appliances, air-conditioning practices and water use. Teleconferencing will be used where practical in preference to face to face meetings to reduce the environmental impact of travel. Meeting and event dates will be planned to ensure that representatives attending more than one activity are travelling once for multiple meetings and/or events. Procurement policies will give consideration to sustainable principles including life cycle impacts, transport, packaging issues, recycling and efficient resource use.

TRAINING & EDUCATION The partnership will develop and deliver training and education materials which advance the policy of promoting sustainable practices in the design of built environments and to equipping practitioners to advance to uptake of sustainable building design. The partnership will work towards the inclusion of quality training on sustainable building design in the teaching of future practitioners. The partnership will include topics on sustainable building design office practices in professional development programs.

ACTIVITIES& EVENTS Consideration will be given to sustainable credentials in the selection of venues for activities and events. Consideration will be given to sustainability in selection of catering menus, use of materials and equipment.


On-line or email registration and EFT payments will be encouraged for all events and activities managed by the partnership.


Sustainable building design and sustainable work practices will be promoted at all activities and events.





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Jeet Residence

originated when investor clients approached DesignBuild Homes requiring the design of a high end home that would be made available as accommodation for visiting executives. The client came armed with an existing set of plans which were drawn up for construction costing. These plans had proved to be way over budget and with some prompting from DesignBuild, the clients agreed that the original design be discarded to allow them to begin again from scratch. The project outline was for a four bedroom house which was to include an office, study and media layout as well as standard living areas. Because of the purpose of the dwelling, a high end finish with an extraordinary level of attention to detail, all while keeping to the client's budget, was a must.

DesignBuild faced many issues when designing Jeet Residence. The property was to be built on a small lot with a tremendous fall. The neighbours to the north of the property are one metre higher while the southern neighbour is four metres lower. This slope and a difficult soil classification meant that a suspended floor on stumps made the best and most cost effective solution. The garage remains the only area on a slab. Lite Steel Beam floor joists and bearers were used for the ground floor because of their weatherproofing capabilities and termite solution. With the block being only 10 metres wide, a lot of thought was given to creating a modern faรงade while maintaining the requirements of the small lot code. Open plan living was deemed to be the best approach to the small lot. The end result was a strikingly modern faรงade with a multi level roof structure and a double height ceiling to the portico. The living and entertainment areas positioned to the southeast corner of the block while the utility components, including garage are located to the northwest. Upon entering the residence through the pivot entry doors, the semi cantilevered stairs feature predominantly. The void in the ceiling gives the foyer a sense of volume that belies this small lot home. An opulent


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chef's kitchen leads into the open plan living areas. A drop ceiling feature over the kitchen adds flair to a plain ceiling and creates lighting accents. The living and dining areas extend out to the rear deck through expansive double corner sliding doors with one disappearing corner. The back deck gives access to the feature pool and sun deck area.

The upper storey of the residence contains the four bedrooms, a home theatre room and an open study. Well appointed finishes and fixtures, give the master bedroom ensuite an exclusive feel. A free standing spa surrounded by glass walls with views of the pool entertainment area and surrounding bushland completes a room that is elegant in nature and characteristic of the entire residence.

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In creating a home that elevates the market value of the neighbourhood, DesignBuild homes have produced an up market home that has exceeded the expectations of the client while maintaining budget concerns.

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2011 BDAQ /BEDI State Conference Sustainable Building Design - A New Paradigm Friday 19 August to Sunday 21 August 2011 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre Merivale Street, South Brisbane

Friday 19 August off site at the Victoria Park Golf Complex 8.00am

Technical Breakfast


BDAQ Golf Day


Welcome Event

Saturday 20 August Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre 9.00am

Conference Sessions


Study Tour


Queensland Building Design

Join us for breakfast overlooking the tranquil golf course and spectacular city views. A technical speaker will provide interesting information and product suppliers will be on hand for some great networking. Stay on for a fun day on the golf course and/or return in the evening for a cocktail welcome event like no other.

Sunday 21 August 9.00am

Conference Sessions




BDAQ Member Forum

Awards Presentation


Neil Thompson

David is director of ecospecifier and an internationally acclaimed expert on all things sustainable in the built environment. He is in high demand as a speaker in Australia and overseas.

Neil is a postgraduate researcher in the Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering at Queensland University of Technology. His presentation will revolve around sustainable building design that ticks all the boxes but doesn’t cost more to construct.

HopgoodGanim Lawyers Rachael Bermingham

These HopgoodGanim team members are lawyers who are also accredited green rating professionals in Green Star accreditation and EnviroDevelopment.

Rachael is Queensland’s favourite author, speaker and mentor.

They will outline the green rating tools available and what needs to be taken into account when you're designing a building with the intention of getting it rated as a green, environmentally-friendly building.

