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A World-First Biofuel Flight

Earlier this year, Qantas pulled off the world’s first dedicated biofuel flight from the USA to Australia. Flight QF96 departed Los Angles on the 28th of Janurary, and landed in Melbourne 15 hours later, saving 18,000kg in carbon emissions.

Qantas’ biofuel of choice is processed from Brassa Carinata (a kind of mustard seed) developed by Agrisoma Biosciences.  The partnership between Qantas and Agrisoma will see both companies work alongside Australian farmers with the aim of growing Australia’s first commercial aviation biofuel seed crop by 2020.

For more information on the historic flight and Qantas’ future plans, check out the article here.

Combining Sustainability and Luxury – Sunrise at 1770

Sunrise at 1770 combines high-end luxury housing with a strong emphasis on sustainability and the conservation of the surrounding nature reserve. The multi-award-winning housing development spans six beaches and 625 hectares along Australia’s stunning eastern coastline, but is more than just a luxury gated community.

While the community offers permanent and holiday residents a slew of state-of-the-art facilities (pools, tennis courts, volleyball courts, and dining pavilions are just a few) it strives to be more than just an idyllic holiday destination.  Sunset at 1770 embraces best environmental practice and excellence in design technology in order to ensure that sustainability remains a foundational goal throughout its design and operation.  It’s exactly the sentiment that the AGDF seeks to foster and support in Australian Development.

For more information and some gorgeous pictures, check out the Sunrise at 1770 website.

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.