The Building Designers Association of Australia is proud to announce the winners of the 2020 BDAA National Design Awards; those entries judged the most sustainable and stylish residential and commercial building designs, as created by BDAA members. In a Nov. 13 virtual awards announcement, the only national association dedicated to promoting excellence and sustainabilty in building design paid tribute to their choices for the very finest building designs of 2020.

Whether any given design is residential, commercial, or industrial, it is the function, style and sustainability that truly make for a winning building design, not to mention the very core of the Australian built environment.

“The BDAA honours our exalted members, who every day energise, beautify, sustain and reinvent the built environment here in Australia by consistently producing building designs that are winning in every aspect,” read a related news release. “In honouring and spotlighting the built creations of BDAA members, the association dedicated to supporting and enhancing the Australian built environment and those who design it spotlights the very best of designs from those skilled, creative building designers set to build a better world. Their win is your win as we all unite to create a more sustainable, safe and stylish Australia.”

The overall winner of this year’s BDAA National Design Excellence awards went to Talina Edwards for her Owl Woods Passive House.

This innovative approach to high performance homes is still new in Australia – the Owl Woods Passive House is a leading example as 1 of the first 20 certified Passivhaus projects in the entire country – however this number is growing.

This project demonstrates that the stringent requirements to achieve this certification can work in harmony with good architectural design.

To respond to the climate crisis, we need to be designing buildings with a lower carbon-footprint, and Passivhaus projects can deliver on net-zero buildings due to their high-performance “fabric-first” approach which ensures very low operational energy.

Clients who are building their ‘forever home’ place high value on quality, comfort and health. A home is a significant investment, and they wanted the quality assurance that a Certified Passive House delivers – with quantifiable predictability of performance. The additional outlay to achieve this was estimated at less than 10%. The operational energy of a CPH can be 90% lower than a standard home, resulting in substantial savings in running costs over the life of building.

Talina Edwards Architecture: elemental design studio is an award-winning practice based in regional Victoria. The dedicated team of three women are passionate about creating healthy, beautiful, functional, comfortable and sustainable architecture. Talina is a Certified Passive House Designer, which is rigorous training to an international standard to deliver the healthiest, highest-performing and lowest-energy buildings in the world. Talina embraces this scientific, rational and practical side of architecture, as well as the more creative and intuitive path to design. She employs a holistic and collaborative approach, integrating biophilic design to improve our wellbeing by connecting to nature. Talina is committed to the ideology of the ‘Living Future Institute’ which aims to redirect our future towards a society that is socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative.

Now presenting the full list of winners of the 2020 BDAA National Design Awards: