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Welcome Message

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Winners

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Finalists

Winning Homes ACT Master Builders Excellence in Building Awards is published by the Master Builders Association of the ACT. Senior Manager Marketing and Membership Services David Leitch Events Co-Ordinator Hayley Symons

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Graphic Design / Marketing Co-Ordinator Richard Boyce Hub Communications

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Green Living

Green Living brings together design, technology and lifestyle. You can have a home that is a joy to live in - all year round. This section offers advice on how to best utilise new technologies as well as natural conditions to create a low energy, sustainable home.

Sales & Marketing Chris O’Brien Office Manager Juanita Lee Head of Graphic Design Jacquii Macleay

All correspondence to: PO Box 1211 Fyshwick ACT 2609 Telephone: 02 6280 9119 Email: dleitch@mba.org.au www.mba.org.au

© This publication is copyright. No part of it may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means including electronic, mechanical photocopy, recording or otherwise without the permission of the Master Builders Association of the ACT. Disclaimer: readers are advised that the Master Builders Association of the ACT cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of statements made in advertising and editorial, nor the quality of the goods or services advertised. Opinions expressed throughout the publication are the contributors own and do not necessarily reflect the views or policy of the Master Builders Association of the ACT.

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The release of Hilltops marks an important new stage in the evolution of Crace. These prestige blocks benefit from their central position, the opportunity to make the most of sweeping views, and proximity to the largest expanse of open space in the suburb. Many blocks face the Hilltop Reserve, putting nature at your front door. If you’re looking for inspiration to build the home of your dreams, look no further. To find out more, contact the Crace Sales and Information Office, 9 Abena Avenue, open 11am

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Master Builders Association of the ACT would like to thank the following valued sponsors and supporters of the 2011 Master Builders & Boral Excellence in Building Awards - Celebrating excellence in the building and construction industry

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‘Winning Homes’ 2011 symbolises the skill, professionalism and dedication of those in the building and construction industry throughout the ACT and the surrounding region. This publication features the exemplary work of finalists and winners from the year’s showcase event for the building and construction industry, the 2011 Master Builders and Boral Excellence in Building Awards. Highly experienced current and former industry practitioners dedicate many hours of their valuable time to visit and judge all award entries, examining projects in detail against stringent judging criteria. Their focus is on innovation, use of materials, sustainability and above all, levels of excellence that set the benchmark for others to aspire to and achieve. A common theme in so many of these projects is the embedding of the sustainability driven and highly innovative products of Boral, an icon of Australian business with a rich history in product development built on innovation and environmental considerations. Boral has continued its major partnership with the Master Builders Association of the ACT in delivering these awards and we are proud of that relationship given the excellence for which Boral is renown.

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In presenting this publication we also acknowledge the wonderful support of our many other sponsors and supporters in presenting the awards and the finalists and winners featured throughout these pages. Communications technology has developed at an incredible pace over recent years and this has been a strong driver in demand for increases in innovation, commitment to the environment and quality in all forms. The building and construction industry is being increasingly scrutinised and measured on performance in such a connected world and the awards are a reminder that the industry is always ready to face any challenges to its commitment to deliver first-class projects for its clients.

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The projects inside this publication can only come about with a highly skilled workforce. That is why the Master Builders Association of the ACT, through our training organisation, Master Builders Group Training continues to commit so much to the education and training of our industry. In an era of strong competition we are working closely with industry to bring more young people into building and construction and provide them with career opportunities not previously imagined. We are also tackling problem areas where quality is at risk to strengthen training for industry. In the end, our mission is to give consumers and clients the confidence that what is presented in this publication is repeated over and over again – excellence in building. I am again delighted in joining our major partners Boral to congratulate all the winners and finalists of this year’s awards and wish them further success. Please enjoy this year’s ‘Winning Homes’.

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house of the year

The judges initial comments on this property both sum it up succinctly and yet offer very little information: “You have to see it to believe it�.

This full brick home has great street appeal with the neat and tidy landscaping blending well with its sandstone coloured stucco blend exterior. Dark wood features add a sense of depth and give the home a solid and contemporary feel. All windows, doors, skirting boards and architraves have been created from the same single-source of dark wood, creating a consistency which helps to bond each room together in such an exceptionally large home.

And so we did. The property in Reid brings to mind that most famous marvel of design and construction, the extraordinary Titanic. At first glance it is an impressive but unassuming structure; however it’s not until you get up close that the sheer enormity and complexity of the project truly becomes apparent.

Upon entry, guests are greeted by a gaping circular atrium boasting hand-cut parquetry flooring of the most complex nature. This incredibly intricate design was not achieved with sheet flooring, but rather each individual piece of timber was individually cut and fitted to create this design, the first of many masterpieces on show in this home.

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balustrades of the owner’s own design offer another visual treat and add to the uniqueness of the home. Opposite the entrance and across the breath-taking atrium space are large, curved windows facing the garden that make great use of the natural light on offer. These windows immediately highlight one of the unique features of this property – a great deal of it is below ground level.

“An extraordinary example of quality workmanship”

The ground floor area of the basement level actually exceeds that of the ground floor itself. The basement level also contains a 150,000 litre water tank and associated services, such as the pump and filtration system, which were installed first and then excavated around during the construction process. But for most, the true crowning glory of the basement level would have to be the cinema. This is no run-of-the-mill home theatre system, but rather a fully fledged mini-cinema featuring tiered seating, a huge wide-screen, curved projector screen and a segregated lounge area for post-movie socialising. act winning homes 2011

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The features of this property are truly too numerous to mention, but include distinctive elements such as stained glass windows (each room seemingly with its own pattern and design), a four hour fireproof storage room underground, CBUS control system, heat-treated curved timber work, and intricate mosaic tiling to all bathroom areas which were again singularly cut and dressed to create a stunning finished product. Once more the judges were asked to review and share their opinions of the property. When pushed for a comment or a quote we could make use of they simply summarised: “It’s an extraordinary example of quality workmanship”.

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EMERGING RESIDENTIAL BUILDER OF THE YEAR

Phil Pankhurst Company Bora Building Group

The judges were impressed by the degree of difficulty which Phil is willing and capable of dealing with given his time operating within the industry. Whilst relatively new to the building and construction scene, Phil displays an impressive level of understanding and great dedication and enthusiasm for his work. The judges conveyed their excitement to see what further progress Phil will make during his promising future within the industry.

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YOUTH PARTICIPATION AWARD

Brett Lentfer Company BA Lentfer

Brett Lentfer has made an extraordinary contribution to the training of apprentices in the ACT, and particularly to apprentices engaged by Master Builders Group Training. He has shown an absolute commitment to ensuring that the next generation of builders are well trained. He is also prepared to take on apprentices that are having difficulty fitting in with other employers. Brett’s successful approach is really quite simple: Have a good blend of youth, enthusiasm and experience.You need a team approach where everybody is truly a part of the team and takes ownership of their role, whether it’s a 1st year apprentice, the site manager or the owner of the business. Brett Lentfer has a passion for training and a passion people.

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CUSTOM BUILT HOME MORE THAN $1 MILLION

Chase Building Group Architect Architects Ring & Associates Designer Archertec Interiors Suburb Forrest

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This is a truly outstanding home which has been expertly designed and well-executed to an exceptional result. The design makes the greatest possible use of the home’s location and orientation, and exhibits a high level of functionality whilst also achieving a feel of pure luxury throughout. The home has an opulent and lavish feel throughout, however also manages to keep practicality at the forefront, being lowmaintenance and highly functional in design. Externally, the walls have been achieved using colour through the render meaning the property does not require repainting. A 65,000 litre water tank services both house and garden, and the block work ‘chimneys’ provide an external feature as well as being utilised for internal storage space. A diverse range of materials has been employed creatively and to great effect, such as Onyx stone work to the kitchen, glass flooring and wood lookalike tiling in the main bedroom ensuite and hardwood tongue and groove ‘soft feel’ flooring to upstairs areas which also assists with the noise reduction to the downstairs area.

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The effective use of curved walls and limited doors add to the open-plan design and enhance the spacious feel of this beautiful home. The main living area leads onto the outside patio, divided only by a double-sided combustion fireplace, in a seamless transition which allows for real indoor/outdoor living. This is an exceptional project which has been well thoughout and executed with meticulous care, making the home a masterpiece within its own right and a triumph for all involved.

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Forrest Residence

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A r c h i t e c t s R i n g a n d A s s o c i a t e s w i s h t o c o n g r a t u l a t e a l l 2 0 11 M B A a w a r d w i n n e r s . We w o u l d l i k e t o t h a n k a l l c l i e n t s i n v o l v e d o v e r t h e p a s t y e a r. A s p e c i a l t h a n k y o u t o t h e f o l l o w i n g p a r t n e r s i n v o l v e d : Blackett Homes, Department of Disability Housing and Community Services, Chase Building Group, Archertec Interiors, Quality Constructions and photographers Adam McGrath and Jeremy Rozdarz. 2 / 5 9 We n t w o r t h Av e n u e K i n g s t o n A C T 2 6 0 4 PO Box 3299 Manuka ACT 2603 Phone: 02 6239 7177 Fax: 02 6239 7100 Email: araa@araa.com.au

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CUSTOM BUILT HOME $600,000 - $1,000,000

Drewaire Constructions Suburb Hackett

The judges described this project as a ‘truly custom-built home’ due to the precise and distinctive specifications given by the client. Featuring a good blend of harmonizing materials such as corrugated iron and Australian hardwood, the home has an almost country Australiana feel whilst maintaining a modern edge. The home is designed for the climate with energy efficiency an obvious priority. Drewaire Constructions have exhibited meticulous workmanship and attention to detail in creating this beautiful and innovative home.

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CUSTOM BUILT HOME $300,000 - $600,000

Classic Constructions (Aust) Suburb Forde

This is an exceptionally well constructed home with great street appeal and numerous outstanding features, including curved colorbond roofing, top quality solid timber flooring and raked ceiling to family areas. The well-orientated aspect makes great use of natural light and adds to the spacious atmosphere internally. This unique property was built to very specific requirements with the result being a luxurious home representing good value for money.

