Thursday, October 21, 2010

Home sweet home

The new residents are settling into the house, adjusting to the change from a grand old Queensland to a sleek new home, and finding places for their belongings. Some technology glitches are being ironed out but the garden has been well watered with all the recent rain, the tanks are full and the owners are enjoying their new space.

The front garden's strawberries which fruited at completion of construction are fruiting again, much to the delight of the local bush turkeys and the owners' son.
The water tank beneath the courtyard is full and ready to be used on the garden and pool when the weather dries up.Mint and native violets are filling up between the pavers outside the Laundry and Kitchen.The pool is enjoyed for a dip after kayaking on the river.

Monday, October 18, 2010

BPN Sustainability Awards

Emma Scragg was fortunate to be able to attend the BPN Sustainability Awards and received the award for "Single Dwelling - New" on behalf of Riddel Architecture. This is really an award for all those responsible for achieving such a thoroughly sustainable building - the dedicated building team, Robert Peagram Builders, our unwavering clients, the Riddel Architecture team (most staff helped out at some point over the 5 years) and all the consultants and suppliers that helped complete the picture.

Thank you to everyone involved.Emma receiving award from sponsor Daniel Strebel from Geberit

Friday, October 8, 2010

Publication update

The Ecohouse has been published yet again – this time in Ukraine and India. The count is up to 43 publications (plus the TV segment) and 19 countries!! We’ve pinpointed on the world map all the countries who have featured the house. Hopefully this is a sign of design for greener homes globally.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

A state award for the building team!

Last Friday (1st October), Robert Peagram Builders were awarded the Sustainable Living Award at the Master Builders' State Housing and Construction Awards. This was following winning the Brisbane award for the same category. "Can you see my cumerbund?" was the question that caused the laughter below - L-R Emma Scragg (Project Architect), Alison Orr (Project Manager), Rob Peagram, Miki Hall (Project Manager)
The house is a finalist in the BPN Sustainability Awards and the Banksia Awards, to be announced in Sydney next week.