The bank that pauses your mortgage whilst you switch to solar

‘The bank that pauses your mortgage whilst you switch to solar…’ Bank Australia. 

We have recently spotted an especially exciting promotion. Bank Australia is encouraging their customers towards sustainability by pausing their home loan repayments while they make the switch to solar power.  An excellent initiative and an exciting sign that big companies are sensing, responding to, and increasingly encouraging a greener & cleaner future.

New AGDF Board Members

In addition to the recent appointment of John Tuxworth as President, the AGDF board is excited to welcome to the board Karen Greaves and Loreta Brazukas. Karen Greaves (Principal Engineer – Advanced Design, Aecom) will be filling the position of Treasurer, while Loreta Brazukas (Senior ESD Consultant, Floth Sustainable Building Consultants) will be handling the CPD Portfolio.

Both women bring to bear considerable development expertise, as well as a passion for sustainability. (PS – Check out our article on Floth’s new office here)

The 2018 AGDF Board stands as follows:

  • President: John Tuxworth (Managing Director, BE Collective)
  • VP: Cameron Hoffman (Principal – Planning Australia Asia Pacific, RPS)
  • Secretary: Natasha Prasek (Associate, PDT Architects)
  • Treasurer: Karen Greaves (Principal Engineer – Advanced Design, Aecom)
  • Events Portfolio & Past Pres: Mark Thomson (Architect -Director, Eco Effective Solutions)
  • CPD Portfolio: Loreta Brazukas (Senior ESD Consultant, Floth Sustainable Building Consultants)
  • Memberships Portfolio: Chris Mahoney (Director, VERDé Design Group)
  • Web/IT Portfolio: Rashan Senanayake (Design Director, Inspired Design)

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AGDF Corporate sponsor takes out CIA Award for Excellence

The Concrete Institute of Australia recently announced the winners for the 2017 Awards for Excellence in Concrete. The Queensland Residential category was taken out by none other than the AGDF’s very own Corporate sponsor, Built Environment Collective with their stunning Clifftop House project.

Joe Adsett Architects chose John Tuxworth and the team at BE Collective to provide coordinated Structural and Hydraulic consulting engineering services for the project. The Clifftop House project dramatically transformed a low-set brick home into a spectacular 5-bedroom triumph, spanning three floors with a pool, gym, green roof and breath-taking river views from its cliff-top perch. Off form concrete was used to create sharp, tectonic elements that respond to, and jut out above, the sheer cliff face below. Internally, these hard finishes are countered by sumptuous, warm materials to create a safe, comfortable and nurturing residential environment – almost as if hewn out of the cliff face itself.

BE Collective has been a long-time supporter of the Australian Green Development Forum and is looking forward to becoming more closely involved as John Tuxworth – BEC’s managing director – was recently elected AGDF president.

AGDF CPD and Events Committees

Are you passionate about CPD, learning, and collaborating with like-minded industry professionals? Consider joining one of the AGDF Committees.

Our Events Committee members deliver the Green Speed Learning Form and the twice-yearly Main Event conference, providing inspirational face-to-face forums for learning, collaboration & networking. By joining our Events Committee you’ll be keeping your finger on the pulse of Australia’s sustainable development community.

Our CPD Committee members are responsible for identifying and preparing relevant CPD content to disseminate to the AGDF community across our various delivery platforms, including online webinars. By joining the CPD committee you be ensuring you are at the forefront of sustainable knowledge.

Put your hand up to join one of our committees here.

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