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CUSTOM BUILT HOME LESS THAN $300,000

Solitaire Homes Suburb Franklin

Solitaire Homes have employed a good use of the land available in completing this neat and tidy custom built home. This is an exceptionally well planned and executed project located on a compact block of land; however an airy and spacious feel has been achieved through great use of space and clever orientation. Well-located windows add to the light and roomy atmosphere. Overall, this project represents high end quality for an affordable price.

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CHIEF MINISTERS’ AFFORDABLE HOUSING AWARD

RAM Constructions Project Linear @ Bonner

RAM Constructions have joined with TT Architecture to create a superbly designed affordable home that comprises a three bedroom property with ensuite and bathroom. The kitchen adjoins an internal courtyard that brings a sense of space, light and nature into the home. The inclusions are first class and the colour palette is modern and refreshing. The bedrooms are large with built-in robes that feature drawer and shelf space. The double carport at the rear adjoins a large paved outdoor area and raised garden spaces. The home is highly energy efficient and is rated at 6 stars. This property breaks new design and built quality benchmarks for affordable yet highly liveable space in Canberra.

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SUCCESSFUL PROJECTS DON’T JUST HAPPEN... It takes careful planning, quality resources and diligent implementation At RAM Constructions we deliver quality outcomes by taking the time to understand our client’s requirements and by applying our systems and experience from project inception to completion.

Our delivery systems and methodology has been recognised by the ACT Government by the fact that RAM is Prequalified in the fields of Project Management, Civil Contractor, Building Contractor (Residential and NonResidential) and Landscaping Contractor. This prequalification comes as a result of demonstrated performances in these fields of work and more importantly the Company exhibits the ability to continually deliver successful projects. We are preferred Contractors on several panels and have successfully delivered projects for Disability Housing and Community Services, Defence and the Land Development Agency. We believe that our core knowledge in project delivery, coupled with the abilities of our key personnel, subcontractors and suppliers allow us to deliver any construction project. If you are planning an important project, think RAM Constructions.

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display home more than $300,000

Rawson Homes Suburb Casey

This home has an immediate WOW factor which begins with its striking street appeal and continues throughout the entire home. The property combines simple pleasures with real luxury living, using designer elements and innovative ideas to create a standout end result. This unique and modern family home seamlessly combines indoor and outdoor living spaces, allowing one to live outside as much as inside with exceptional ease and comfort.

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display home LESS than $300,000

Blackett Homes (Australia) Suburb Casey

The innovative new plan of this beautiful home promotes indoor outdoor living and entertaining, making extremely clever use of the space. Blackett Homes have employed great planning and expert workmanship in the construction of this project with the final result being a beautiful, spacious display home of the highest quality.

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Optimum results through sound planning & management

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APARTMENTS AND UNITS

Hindmarsh Construction Australia Project Vantage Apartments

The competition within the Apartments & Units category was very tight with some exceptional works of construction on display. Hindmarsh Construction Australia should therefore be particularly proud to have stood out amongst these extremely high quality projects. Hindmarsh has demonstrated great expertise and a dedication to achieving excellence in the planning and construction of this outstanding apartment building. The standard of workmanship and finish throughout is exceptional, and the judges were impressed by the high quality of the property both internally and in terms of its prominent street appeal.

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Whether you are building a new house, renovating an existing house, adding a pergola or that extra room, make sure you use someone you can trust. Ask the Question: is My Builder a Master Builder? All members of the Master Builders Association of the ACT go through a thorough application process and are obliged to meet the National Code of Practice.

Does your builder have Home Warranty Insurance? The Master Builders Fidelity Fund issues Fidelity Certificates which provide consumer protection for owners of new homes and those making significant changes to homes. The Certificates protect the owner during construction and for six years from the date of practical completion in accordance with the requirements of Building Act 2004.

Master Builders Support of Consumers The Master Builders provides contracts to ensure that dealings between builders and their customers are clearly set out and both parties know what to expect. Before signing a Master Builders contract or accepting a quote from a Member of the Master Builders you can contact our association for clarification on any questions you may have. It’s a matter of knowing who you can trust.

Contractual or Technical Disputes If you have a problem with one of our members, with regard to a contractual or technical issue, we offer a dispute resolution service. Should mediation prove unsuccessful, we can appoint an independent arbitrator to your case. Master Builders Association of the ACT 1 Iron Knob St, Fyshwick ACT 2609 PO Box 1211, Fyshwick ACT 2609 Tel: (02) 6280 9119 Fax: (02) 6249 8374 Email: canberra@mba.org.au Web: www.mba.org.au

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RAM Constructions Suburb Franklin

This well planned and executed project challenges the first home buyers market in both quality and value for money. Each residence is slightly different, giving it a sense of identity independent to its neighbours whilst maintaining a unified landscape overall. RAM Constructions have used the land efficiently to create this contemporary home with striking street appeal and a high level of functionality.

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townhouses & villas

RAM Constructions Suburb Franklin

RAM Constructions have achieved a fantastic outcome with this exceptional project. Its modern and practical design offers contemporary living throughout, and the efficient use of space has resulted in an open and airy home at an affordable price.

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Shaw Living Suburb Bonner

Shaw Living has made truly excellent use of the space available in creating this deceptively large home. Offering great value for money, this tidy home offers first home buyers the opportunity to live comfortably at an affordable price with maximum amenity on a compact block. Incorporating private backyard areas and neat courtyard walls, the design creates a great sense of privacy whilst maintaining an open and spacious feel.

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Level 1, 54-56 Colbee Court, Phillip ACT Phone: 02 6248 9995 Fax: 02 6248 9770 Builder’s Licence Number: 200413781 Email: valdis@geshaw.com.au www.shawliving.com.au Shaw Living is a residential multi-award winner, being the recipient of 2 MBA awards in 2010.

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There’s a lot to know about the building & construction industry. The Master Builder Association of the ACT can be your resource for the latest, most complete news and information.

keeping you informed

Stay informed with the latest regulatory changes and industry issues.

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From our Awards publications to our subscription member content, Master Builders ACT gives you all the resources you need. View or search our publications at www.mba.org.au. The Master Builders Association of the ACT is the publisher of numerous industry related magazines including the Canberra & Region Building News, Winning Homes, Winning Projects and our members’ newsletter On-site Insight. These publications are not only a brilliant source of ideas and inspiration but are a valuable catalogue of construction industry professionals, suppliers and subcontractors who can help future projects and investments achieve similar standards of excellence. Subscription to our publications is a benefit of membership of Master Builders ACT.

Canberra Building News The Canberra Building News is the Master Builders Association of the ACT’s official industry publication. Three editions are published per year with release dates in March, July and November. The magazine is a proud illustration of the high level of skill and professionalism of those in the building and construction industry throughout the ACT and the surrounding region. The Canberra Building News is targeted at the building and construction industry and directly is mailed to all Master Builder members, we have also carefully selected 20 retail locations around Canberra to add to the building readership. 38

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THe AwARd PuBlICATIONS The Master Builders Association of the ACT publishes two high quality magazines containing finalists and winners from the Excellence in Building Awards.

winning Homes Winning Homes features the Housing, Bathroom, Kitchen, Interior Finishes and Landscaping categories. In 2011 Winning Homes will see 6,000 copies printed and distributed to members of the Master Builders and newsagents in the ACT and Southern NSW.

winning Projects Advertise your business and have a captive audience of your peers.

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On-Site Insight The Master Builder Association of the ACT provides members with this bimonthly newsletter. On-site Insight is designed to keep members up-to-date with industry issues and changes to legislation and regulations as well as information on the latest products to hit the building market.

Human Resources Manual

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Winning Projects (formally Excellence in Construction) includes finalists and winners from the Commercial and Civil categories. This publication has a distribution of 3,000 copies that will include members of the Master Builders and industry associates throughout Australia.

Advertising To book advertising space in Master Builders Association of the ACT’s publications please contact David Leitch.

Ph: 02 6175 5970 email: dleitch@mba.org.au

Guide to Sub-Contracting Master Builders Association of the ACT in conjunction with Master Builders Australia has issued the ‘Guide to Subcontracting’ publication to assist members and others in understanding subcontracting obligations. This publication, provided to all Master Builders ACT members is intended to assist companies and individuals who are engaged as subcontractors to work on specific aspects of a building project under subcontract arrangements.

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special purpose dwellings - multi storey

Baulderstone Project Warrumbul Lodge, ANU

The judges were impressed by the high level of innovation employed in the construction and servicing techniques of this six-storey, purpose-built development. The property caters for both couples and singles and contains 349 units and 515 beds in total, with all units being highly energy efficient. In the construction of this project a focus has been placed on functionality with the result being an extremely well-planned and expertly constructed development.

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special purpose dwellings - single residence

PBS Homes (ACT) / CHC Affordable Housing Canberra / AMC Design & Management Project Gungaderra Homestead

This well-thought out and executed project has covered all bases in creating a great community aspect and an interrelation between the villas, whilst maintaining privacy and functionality of each single residence. The property features a simple and practical kitchen design, adaptable bathrooms and extremely high quality workmanship both internally and externally. Security features and easy access have also been given precedence. A well-planned project expertly completed with a great result.

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heritage restoration or refurbishment

PBS Homes (ACT) / CHC Affordable Housing Canberra / AMC Design & Management Suburb Harrison

This incredibly challenging heritage restoration job involved not only restoring the rundown Gungaderra Homestead, but ensuring that the heritage structure would blend well with its newly constructed and modern surroundings. The judges observed that meticulous care had been taken in achieving this outcome, including great matching of materials and seamless construction of new elements such as the added verandah. This huge job has been carefully planned and orchestrated with great success.

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project home more than $275,000

Renaissance Homes Suburb Forde

Good attention to detail and outstanding workmanship are immediately evident in this spacious home, with the judges noting in particular the clean lines throughout and the high quality timber flooring. The floor plan is both unique and highly functional, with the sunken lounge and coffered ceiling adding to the sense of space and value. The property also features a games room with bar attached to the family area, as well as a good relation between living areas and the extended alfresco area.

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project home less than $275,000

Renaissance Homes Suburb Bonner

This is a well-planned home of simple and functional design which represents excellent value for money. The judges noted the clean lines in construction and the manner in which indoor and outdoor seem to merge to create a spacious and open plan living area. High quality workmanship, a well thought-out and practical design and good use of materials have all contributed to this being a truly outstanding project.

