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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.

AGDF Accepts New President

John Tuxworth has been elected the new President of the Australian Green Development Forum, with immediate Past President, Mark Thomson continuing on with the Board in the capacity of Chairman of the Events Committee. Mark leaves behind a legacy of hard work, creativity and ‘big picture’ thinking, and the Board is truly grateful for his longstanding and significant contribution to the AGDF as President.

In addition to a practicing sustainability professional, green development advocate, and long-time supporter and board member of the Australian Green Development Forum, the incumbent AGDF President John Tuxworth is also the Managing Director of Built Environment Collective (BE Collective), a multidiscipline construction industry consultancy.

John’s commitment to sustainability is evident through his work with BE Collective, which seeks to promote a multidiscipline approach to design and management with a strong emphasis on Triple Bottom Line Sustainability. BEC believes that sustainability should be a foundational aspect of the design process from the get-go, and John’s focus on sustainable initiatives led him to become one of the few structural/civil specialists to be accredited as a Green Star Professional.  John’s work in ESD related projects include Modulo, his flatpack emergency shelter design; the Suan Lum Sustainable Masterplan in Bangkok; Hercules Street Apartments, Lot 7 Kelvin Grove Urban Village Apartments, and River Community Centre sustainability concepts.

John says he will lead the board to reinvigorate AGDF’s position as a focal point in Australia for a greener future.  “We will be inviting increased collaboration with allied industry bodies in order to provide education and inspiration.”

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