It has been a tough time for building designers so we asked Rachael to speak on Strategies for Success. Rachael is well known for finding success in business during the tough times.

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This beautiful canal home was originally designed by Osman Designpac in 1983. When new owners wished to re-design the residence and add a second storey, the firm was up to the challenge. The clients wished to create space, a sense of volume and to maximise views to the canal.They also wanted to retain as much of the existing structure as possible.

The result is a rear two storey high glass wall overlooking the pool and canal which maximises the views. Volume is created by voids, both at the entry of the home and to the rear. On the lower level, the kitchen was relocated to allow for a large open living space leading out to the pool and outdoor entertaining area. The lower level also includes a formal


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dining room and wine cellar. Visitors can feel at home in a large guest room which includes a gym, sauna and ensuite. Two sets of stairs lead to the new upper level.The front staircase leads to the media room, while the back staircase leads to an open living space and bar which opens to a covered outdoor balcony positioned to make the most of the canal views.Three bedrooms, each with their own bathroom and study, complete the upper area. The fact that the clients were living in California during the design process was one of the challenges facing Osman Designpac. Means of communication via the internet included live time walkthroughs while conversing with the clients by phone.

In spite of this difficulty, the design was completed, with the end result delighting the clients who now reside in the home.


Jeff Osman Osman Designpac 07 3841 3200

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Dr. Michael Braungart said; “The business community does not have enough respect for designers. They are currently at the bottom of the management food chain. Marketing tells them what to do. That doesn't make any sense. Designers hold a key to the future, but designers need to understand their role differently and learn to have more self-esteem, ambition and responsibility.” There are a myriad of resources available to help designers better understand how to be innovative in seeking to design buildings which reduce their own impact on the environment. I was recently alerted to this blog;

and checked out this article where Dr Braungart discusses “Material Shortages and Designing a New Material World”. Dr. Michael Braungart is a chemist and co-founder of Cradle to Cradle® Design and MBDC McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry in Charlottesville, Virginia. His research in materials sciences has pioneered

According to Dr Braungart, “designers must learn to expand their interests and responsibility beyond just aesthetics. I see it slowly happening. For example, in Japan, the designer truly understands the link between total quality and total beauty. It's not beautiful if it is connected to child labour. It's not beautiful if it poisons the oceans. It's not beautiful if it perpetuates conflicts over precious resources. It's not about only the right materials. There is also a social component. Clearly, there is an opportunity for designers to become pivotal players in the industrial transformation, adding immense strategic value.” While he is not talking specifically about building designers, I think there certainly is a lesson for us all here. You can check out the entire article and more at the blog address above. There are some great insights into materials and how we, as designers, can accept our social and environmental responsibilities by considering the source, use and disposal of materials.

Russell Brandon

Image courtesy: Tracey Saxby, IAN Image Library (

a new paradigm that focuses on redesigning ecoeffective products and systems to support a positive ecological footprint in the next industrial revolution.

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BDAQ EVENTS CALENDAR 2011 ENDORSED SUSTAINABLE BUILDING DESIGNER PROGRAM South Queensland Metro Hotel Ipswich International May 06 - 07, 13-14 2011 North Queensland Rydges Tradewinds Cairns May 27 - 28, June 03- 04 2011



October 10 - 14 2011

Week 2

October 17 - 21 2011

BRANCH MEETINGS Branches occasionally change meeting details. Please contact the branch if you are attending for the first time or haven’t attended for a while. Far North Queensland: 5.30pm first Monday each month Contact: Rod Butland, Ph 07 4051 9722 Townsville: 12.00 noon first Tuesday each month Contact: Barry Switzer, Ph 07 4728 2339 Mackay: 6.00pm first Wednesday each month Contact: Naomi Otto, Ph 07 4954 8452 Central Queensland: 5.30pm second Wednesday, of these months: February, April, June. Agust and October Contact Carolyn Ramsay, Ph 4978 3171

Sunshine Coast: second Wednesday each month Contact: Ian Gorton, Ph 07 5447 5394 Brisbane North: 6.00pm third Monday each month Contact: Peter Latemore, Ph 07 3356 9051 Brisbane South: 6.30pm third Tuesday each month Contact: John Stones, Ph 0449 132 821 Ipswich: 5.30pm fourth Monday each month Contact: John Musters, Ph 07 3282 7004 South West: 6.30pm fourth Tuesday each month Contact: Bob Steger, Ph 07 4638 4766 Gold Coast: 6.30pm last Wednesday each moth Contact Stuart Osman, Ph 5520 3022

Wide Bay: 2.30pm second Wednesday every third month Contact: Mark Alderton, Ph 07 4157 7897 Are you up to date? ‘Find a building designer’ is often the first way that potential clients will look for a building designer. Remember to notify admin of changes to your contact details.

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Issue 165 Featuring BDAQ design award entrants and winners from 2011.