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residential green living project

Environmental Sciences Australia / Insite Industries Suburb Ainslie

This project brings together environmental science, the forethought of the owner whose building firm constructed this remarkable home. The design is largely passive with the envelope of the building comprising R2 insulation to the timber frame, reversed reflective foil to the cavity, furring channel to remove any condensation and extruded polystyrene that makes up the skin of the walls finished with a breathable render finish. High energy efficient LED lighting, specially formed PVC double glazing and insulated slab add to the credentials of the structure. Three water storage pods combined in summer and winter to provide hydronic heating and radiant cooling through the home. The home also has a 3kw grid feed photovoltaic array. The original house on site was all recycled. All these cutting edge technologies have produced a beautiful 8 star sustainable home.

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HYDRONIC HEATING SYSTEMS

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Some of our recent major projects include: • AIS Student Accomodation

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• Burgmann Anglican School - 6 buildings • Floor Sydney International Terminal heating system Floor heating and cooling system

• Canberra Airport Hangars and Offices andincooling system • Floor 200heating + Houses Canberra and Districts Floor Heating system • 3-5 National Circuit Canberra

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• Allowah Hospital Sydney Floor Heating system Floor heating and cooling system

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Master Builders Group Training Continued learning through industry training. Master Builders Group Training provides continual learning opportunities through industry training and education services. Safe work practices within the industry are a priority with the Master Builders and expert advice is available in a range of areas including occupational health and safety requirements, industry codes of practice, education and training. The Master Builders Group Training Scheme has created significant employment opportunities throughout the industry as well as providing many employer benefits. Building Industry Training Courses are conducted throughout Canberra and the region. Contact Group Training for more information on these courses.

Master Builders Group Training Ltd Address: 1 Iron Knob St, Fyshwick ACT 2609 Postal Address: PO Box 1211, Fyshwick ACT 2609 Tel: (02) 6280 9119 Fax: (02) 6280 9118 Email: training@mba.org.au

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Industry Training Courses Master Builders Group Training offers a wide range of industry training options. All training is provided by industry experienced trainers. Many of our training programs are approved for refunds by the ACT Building and Construction Industry Training Fund Authority which reimburses up to 70% of course costs for eligible course participants, upon successful completion of the course.

Green Living Course Green Living is a two-day sustainability training program designed specifically for residential builders. The program is wholly owned by the Master Builders Association. It is a gateway program that facilitates other sustainability training options such as Home Sustainability Assessment, Energy Efficiency Rating Software (BERSPro), Sustainability Management and a host of others. It is a program that Residential Builders enjoy doing because of the information and technology that it provides access to. Green Living graduates form part of an emergent national Master Builders network and are seen as being at the cutting edge of sustainability development in the building and construction industry. Each year a ‘refresher’ program will be offered to Green Living graduates so that they can keep their skills and knowledge current. Green Living Builders will be required each year to formally report back to the Master Builders Association about ways they have utilised their training in day-to-day building and construction activities to ensure their status is maintained.

Diploma & Cert IV Building & Construction Master Builders Group Training provides training for tradespeople to obtain their Certificate IV Building and Construction (Building). This program is the first step towards becoming a licenced builder. Prerequisite Qualifications for residential / commercial builders licences: • •

Certificate IV in Building & Construction Diploma & Advanced Diploma

Industry Based Short Courses Master Builders Group Training offers a variety of Industry Based short courses & qualifications plus licensing courses including: • • • • •

ACT Construction Induction Card Asbestos Awareness Traffic Control Restricted Height Scaffold Explosive Power Tools

Safenet also operate from the Master Builders Group Training offices and offer the following Industry Based short courses: • • •

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remodelling - open

Better Building Services Suburb Reid

The judges did not know where to start in assessing this exceptional home, describing it as simply beautiful and offering it their highest accolades. The Remodelling Open category has been specially created by the judges to accommodate this stand-out project. Externally, the home remains in keeping with the heritage of the area and blends well with its surrounds. Internally, the wonders never cease to amaze. Meticulous care has been taken in all elements of the construction, including innovative use of space, scrupulous attention to detail, and the highest quality finish to all areas.

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Remodelling Over $400,000

Vogue Constructions Project Reid

This tremendous remodelling job has been achieved skillfully by maintaining the heritage concept both externally and internally whilst revamping and subtly modernising the home. All work has been carried out expertly and in keeping with the existing house, creating a tidy, functional and unique home which manages to seamlessly marry both old and new.

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While you’re working, we’re working for you.

Master Builders Association of the ACT  M E MBE R SE RVICE S

Master Builders Association of the ACT 1 Iron Knob St, Fyshwick ACT 2609 PO Box 1211, Fyshwick ACT 2609 Tel: (02) 6280 9119  Fax: (02) 6249 8374  Email: canberra@mba.org.au  Web: www.mba.org.au act winning homes 2011

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Remodelling $200,000 - $400,000

Geoff Rees Project Macquarie

It’s little wonder the client was so satisfied with the end result of this exceptional project. This home represents fantastic value for money, boasting spacious living areas both indoor and out as well as the highest quality workmanship and finish throughout. Externally the property has great appeal and blends well with its surroundings, and the materials and finish on display internally maintain this very high standard.

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remodelling - Less than $200,000

Prostyle Building Group Suburb Deakin

This is an outstanding remodelling job completed with great expertise to create a comfortable and functional home with great street appeal, with new elements marrying in with the rest of the building seamlessly. Functionality and practicality are paramount throughout this purpose-built home, however the end result is both a well-designed and aesthetically pleasing home with an excellent finish.

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kitchen design & construction more than $25,000

Simplicity Kitchens / SM Precision Building / Pacific Stone Suburb Bonner

The judges were in awe at the level of intricacy and attention to detail on display in this exceptional kitchen, finding it ‘impossible to fault’. This kitchen compliments the entire house and creates maximum appeal with a tasteful combination of colours, textures, materials and lighting, whilst maintaining the form and function of the space.

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2010 HIA ACT/Southern NSW Kitchen Project of the Year

2009 HIA Award Winner New Kitchen Project over $20,000

2010 HIA Award Winner New Kitchen Project over $20,000

2009 HIA Award Winner New Kitchen Project under $20,000

2010 HIA Award Winner New Kitchen Project under $20,000

2008 MBA Award Winner Kitchen & Design Construction under $25,000

2009 MBA Award Winner Kitchen & Design Construction under $25,000

2007 MBA Award Winner Kitchen & Design Construction under $20,000

VISIT OUR SHOWROOM at Unit 4 28/30 Essington Street Mitchell - www.simplicitykitchens.com.au

Quality ACT & NSW licensed Builder Specialising in: • Custom Designs • Extensions & Remodelling • New Homes • Knockdown/Rebuild • Renovations • Outdoor Entertaining Areas

Not sure where to start? Give Warrick a call to discuss your future project on 0410 697 709 ACT Licence No: 2008505 | NSW Licence No: 222482C | ACN: 130920900 | ABN: 99 849 437 307

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Oppikofer Joinery Project Farrer

This project is a great example of how aesthetics, form and function can be successfully combined to achieve the desired outcome overall. Oppikofer Joinery have displayed great attention to detail and a respect for practicality in design in creating this functional and aesthetically pleasing final result.

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The Swiss natural wonder you can enjoy in your kitchen

V-Zug Swiss domestic appliance manufacturer, in conjunction with Appliance Gallery Fyshwick selected Oppikofer Joinery to build their new display. Oppikofer Joinery’s managing director, Beat Oppikofer, completed a cabinet making apprenticeship and bachelor of wood engineering technology in Switzerland before emigrating to Australia. The display incorporates the latest Blum hardware for kitchens and other detailed joinery products. Swiss Quality Made Locally

You are invited to review the outstanding quality produced by Oppikofer Joinery at the Appliance Gallery located at 72 Gladstone Street, Fyshwick, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturday 9am to 12:30pm.

Kitchens & Detailed Joinery Solutions

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bathroom design & Construction more than $25,000

Better Building Services Designer Sugar Designs Suburb Yarralumla

This striking project has been planned and executed with great success, resulting in a well-appointed bathroom which offers an unassuming and understated level of luxury. In constructing this lavish bathroom, Better Building Services and Sugar Designs have created a sense of opulence whilst maintaining a focus on functionality. The stunning design and layout of the space combined with flawless workmanship in construction make this project a truly exquisite one.

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Immeasurable quality

commercialresidentialdetailed joinery p 02 6299 3500 f 02 6299 3500 e info@heinigerjoinery.com.au PO Bo 252 Fyshwick ACT 2609 www.heinigerjoinery.com.au

Specialising in boutique design for: Retail interior design

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Communications Advertising Agency Services

Hospitality interior design Commercial interior design Residential interior design 3D computer renderings 3D computer design models

• Advertising & Marketing • Direct Marketing • Graphic Design • Radio & TV Campaign • Print/Press • Promotions

Contact Helen for more information: mobile: 0408 253 739 phone/fax: 6259 5521 email: helen@sugardesigns.com.au www.sugardesigns.com.au act winning homes 2011

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Wayne Goodwin Building Services Suburb Curtin

The careful thought invested in the planning and preparation of this project is clearly evident in the well-executed final product. The judges commented that this project was hard to fault, demonstrating outstanding finish and expert workmanship. This is a tasteful and functional bathroom completed to the highest standard.

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Multi Award Winning Builder 2000 - 2011 Building Quality Extensions, Renovations, Bathrooms & Kitchens Mobile: 0418 697 522 Email: wayne@wgbs.com.au Builders Licence: 200313321 | ABN: 75 100 782 769

Quality Construction The Way It Used To Be. D & C Building Group’s homes are born from quality designs, quality workmanship and the quest to continuously improve our already exceptionally high standards. Reflecting your personality, lifestyle needs and style, we ensure your home is built to last. We specialise in: • Custom Built Homes • Project Homes • Knock Down/Rebuild • Design & Construction Multi Award Winning Builder. Member HIA & MBA. D & C Building Group Pty Ltd Ph: 02 6255 8209 | Mobile: 0414 413 799 | 4/57-59 Kembla Street Fyshwick, ACT www.dcbuildinggroup.com.au | info@dcbuildinggroup.com.au Licence No. 200750 (ACT ) 178752C (NSW) | ACN 114 767 083 | ABN 95 114 767 083

• Design/Construction • Custom Joinery • Project Management • Commercial/Residential • Office Fitout • Furniture

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outstanding workmanship award

Select Custom Joinery Suburb Queanbeyan

The team at Select Custom Joinery have earned this award through their admirable dedication and perseverance to achieve the highest possible standards in their work. Displaying truly outstanding levels of quality in their workmanship and careful attention to detail, Select Custom Joinery create flawless custom joinery work with professionalism and enthusiasm for the job.

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INTERIORS | CONSTRUCTION | DEVELOPMENT Kingston Warehouse, 14/71 Leichhardt Street, Kingston ACT 2604 Phone: 02 6162 9700 Fax: 02 6162 9711 Email: info@deccabuild.com.au Licence No. 200313269 | ABN: 68 939 729 018

1300 2 ELVIN Your One Stop Concrete Shop • Pre-mix Concrete • Concrete Pumping • Steel Supplies • 3 Boom Pumps Available (48M, 46M & 28M) • Line Pumps

• Block Filling • Exposed Aggregates • Specialising Mixes • Modern High Tech Plant • Delivery to the ACT, Queanbeyan & Surrounding Districts

• Trucks from 0.2M3 - 8.5M3 • Member of the Master Builders Association • 40 Years in Business • Experienced Operators & Professional Service • Friendly Service & Quality Advice

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best use of material

Instyle Constructions / Hanz & Aaron Fraenznick Suburb Red Hill

This three coat cement rendered residence is a shining example of high quality material and flawless workmanship and has resulted in a beautiful final product which is impossible to fault. The judges commented that the old stucco style render is flawless in regularity, being blemish free from top to bottom with no unevenness or irregularity to be seen.

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• Quality • Reliability • Value Phone: 02 6288 4091 | Fax: 02 6288 4091 | Mobile: 0417 244 686 | Email: instyle@netspeed.com.au Address: PO Box 3938 Weston, ACT 2611 | Licence No. ACT B 200313362 | ABN: 78 073 377 643

• Knock Down-Rebuilds • New Homes • Extensions/Renovations • Project Management • MBA Award Winner • 38 Years Experience AFTER

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Ph: 02 6280 6110

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building façade - residential

Erincole Building Services Project The Apartments, Acton

The building façade of ‘The Apartments’ is an extraordinarily complex and original piece of work, featuring brushed finished curved Alucobond feature spandrels panelling as well as western red cedar lining boards, trims and coloured Rimex feature blade. The feature ‘waterfall’ blends seamlessly with both the building and the surrounding streetscape, and lends itself to being a piece of public art. This is an incredibly distinctive project which has made use of a diverse range of materials and construction techniques to create a stand-out result.

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Master Builders Information Centre The Master Builders Information Centre is conveniently located at the Master Builders Headquarters and Skills Centre at 1 Iron Knob St, Fyshwick. The Information Centre is purpose-built and features exhibits by members of the Master Builders Association of the ACT and offers a range of building and home improvement information and advisory services - both to the general public and to industry. The information centre is owned and operated by the Master Builders Association and run as a free service by the membership for our community. The Information Centre was designed to provide a permanent and accessible public face for the Master Builders while also showcasing the many excellent home-related products and services available.

Open Times Monday-Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm Contact Details Ph: (02) 6175-5997 Address 1 Iron Knob St, Fyshwick ACT 2609

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Interior finish - Residential

Capital Veneering Designer MMM Interiors Suburb Kingston

Capital Veneering have joined with MMM Interiors to create this ultramodern and unique project which boasts the highest standard of finish throughout. The judges commented that this home has real WOW factor, displaying high levels of innovation in both planning and use of materials. Careful attention to detail is evident in the high quality workmanship and finish, as well as the consistency of design features throughout the home, such as wave patterned glass and under-floor lighting.

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Celebrating 10 years of outstanding service

Capital Veneering has steadily evolved over a 10 year period from a boutique veneer pressing and furniture making workshop to a large enterprise. The growth of the company has resulted in the refinement of systems and the purchase of more efficient, state of the art software and machinery. This allows Capital Veneering to fitout large scale commercial projects to agreed schedules while maintaining the high quality finish and personal service required to work in customers homes. Be sure to ask us about the impending release of our “Star Range” furniture line which includes media units & occasional tables. Visit our showroom @ Unit 3-4, 67-71 Bayldon Road Queanbeyan, NSW 2620

www.capitalveneering.com.au

ph: 02 6299 1557

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3D computer generated design and shop drawings Custom made furniture Residential joinery Corporate and government fitouts Shop & club fitouts Veneer pressing Clear lacquer and polyurethane paint finishes Personal gifts Colourback glass Corian & solid surface fabrication

email: info@capitalveneering.com.au

For the latest Industry News. • • • • • •

Master Builders News Consumer Advice Industry Events Training Opportunities Publications Media Releases

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landscaping - residential

Contemporary Landscaping Suburb East O’Malley

This beautiful garden has been constructed with meticulous care. It is obvious that great consideration has been given to detail and finish of the project. The judges noted that all joints, levels and interfaces are of the highest standard, all contributing to a stunning end result. This project is a truly excellent display of landscape construction on a residence.

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winner

Apprentice of the Year and Cadet of the Year.

APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR

CADET OF THE YEAR

Tim Knight

Terry Mulcahy

Host Employer AC Contractors

Host Employer Project Coordination

Within his first week on the job, the team at AC

A diligent and conversant worker, Terry has

Contractors knew they had stumbled on something

proved himself more than capable of entering

special with Tim. Whilst only a first year apprentice

into negotiations with all levels of the building

his level of understanding and standard of his ability

team including clients, architects, consultants,

were that of a tradesman, and he has continued to

subcontractors and management. During his time

consistently improve over the past 3 years. Tim’s

with Project Coordination they have seen him

ability to solve any problem he comes across and

successfully transform from an inexperience junior

the outstanding quality of all his work has led to his

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GROUP T R AI NI NG S ’ AWARD WIN NI NG APPR ENTI C ES

Master Builders Group Training takes young builders to the top of the industry Master Builders Group Training is one of the oldest group training organisations in Australia offering a career path for young people seeking a profession in the building industry. Our highly regarded Registered Training Organisation currently trains apprentices, trainees, cadets, Australian School Based Apprentices and existing workers in the construction industry. A career through Master Builders Group Training offers many benefits. We have close links with building industry employers; we are committed to skilling the construction industry and providing encouragement and support to learners in both career and personal development. Master Builders Group Training provides a safe working environment for our apprentices, trainees, cadets and Australian School Based Apprentices. Our full-time Field Officers and an OH&S Co-ordinator provide an invaluable network of mentors and pastoral support to ensure the programs’ success.

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We also offer post-apprenticeship professional development including the Certificate IV in Building and Construction. Pathways to tertiary qualifications also are available through the partnership between University of Canberra and Master Builders Group Training. Master Builders are very proud of the outstanding apprentice completion rates achieved by Master Builders Group Training; with our completion rates are almost double that of the National average across all trades. Many of the highly skilled apprentices excel in their chosen trade and go on to run building businesses of their own. Some we are highlighting here as they have also won awards in the Master Builders & Boral Excellence in Building Awards locally and at a National level. Our next intake of future building industry professionals will start with applications and interviews later this year.

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MASTER BUILDERS GROUP TRAINING APPENTICES SETTING THE BENCHMARK FOR SUCCESS IN THE BUILDING INDUSTRY.

Matthew Kennedy Matken Constructions Master Builders Group Training apprentice 1995 – 1998

Custom Built Home $600,000 - 1m House of the Year Commercial & Retail Fitout, Refurbishment or Alteration 1m – 3m Commercial & Retail Fitout, Refurbishment or Alteration $300,ooo - 1m Commercial - Interior Finish National Young Builder of the Year National Display Home 2009 Commercial & Retail Fitout, Refurbishment or Alteration 1m – 3m Commercial & Retail Fitout, Refurbishment or Alteration $300,ooo - 1m Commercial & Retail Fitout, Refurbishment or Alteration less than $300,ooo 2006 New Commercial Builder of the Year

Matt is an exceptional builder and in 2009, amongst a string of ACT building awards, was also named the ‘National Young Builder of the Year’. Apart from completing his apprenticeship with Master Builders we are proud to have been able to train matt for both his C class & B class building licenses. awards 2009 Chief Minister’s Affordable Housing award Display Home less than $300,ooo Remodelling 200k - $300,ooo Residential Builder of the Year National Young Builder of the Year 2006 New Residential Builder of the Year

Marco Galeotti

Monarch Building Solutions Master Builders Group Training apprentice 1992 – 1994

Marco is another former Master Builders apprentice to have won the ‘National Young Builder of the Year,’ his award was in 2010 in amongst a host of other residential & commercial building ACT awards and the prestigious ‘National Display Home of the Year’ award. In 2001 Marco completed his Associate Diploma in Building to add to his C class building licence.

awards 2011 Commercial Best use of Material Commercial Interior Finish Commercial & Retail Fitout, Refurbishment or Alteration 500k - 1m 2010 Display Homes More than $300,ooo act winning homes 2011

Matthew Hall

Build Professional Master Builders Group Training apprentice 1994 – 1997

After completing his apprenticeship Matthew took some time off from building to play rugby in Japan, during this time he successfully completed his C class building licence by correspondence. His final exam was supervised by the staff at the Australian Embassy in Japan. Matthew is running his business ‘Build Professional’, and is helping with the next generation of builders with three apprentices in his business. They are, of course trained under the Master Builder Group Training banner. awards 2010 Remodelling 100k - 200k

Brett Lentfer

B A Lentfer Building Contractor Former Master Builders Group Training – Board Member Master Builder member since 1990

Brett firmly believes there are many career pathways in building & construction. He says “some people come to the industry and all they want to do is become craftsmen, others will want to extend their career paths, supervising projects, pricing jobs (estimating) and running building businesses. A Master Builders apprentices can look at the training as a launching platform”. awards 2011 Youth Participation & Training Awards

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custom built home $600,000 - $1,000,000

custom built home $600,000 - $1,000,000

Builder Geocon Constructors Suburb Kingston

Builder Better Building Services Architect Dowse Norwood Architects Designer Sugar Designs Suburb Yarralumla

custom built home $300,000 - $600,000

custom built home L ess than $ 3 0 0 , 0 0 0

Builder Reliabuilt

Builder Geocon Constructors

Suburb Forde

Suburb Franklin

Display home More than $300,000

residential green li v ing pro j ect

Builder Better Building Services Architect Dowse Norwood Architects Designer Sugar Designs Suburb Yarralumla

Suburb Franklin

Builder Jigsaw Housing

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merits

small lot housing Builder Pavilion Homes

bathroom design & construction more than $ 2 5 , 0 0 0

Suburb Casey

Builder Brother Projects Designer MMM Interiors Suburb Pearce

L ANDSCAPING - A partments / U nits / Aged Care

L AN D S C AP I N G - Apartments / Units / Aged C are

Builder Capezio & Co / Goodwin Aged Care Services Ltd / Canberra United Landscapes Project Goodwin Monash Village Lifestyle Centre

Builder Urban Contractors Project Ambassador Apartments

Chief Minister’s A ffordable H ousing Award Builder Renaissance Building & Design Project Ownplace Home in Bonner

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finalists

house of the year Builder Drewaire Constructions Suburb Hackett

house of the year Builder Classic Constructions (Aust) Suburb Forde

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finalists

house of the year Builder Chase Building Group Architect Architects Ring & Associates Designer Archertec Interiors Suburb Forrest

house of the year Builder Better Building Services Suburb Reid

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CUSTOM BUILT HOME MORE THAN $1MILLION

CUSTOM BUILT HOME MORE THAN $1MILLION

CUSTOM BUILT HOME MORE THAN $1MILLION

CUSTOM BUILT HOME MORE THAN $1MILLION

Builder Solve Projects

Builder Preferred Builders

Builder InStyle Constructions

Builder Chapman Construction

Suburb Reidsdale

Suburb O’Malley

Suburb Red Hill

Suburb Griffith

CUSTOM BUILT HOME MORE THAN $1MILLION

CUSTOM BUILT HOME $600,000 - $1 Million

CUSTOM BUILT HOME $600,000 - $1 Million

CUSTOM BUILT HOME $600,000 - $1 Million

Builder Chase Building Group

Builder Furlong Build & Design

Builder Bora Building Group

Builder Art Homes

Architect Architects Ring &

Architect TT Architecture

Designer Adam Hobill Design

Suburb Forde

Associates

Suburb Kiama

Suburb Forde

CUSTOM BUILT HOME $600,000 - $1 Million

CUSTOM BUILT HOME $600,000 - $1 Million

CUSTOM BUILT HOME $600,000 - $1 Million

CUSTOM BUILT HOME $600,000 - $1 Million

Builder Geocon Constructors

Builder Drewaire Constructions

Builder Better Building Services

Builder Sutton & Horsley

Suburb Kingston

Suburb Hackett

Architects Architects Ring &

Suburb Rivett

Designer Archertec Interiors Suburb Forrest

Associates Designer Sugar Designs Suburb Yarralumla

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CUSTOM BUILT HOME $300,000 - $600,000

CUSTOM BUILT HOME $300,000 - $600,000

CUSTOM BUILT HOME $300,000 - $600,000

CUSTOM BUILT HOME $300,000 - $600,000

Builder Bora Building Group

Builder Reliabuilt

Builder Parliament Constructions

Builder Innovative Building Projects

Architect Dowse Norwood Architects

Suburb Murrumbateman

Suburb Forde

Suburb Franklin

CUSTOM BUILT HOME $300,000 - $600,000

CUSTOM BUILT HOME $300,000 - $600,000

CUSTOM BUILT HOME $300,000 - $600,000

CUSTOM BUILT HOME $300,000 - $600,000

Builder Reliabuilt

Builder Classic Constructions (Aust)

Builder Innovative Building Projects

Builder Innovative Building Projects

Suburb Forde

Suburb Forde

Suburb Kingston

Suburb Narrabundah

CUSTOM BUILT HOME $300,000 - $600,000

CUSTOM BUILT HOME $300,000 - $600,000

CUSTOM BUILT HOME $300,000 - $600,000

CUSTOM BUILT HOME $300,000 - $600,000

Builder Classic Constructions (Aust)

Builder D & C Building Group

Builder Exceptional Constructions

Builder Bora Building Group

Suburb Yarralumla

Suburb Forde

Architect Dowse Norwood Architects

Architect Paul Tilse Architects

Suburb Mawson

Suburb Deakin

Suburb O’Connor

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CUSTOM BUILT HOME LESS THAN $300,000

CUSTOM BUILT HOME LESS THAN $300,000

CUSTOM BUILT HOME LESS THAN $300,000

CUSTOM BUILT HOME LESS THAN $300,000

Builder Solitaire Homes

Builder Geocon Constructors

Builder Matkin Constructions

Builder D & C Building Group

Suburb Franklin

Suburb Franklin

Suburb Franklin

Suburb Forde

CHIEF MINISTERS AFFORDABLE HOUSING AWARD

CHIEF MINISTERS AFFORDABLE HOUSING AWARD

CHIEF MINISTERS AFFORDABLE HOUSING AWARD

CHIEF MINISTERS AFFORDABLE HOUSING AWARD

Builder Blackett Homes (Aust) / CHC

Builder Renaissance Building &

Builder RAM Constructions

Builder RAM Constructions

Affordable Housing

Design

Suburb Linear @ Bonner

Project Ultimo @ Franklin

Project Grace Apartments

Suburb Own Place Home Bonner

CHIEF MINISTERS AFFORDABLE HOUSING AWARD

CHIEF MINISTERS AFFORDABLE HOUSING AWARD

CHIEF MINISTERS AFFORDABLE HOUSING AWARD

CHIEF MINISTERS AFFORDABLE HOUSING AWARD

Builder RAM Constructions

Builder The Village Building Co

Builder PBS Homes (ACT) / CHC

Builder Shaw Living

Project Ultimo @ Franklin Townhouse

Project Parkside at Dunlop

Affordable Housing Canberra / AMC

Project Eco Design House

2.0

Townhouse 3.0

Design & Management Project Gungaderra Homestead

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CHIEF MINISTERS AFFORDABLE HOUSING AWARD

DISPLAY HOME MORE THAN $300,000

DISPLAY HOME MORE THAN $300,000

DISPLAY HOME MORE THAN $300,000

Builder CHC Affordable Housing /

Builder BLD Homes

Builder Better Building Service

Builder Deemro Homes

Milin Brothers Builders / Kasparek

Architect Architectural Evolution

Architect Dowse Norwood Architects

Suburb Bonner

Architects

Suburb Bonner

Designer Sugar Designs

Project Edge Apartments

Suburb Yarralumla

DISPLAY HOME MORE THAN $300,000

DISPLAY HOME MORE THAN $300,000

DISPLAY HOME LESS THAN $300,000

DISPLAY HOME LESS THAN $300,000

Builder Innovative Building Projects

Builder Rawson Homes

Builder GR8 Constructions

Builder Renaissance Homes

Suburb Bonner

Suburb Casey

Architect Sanctum Interior Design

Suburb Casey

Suburb Bonner

DISPLAY HOME LESS THAN $300,000

DISPLAY HOME LESS THAN $300,000

DISPLAY HOME LESS THAN $300,000

PROJECT HOME MORE THAN $275,000

Builder Blackett Homes (Aust)

Builder Gracious Living

Builder Rawson Homes

Builder Classic Constructions (Aust)

Constructions

Suburb Bonner

Suburb Campbell

Suburb Casey

Suburb Bonner

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PROJECT HOME MORE THAN $275,000

PROJECT HOME MORE THAN $275,000

PROJECT HOME LESS THAN $275,000

APARTMENTS AND UNITS

Builder Blackett Homes (Aust)

Builder Rennaisance Homes

Builder Rennaisance Homes

Project The Apartments

Suburb Forde

Suburb Forde

Suburb Bonner

APARTMENTS AND UNITS

APARTMENTS AND UNITS

Builder Hindmarsh Construction

Builder CHC Affordable Housing

Australia

Canberra / Milin Brothers Builders

Project Vantage Apartments

Pty Ltd

APARTMENTS AND UNITS Builder Blackett Homes (Aust) / Department of Disability Housing & Community Services Architects Architects Ring & Associates

Architects Kasparek Architect Project Edge Apartments

APARTMENTS AND UNITS Builder Project Coordination (Australia) / The Village Building Co Project The Hub at Bruce

Suburb Braddon

APARTMENTS AND UNITS

APARTMENTS AND UNITS

TOWNHOUSES AND VILLAS

TOWNHOUSES AND VILLAS

Builder ABA Construction Managers

Builder Space Developments ACT /

Builder RAM Constructions

Builder PBS Homes (ACT) / Goodwin

Project Artique Apartments

CIC Australia

Suburb Bonner

Aged Care Services

Project Ambassador Apartments

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Builder PBS Building (ACT)

Suburb Monash

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TOWNHOUSES AND VILLAS

TOWNHOUSES AND VILLAS

TOWNHOUSES AND VILLAS

Builder RAM Constructions

Builder Delorco / FFI Projects

Builder RAM Constructions

Medium Density & Small Lot Housing

Suburb Franklin

Suburb Hughes

Suburb Franklin

Builder Shaw Living Suburb Bonner

Medium Density & Small Lot Housing

Medium Density & Small Lot Housing

Medium Density & Small Lot Housing

Medium Density & Small Lot Housing

Builder The Village Building Co

Builder RAM Constructions

Builder Pavilion Homes

Builder PBS Homes (ACT) / CHC

Suburb Franklin

Suburb Franklin

Suburb Bonner

Affordable Housing Canberra / AMC Design & Management Suburb Harrison

Medium Density & Small Lot Housing

Medium Density & Small Lot Housing

Medium Density & Small Lot Housing

Medium Density & Small Lot Housing

Builder Gracious Living Constructions

Builder Deemro Homes

Builder Solitaire Homes

Builder RAM Constructions

Suburb Bonner

Suburb Bonner

Suburb Franklin

Suburb Franklin

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Medium Density & Small Lot Housing

Medium Density & Small Lot Housing

Special Purpose Dwellings MULTI storey

Special Purpose Dwellings Single Residence

Builder Pavilion Homes

Builder RAM Constructions

Builder Baulderstone

Builder PBS Homes (ACT) / Goodwin

Suburb Casey

Suburb Bonner

Project Warrumbul Lodge

Aged Care Services Project Monash Green Villas

Special Purpose Dwellings Single Residence

Residential Green Living Project

Residential Green Living Project

Residential Green Living Project

Builder PBS Homes (ACT) / CHC

Builder Blackett Homes (Aust)

Builder Innovative Building Projects

Builder Jigsaw Housing

Affordable Housing Canberra / AMC

Suburb Casey

Suburb Bonner

Suburb Franklin

Residential Green Living Project

Residential Green Living Project

Builder Classic Constructions (Aust)

Builder Environmental Sciences

Residential Heritage Restoration or Refurbishment

Residential Heritage Restoration or Refurbishment

Suburb Ainslie

Australia / Insite Industries

Builder Better Building Services

Builder Vogue Constructions

Suburb Ainslie

Suburb Reid

Suburb Reid

Design & Management Project Gungaderra Homestead

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Residential Heritage Restoration or Refurbishment

REMODELLING - MORE THAN $400,000

REMODELLING - MORE THAN $400,000

REMODELLING - MORE THAN $400,000

Builder Preferred Builders

Builder Better Building Services

Builder Prostyle Building Group

Builder PBS Homes (ACT) / CHC

Architects Philip Leeson Architects

Suburb Reid

Architects TT Architecture

Affordable Housing Canberra / AMC

Suburb Hackett

Suburb Campbell

Design & Management Suburb Harrison

REMODELLING - MORE THAN $400,000

REMODELLING - $200,000 $400,000

REMODELLING - $200,000 $400,000

REMODELLING - $200,000 $400,000

Builder Vogue Constructions

Builder Brother Projects

Builder Bellevue Building Projects

Builder Acumen Carpentry

Suburb Reid

Designer MMM Interiors

Suburb Nicholls

Designer Archertec Interiors

Suburb Bruce

Suburb Griffith

REMODELLING - $200,000 $400,000

REMODELLING - $200,000 $400,000

REMODELLING - $200,000 $400,000

Builder Prostyle Building Group

Builder Geoff Rees

Builder MAG Constructions

Builder Reliabuilt

Suburb Farrer

Suburb Macquarie

Architect Dowse Norwood Architects

Suburb McKellar

REMODELLING - LESS THAN $200,000

Suburb O’Connor

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REMODELLING - LESS THAN $200,000

REMODELLING - LESS THAN $200,000

REMODELLING - LESS THAN $200,000

REMODELLING - LESS THAN $200,000

Builder Bora Building Group

Builder Prostyle Building Group

Builder Reliabuilt

Builder Quality Constructions

Suburb Watson

Suburb Deakin

Suburb Giralang

Architect Architects Ring & Associates Suburb Griffith

Kitchen Design & Construction - MORE THAN $25,000

Kitchen Design & Construction Kitchen Design & Construction - MORE THAN $25,000 - MORE THAN $25,000

Kitchen Design & Construction - MORE THAN $25,000

Builder OFM Direct

Builder OFM Direct

Builder Heiniger Joinery

Builder Ellwood Detail Joinery /

Designer Archertec Interiors

Suburb Hughes

Designer Karin McNamara Design

Monarch Building Solutions

Suburb Farrer

Designer Archertec Interiors

Suburb Forrest

Suburb Kingston

Kitchen Design & Construction - MORE THAN $25,000

Kitchen Design & Construction - MORE THAN $25,000

Kitchen Design & Construction - MORE THAN $25,000

Kitchen Design & Construction - MORE THAN $25,000

Builder Capital Veneering

Builder Leader Joinery

Builder Choice Cabinetworks

Builder Capital Veneering

Designer MMM Interiors

Suburb Deakin

Suburb Forde

Designer MMM Interiors

Suburb Kingston

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Suburb Cook

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Kitchen Design & Construction - MORE THAN $25,000

Kitchen Design & Construction - MORE THAN $25,000

Kitchen Design & Construction Kitchen Design & Construction - MORE THAN $25,000 - less THAN $25,000

Builder Select Custom Joinery

Builder Queanbeyan Joinery

Builder Simplicity Kitchens / SM

Builder GR8 Constructions

Suburb Queanbeyan

Designer Sugar Designs

Precision Building / Pacific Stone

Designer Sanctum Interior Design

Suburb Yarralumla

Suburb Bonner

Suburb Bonner

Kitchen Design & Construction - less THAN $25,000

Kitchen Design & Construction - less THAN $25,000

Kitchen Design & Construction - less THAN $25,000

Builder Simplicity Kitchens / Vogue

Builder Heiniger Joinery

Builder Oppikofer Joinery

Bathroom Design & Construction more THAN $25,000

Constructions / Pacific Stone

Designer Deborah Pavletich Interior

Suburb Farrer

Builder Brother Projects

Suburb Crace

Design

Designer MMM Interiors

Suburb O’Connor

Suburb Pearce

Bathroom Design & Construction more THAN $25,000

Bathroom Design & Construction more THAN $25,000

Bathroom Design & Construction more THAN $25,000

Bathroom Design & Construction more THAN $25,000

Builder Brother Projects

Builder Brother Projects

Builder Brother Projects

Builder A & J Bathrooms

Designer MMM Interiors

Designer MMM Interiors

Designer MMM Interiors

Suburb O’Malley

Suburb Bruce

Suburb Jerrabomberra

Suburb Pearce

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Bathroom Design & Construction more THAN $25,000

Bathroom Design & Construction more THAN $25,000

Bathroom Design & Construction more THAN $25,000

Bathroom Design & Construction more THAN $25,000

Builder Better Building Services

Builder A & J Bathrooms

Builder True-As-Maintenance

Builder True-As-Maintenance

Designer Sugar Designs

Suburb Farrer

Contractors

Contractors

Designer MMM Interiors

Designer MMM Interiors

Suburb Fadden

Suburb O’Connor

Suburb Yarralumla

Bathroom Design & Construction less THAN $25,000

Bathroom Design & Construction less THAN $25,000

Best use of Material

Builder A & J Bathrooms

Builder Wayne Goodwin Building

Suburb Acton

Suburb Rivett

Services

Builder Erincole Building Services

Best use of Material Builder Instyle Constructions / Hanz & Aaron Fraenznick Suburb Red Hill

Suburb Curtin

BUILDING FACADE

Interior Finish

Interior Finish

Interior Finish

Builder Erincole Building Services

Builder Geoff Rees

Builder C & S Painters

Builder Capital Veneering

Suburb Acton

Suburb Macquarie

Suburb Forde

Designer MMM Interiors Suburb Kingston

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Interior Finish

Interior Finish

LANDSCaping

LANDSCaping

Builder Instyle Constructions

Builder J & J Interiors

Builder Out and About Landscape

Builder Contemporary Landscaping

Suburb Red Hill

Suburb Acton

Design & Construction

Suburb East O’Malley

Suburb O’Connor

LANDSCaping

LANDSCaping

Builder Capezio & Co. Pty Ltd / Goodwin Aged Care Services Ltd / Canberra United Landscapes

Builder Urban Contractors Suburb Ambassador Apartments

Project Goodwin Monash Village Lifestyle Centre

The Master Builders Fidelity Fund was established in 2002 to protect the interests of both consumers and builders in the ACT. For Builders, the Master Builders Fidelity Fund provides financial certainty as money held by the Fund remains in the ACT. It is securely invested and used for the betterment of the ACT builders and consumers and is therefore not subjected to the vagaries of international markets and events. The Fidelity Fund issues Fidelity Certificates which provide consumer protection for owners of new homes and those making significant changes to homes. The Certificates protect the owner during construction and for up to six years from the date of practical completion. Master Builders members receive reduced premium rates and we also offer special discounts for volume users of the Fidelity Fund. For more information contact the Master Builders Fidelity Fund.

Go online and find the cover that is right for you. www.mba.org.au/fidelity_fund

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Green Living Trevor Lee, Nigel Coates and Michaele d’Onofrio

Green Living brings together design, technology and lifestyle.You can have a home that is a joy to live in - all year round. Energy efficiency is a significant contribution to sustainability. If we accept that sustainable building is ‘development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’ (Brundtland, 1987), closer attention needs to be given to materials selection and construction techniques as well as water and waste implications.

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Design - the first factor • Orientation • Shading • Ventilation • Landscaping • Close Neighbours

As we come to understand the interaction of environment and the use of appropriate building materials, the design of new homes, re-modelling and extensions can incorporate significant elements to enhance the performance of the house to achieve a more enjoyable and environmentally sustainable home to live in. This means we enjoy all the benefits that nature allows through clever design; and we have a home that is much more commodious to live in and a home that has a much reduced impact on the environment through the lower emission of greenhouse gases. Orientation of the property looks at the ability to maximize the warming sun into your home during winter months and allow for the reverse in summer, namely to reduce sun penetration and provide suitable shading. With good orientation the need for auxiliary heating and cooling is hugely reduced or even eliminated. Also, especially with smaller blocks, designing to keep your windows clear of your northern neighbour’s winter shadows will give a much more satisfying result. A designer experienced in both orientation factors and efficient building processes will greatly enhance the benefits available to you often without any increase in cost.

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A well designed home will take advantage of the sun in winter and shields against it in summer. Shielding can be achieved through elements of natural landscaping, correct eaves application and shading elements appropriate for the regional conditions and the site. Also, with attention to tree selection and siting, the landscape can provide food as well as judicious shade to suit the seasons. A well orientated home will also take advantage of cooling summer breezes by way of cross ventilation, and may even incorporate automated systems that open up the home to take advantage of cooler night temperatures. All this great design incorporating orientation, shading and ventilation elements is enhanced further through good insulation processes, colour selection and the use of thermal mass. Thermal mass is the ability of a material to absorb heat energy. A lot of heat energy is required to change the temperature of high density materials like concrete, bricks and tiles, so they are classified as high thermal mass building materials. Lightweight materials such as timber have low thermal mass. The application of appropriate levels and locations of insulation elements in association with well designed heat capture, storage and release, creates an enjoyable, efficient, low cost environment. Also, with correct design and building application, the reverse in summer is achieved to ensure the home stays much cooler without the need for air conditioning.

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Construction - the second factor • Infiltration or draughtiness • Mass • Structural framing • Window frames • Glazings

An energy efficient house relies heavily on the ability of the outer “skin” (floor, walls and roof ) to maintain comfortable living conditions inside the house. If the skin leaks air, conditions inside will quickly match those outside. You can either pump energy into the airconditioning and heating systems or sort the problem out at the source. Obvious weak points are around door and window frames and the doors and window sashes themselves, where electrical fittings penetrate walls and ceilings (especially incandescent downlights), ducting grilles and fireplace flues and of course suspended timber floors. All of these potential problems can be avoided by more careful fitting of wall wrap, insulation, seals, duct registers and floorcoverings. Same thing if the skin is able to conduct heat easily from one side to the other, conditions inside will quickly match those outside. The answer is to provide effective insulation. A combination of a reflective barrier (foil) and closely fitted bulk insulation (batts and blankets) to maintain a still air space is becoming common practice but care needs to be taken to install this correctly. Roofs require reflective foil (sarking) under tiles or anticon foil-faced blanket under metal roofs together with snugly fitted ceiling batts. Timber floors benefit from bulk and/or foil insulation although a bigger problem here is often air infiltration through the cracks. Concrete slabs should be insulated around the perimeter to take full advantage of earth-coupled thermal mass and to prevent excessive heat loss, especially when in slab heating is installed.

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We’re still carrying most of a home’s roof loads through the exterior walls so the structural framing members are typically part of the outer skin. They are usually either steel, which is a poor insulator or timber which is a better insulator (but nowhere near as good as the batts installed in the wall). Care needs to be taken to provide an effective “thermal break” between steel structural members and cladding materials to avoid flanking heat loss and even condensation problems. Like the building skin itself, window frames may be made of materials which are either good insulators like timber or plastics, good conductors like steel and aluminium or composites which take advantage of the best qualities of both. Glazing needs to be appropriate to the orientation, exposure and size of the window unit. There’s a huge range of options available to maximise the thermal and acoustic performance of glazed panels which includes specialised coatings, laminated films, tinting, reflective films and insulated glazing units (IGU’s). A standard double glazed IGU can more than double the insulation value of an appropriately framed window and further improvements are possible if one or more panes are thermally improved glass. Increasing the size of the air gap between the panes, or even filing it with argon gas, also substantially improves the performance of the window. The effectiveness of the combination of frames and glazings is readily comparable through the Window Energy Rating Scheme (WERS) with separate ratings for heating and cooling situations. High heating ratings are best for the Canberra region but cooling ratings can also be important for unshaded westerly windows. An effective skin with well placed windows also allows us to control the performance of the most useful tool we have for maintaining thermal comfort within a building designed for a ‘heating climate’, materials with thermal mass. They are slow to take up thermal energy and slow to give it up. This ‘reluctance’ to change temperature is known as thermal inertia or lag. We can take advantage of this characteristic with good passive solar design. Common building materials such as reinforced concrete (especially floors) and brickwork (interior walls) are placed where they can receive free solar energy during the day in winter. The stored warmth is released into the rooms through the night. In summer the same materials are protected from receiving thermal energy. They now have a cooling effect during the day after giving up any energy absorbed during the day to cooling natural cross ventilation over night.

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Sunconscious Design

Creating the Living House

Naturally Warm Naturally Cool Materials - the third factor • Insulation (including framing members) • Colour • Floor coverings • Embodied energy • Toxicity and LCA with Ventilation So we are relying on the skin of the building to act like a good esky to keep what’s inside at a constant temperature, hopefully without the need to pump energy into airconditioning and heating systems. Like an esky, the insulating materials are not particularly durable or pretty so we can choose from the entire range of exterior finishes for our building as long as the insulation is a good match. Reflective foils, cellular reflective foils, double walled reflective foils, foil faced insulating blankets, wall and ceiling batts, rigid foam panels and inserts, fibreglass, polyester, natural wool, rockwool, cellulose, EPS beads, non itch, recycled, recyclable, composite, bonded … often designated according to their heat flow resistance (called an R-value). The bigger the R-value, the better is the insulation. Insulation may even be inadvertent and detrimental. The beneficial thermal mass of an earth coupled concrete floor may be masked by choosing insulating floor coverings such as floating timber floors act winning homes 2011

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www.exemplary.com.au or carpeting; (However, if that floor is suspended and exposed to the cold air from beneath., that same insulating finish can improve the comfort of your home). If you aim to produce an energy efficient house and save a bundle on your energy bills then passive solar design and a well constructed skin protecting strategically placed thermal mass will get you there. If your aim is to build a house that is sustainable then you’ll need to consider whether the materials have come from a sustainable and renewable resource. Is it recycled or recyclable and what do I do with the waste? Is the product local and can locals install it? And how much energy is needed to produce and transport the material to site before it’s installed? Most building materials require a certain amount of energy to produce and transport to site before actually being incorporated into the building. This is called the embodied energy of the product and is measured in megajoules/kilogram (MJ/kg as in Lawson, 1996). A mud brick might be hand made on site from materials dug up on site and laid by local labour. The embodied energy in a mud brick wall that uses no cement would be almost nil, but to build a clay brick wall using cement mortar, the clay would be quarried, transported, processed, kiln fired, transported, probably up to three times before it arrives on site, moved around on site, and laid in cement mortar using sand which has no doubt travelled and cement which has been produced by a process even more energy intensive than brickmaking. However, the bricks are durable, reusable and recyclable so the life of the material relative to its embodied energy becomes a mitigating factor.

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Systems - the fourth factor

The meaning of Sustainability is often stretched to fit the circumstances. If we embrace the definition given in the Brundtland Report, or the concepts of ‘Cradle to Cradle’ Sustainability put to us by William McDonagh (McDonagh and Braungart, 2008), ideal materials should be renewable and infinitely recyclable in the environment without ever needing to be downgraded to a lesser product. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is used as a compelling argument for materials which may have a long service life when compared with the energy used to produce them, or have Stars 1 the potential for being recycled at the 1 $2,564 end of that life despite the fact that 2 $1,849 they may not come from a renewable 3 $1,642 resource. 4 $1,439 5 $1,240 Some materials are even toxic or 6 $1,044 potentially toxic to the environment but are marketed on the basis that they may help to reduce energy consumption during a long but single life. Some materials ‘off gas’, making the air quality within buildings unhealthy to the extent that we now have the phenomenon of ‘sick building syndrome’. Extra ventilation is usually used early on to control these effects until the ‘off gassing’ declines to negligible amounts in time. There’s usually a healthier alternative to materials which release potentially toxic chemicals and a growing awareness amongst manufacturers that consumers are aware of this.

Heaters and to a lesser extent coolers are almost as important as the house itself in determining the energy use and GHG emitted by a home. Most are now energy rated with a star scale so that we can calculate the combined impact of the home and appliance together. You can look up your combination of star ratings in the table below to see how much you might save by improving your house, your heater/cooler appliance or both.

Gas Furnace and Air Conditioner Energy Rating Stars

Dark colours soak up solar heat and grow hot. Light colours reflect most of it and stay cool. The choice of a light coloured or reflective roof covering will significantly reduce heat gain in summer when compared with darker colours in the same materials. By choosing a roof material that’s able to cool quickly when the sun goes down, the roof won’t continue to radiate heat into the ceiling cavity all night long in summer. However, those same effects will be beneficial in the winter so a darker roof will increase a house’s EER in Canberra’s climate.

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Home Energy Rating Stars (EER) 2 $1,425 $1,277 $1,134 $994 $856 $721

3 $1,008 $904 $802 $703 $606 $510

4 $739 $663 $588 $515 $444 $374

5 $560 $502 $445 $390 $336 $283

6 $426 $382 $339 $297 $256 $216

7 $311 $279 $247 $217 $187 $157

8 $199 $178 $158 $139 $120 $101

9 $92 $82 $73 $64 $55 $47

Annual Energy Costs for a 200 m2 single storey home

These tabulated values do not include for duct or pipe losses which can be huge in old systems. New ducts are required to have insulation of R1.5 (not even as good as the walls, let alone the ceilings even though the hottest air flows inside them). Before the regulations were introduced in 2006, R0.6 was most common and the worst systems had foil only spiral wound ducts with a very poor equivalent rating of R0.3. For a 200 m2 single storey home, there is typically 61.3 m of duct length with a surface area of 56.6 m² including junction boots exposed to the cold (and heat) of the roof space. The table below allows you to estimate how much you will save by choosing better ducts or replacing old substandard ones. Ironically, the lower is the rating of your home and heater/cooler the greater are your savings from upgrading your ducts.

We should all be encouraged to think carefully about our choices of building materials. Will our choices enhance our own well being without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs?

Assumes 180 m2²of conditioned area with a ratings standard 4-person household and with 85% of the energy demand being gas heating and the remaining 15% being refrigerative airconditioning at current Canberra fuel prices 2.0614 c/ MJ for gas and 15.598 c/kWh for electricity. At the time of printing, the release of new rates to apply from 1 July 2011 was imminent and expected to exceed a 10% hike, NSW rates having just risen by around 17%. No carbon tax is 96yet included in these increased prices

Heaters and coolers Ducts and pipes Hot water Water outlets Rainwater Grey water Solar electrics

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High Energy = 2-star house with 2-star appliances Low Energy = 6-star house with 6-star appliances 3

R1.5 is the minimum permitted in Canberra under the Building Code of Australia 2011

High Energy House Low Energy House

Ducts Foil Cooling $326 Heating $1,548

R0.6 $130 $405

R1.0 $84 $261

R1.5 $45 $138

R3.0 $28 $84

Cooling $128 Heater $849

$51 $222

$33 $143

$17 $76

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Indicative Annual Energy Costs from Ducts in the Ceiling of a 200 m2² one-storey home

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The annual savings shown here are only part of the story. For high rating homes with insulated ducts, the heater and cooler can be smaller (and cheaper) and still keep you comfortable year round at lower up front cost. And, of course, once the “price on carbon” is introduced, the savings will be even higher again. Hot water is a big cost for most homes – bigger than heating and cooling in mild coastal climates. Off peak electric systems are being phased out due to their large greenhouse gas emissions so that consumers must now choose between heat pump electric, solar and gas with the best systems being gas-boosted solar or instantaneous gas (5- or 6-star rating). Water outlets matter too. Low-flow shower heads can save half of the hot water in a family and another 10% can be saved through fitting aeraters to sink and hand-basin taps. and choosing high (WELS)-rating toilet suites. And big water using appliances like dishwashers and laundry equipment have water ratings as well as energy efficiency ratings to help you make sound selections in the beginning as well as at replacement time. Consumers can now receive support from the ACT Government for installing a rainwater collection system provided that it is connected with a pressure pump to toilet cisterns for flushing and grey-water treatment systems are commercially available which will render the non-toilet waste-water suitable for use in the garden. Both of these reduce the demand for mains water and reduce your bills from Actew. The ACT was a national leader in providing an attractive feed-in-tariff for consumers to sell their solar-generated electricity to the grid, making those systems costattractive. Typically a 2 kW system on an unshaded north-facing roof at 25° pitch will cost $8-9,000 nett of government support and earn the household $2,100 per year in sales to ActewAGL. With the end of the promotional scheme in May 2011, these annual earnings are reduced to around $700 for subsequent systems.

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Occupants - the fifth factor • • • • •

Ventilation and infiltration Window furnishings Thermostat settings and internal zoning Internal water use Irrigation

Efficient homes and appliances (those with high star ratings) provide the potential for low cost and comfortable, sustainable homes; but the way the family lives in the home and uses the appliances is just as important. Careless families can use over twice as much energy and water as attentive ones in identical situations – homes and appliances. Especially with single glazing, the choice of window furnishings is a key barrier to costly heat flow. Venetians and vertical venetians offer scant resistance to heat flow while insulating drapes or twin-wall blinds like Luxaflex Duettes, can insulate almost as well as double glazing. Light coloured backs assist in reflecting the sun out in an unshaded window in summer as well. Also, controlling the windows and curtains to let in the sun in winter and not in summer and let the breezes in on summer evenings helps get the best out of your home. Thermostat settings and internal zoning can also have a big impact on energy use. Letting unused rooms or zones of rooms go unheated (or uncooled) can achieve a saving commensurate with the floor area isolated. Similarly, a 1° change in thermostat setting can save up to 10% of the heating and cooling over a year as it shuts down the appliance in the more mild weather and does not work as hard when conditions outside are harsh. Internal water use is also up to the householders. Only doing full loads of dishes and laundry saves on water and hot water (where cold washes are not selected) as do shorter showers and less frequent baths. So too with gardening: drip irrigation and selection of native or other climate-fitting landscapes can save two thirds of the water traditionally used outside the house.

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Outcomes - what the 5 factors deliver • Energy savings • Greenhouse reductions • Water savings • Resale value The energy savings potential of the home and its heater and cooler systems with a little attention from the householders has already been described on page 96 but those savings also have the environmental benefit of reducing the greenhouse gases emitted by your home. For every $1 worth of electricity you buy (unless it’s GreenPower) you will be emitting over 7 kg of those gases. Similarly for natural gas, for every $1 you spend the emissions are just over 3 kg. Water savings also reap benefits in the form of lower bills. Every kilolitre (kL) that you save will reduce your bill by $4.66 and improve the water security of the ACT. Green Living has its attractions and as a result buyers are willing to pay extra for a home that fosters conservation and creative use of our resources. This is best seen in the EERs for homes advertised for sale or rent. Advertising websites let you sort by the number of stars to find a good one (or an old low rating one to re-model and enhance) and the Bureau of Stats (ABS, 2008) has found a strong connection between EER and sale price so your investment will come back to you in increased resale value. 98

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When you refurbish or extend your home it is the best opportunity in years to improve your Green Living at a low and affordable cost. If you are making extensive additions, more than 50% of the existing place, you will be required to bring the energy efficiency of the whole house up to current standards – an EER of 6 stars. More modest changes present an opportunity to improve the existing house at your option – only the new parts need to be built to modern standards provided they do not cause detriment to what already exists (perhaps by shading a north-facing window). But while the building trades are on site is a golden time for going the extra distance: top-up insulation in the roof, blow-in water repellent insulation inside the walls (brick veneer gets the equivalent of R3.0 from this technology), under-floor insulation, new colour schemes, ventilation controls, shades, new ducts in the roof, a solar water heater... creative enhancement of your comfort and shrinking of your environmental foot print is available in almost as many ways as for a new home.

The Building Sustainability Index (BASIX) is the environmental quality assessment process of the NSW Department of Planning applying to new housing and substantial extensions. It covers heating, cooling, hot water, appliances, lighting, water, waste water and landscaping and targets new developments as being 40% more efficient than the long term average for that climatic region. These target values are set on a per person basis and the number of bedrooms is used as the planning indicator of the number of people who will live in the proposed home. Compliance is demonstrated by inputting details of the new dwelling into the BASIX website (basix. nsw.gov.au). Householders can do this using the DIY option but the site does not protect you from making expensive selections and the site generates a list of key things that must be achieved in the finished dwelling which certifiers and councils will require before confirming completion to allow .occupancy.

And if you want to do better than merely meet current minimum standards of design and construction, there are many ways to do that too and to demonstrate to buyers that you have done so to reap the increase in resale value as well. The EER scale runs right up to 10 stars (a house that needs no heating nor cooling year round). In both cases, design is the key that allows your builder to bring your home into the 21st century at a manageable cost that pays for itself in a myriad of ways.

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As you enter data the site gives you feedback on the percentage of the long term average that your proposal will demand from the state’s electricity, gas, water and wastewater systems and not allow completion until the 40% better standard is attained. The site will also allow further improvements to be entered, such as a high performance house (say 7.5 stars) and display even greater reductions which can then be used as a marketing testimonial of the design. While the BASIX scheme recognises the nationwide house simulation software, it ignores the star ratings and sets instead separate heating and cooling energy “caps” so that the home must perform acceptably in summer and winter. Star ratings allow designs which excel in one season but underperform in the other. An example of this difference would be that the star scale would allow a large unshaded north-west window (good in winter, poor in summer) where BASIX would not – but BASIX approximates to a 5-star standard while most other jurisdictions have advanced to 6-stars.

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NatHERS Stars & Appliance Stars

• History of the ACT pre and post BCA 3 stars • Table of scales for NatHERS plus Heater/Cooler Stars • NatHERS and resale value • Other appliances In Australia, energy efficiency requirements for new housing began with mandatory minimum insulation levels required in the ACT and Victoria (and a few individual municipalities elsewhere) in the early 1990s. A more comprehensive scheme including simulation software followed a few years later in Victoria and the version of that program for the Ballarat uplands was renamed ACTHERS and adopted in the ACT under the Territory Plan with a 3-star phase in before requiring 4 stars in1996. In 2003, the housing star scale was adopted by the Building Code of Australia for houses, with the ACT confirming a 5-star standard along with most of the country at that time. Similar standards for flats and apartments followed a few years later. Unfortunately, the 5-star standard was set in the 1980s by an industry initiative led by Professor John Ballinger (UNSW) using the prestige of the term “5 Star” to denote what the innovative end of the housing industry was willing to adopt at that time. As a result, customers imagine now that the 5-star standard denotes high performance when it actually denotes standards too low to be permitted to be built. The scale is, however, future-proofed now by defining 10=star as zero energy for heating and cooling (but allowing some energy for dehumidification which normally happens integrally with cooling in air conditioning systems). Major electrical appliances have been star-rated for a similar period (energyratings.gov.au) and gas appliances more recently. In those cases, as is true for commercial buildings energy ratings too, 6-stars denotes excellence as it does in all other fields (like hotels and movie reviews). This presents a clash with customer expectations because home buyers think that 5- and 6-star homes are excellent rather than merely being compliant with modern minimum standards.

Support and further information

• HEAT • MBA members • Energy Partners • Ecospecifier • References The ACT Government funds a home energy audit and advice service for householders, house buyers, renters and those set to have a new design built anew. For advice, go to www.heat.net.au or phone 6260 6165 where you can also seek an audit of a pre-1996 home where the process begins with you providing them with confidential copies of your gas and electricity bills for at least the last 12 months. They also disseminate the “HEAT Fact Sheets” on a wide range of householder points of interest. For new homes, extensions and refurbishments, guidance can be found through Master Builders Association of the ACT members and, for a fee, from the Architects Institute Archicentre service.

www.mba.org.au I (02) 6280 9119 www.archicentre.com.au I 1300 134 513 Detailed evaluation of designs before they are built is available through Energy Partners in terms of energy and comfort and cost.

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About the Author Trevor Lee is the Director of Buildings with Energy Partners (see page 103) while Nigel Coates and Michaele d’Onofrio are designer-builders with SunConscious Design (see page 95).

Even so, the star rating (EER) has a significant impact on resale value and home-marketing websites allow sorting by EER to help buyers find homes reaching modern standards (or poor homes which will respond well to cost effective improvements during a refurbishment). The correlation between price and EER has been tracked in the ACT over 12 years and makes interesting reading (ABS, 2009).

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References ABS, Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2008, “Energy Efficiency Rating and House Price in the ACT”, published by the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts Bruntland, Gro Harlem, 1987, “Our Common Future”, World Commission on Environment and Development CIE, p&s, Energy Partners, 2010, Report for MBA, “Energy-efficiency: building code star-ratings What’s optimal, what’s not” Grey, Alan (ed.), 2002, “Green House Plans”, Earth Garden Books, Trentham, Victoria Lawson, Bill, 1996, “Building Materials, Energy and the Environment”, Royal Australian Institute of Architects, Canberra Wrigley, Derek, 2003, “Making your Home Sustainable”, Scribe, Melbourne NABERS Domestic www.nabers.com.au/home (National Australian Built Environment Rating System) NatHERS www.nathers.gov.au (Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme) WERS www.wers.net/howtoselectsustainablewindows (Window Energy Rating Scheme) Appliance Stars www.energyratings.gov.au act winning homes 2011

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