November GSLF Deborah Craig presentation We had a full-house turn out to hear insights on sustainable, residential projects at this month’s Green Speed Learning Forum (GSLF) held on November 13 at Sneaky Sneaky (formerly Tonic Cafe & Bar).

Andy Ling from Positive Change Buildings discussed the renovation of a post-war Queenslander using the Living Building Challenge which is widely considered to be the most stringent green building standard in the world.  Andy took us through the flower metaphor for the framework and explained its seven performance areas including: site, water, energy, health and happiness, materials, equity and beauty and how these were incorporated into his project.

Deborah Craig of Borgelt & Craig Architects shared personal insight into the question of whether to retain or demolish an old timber cottage when designing a project on an existing house block.  Deborah discussed two projects, one in which a building was demolished and the other retained, and talked through the sustainable building approaches that were taken for each.

Paul Worroll presented examples of adaptive re-use and the lessons learnt by Reddog Architects. Paul took us through two innovative residential projects where he encouraged his clients to create outdoor pavillions and living areas rather than incorporate air conditioning. 

Thanks go out to all our speakers: Andy Ling, Deborah Craig and Paul Worroll, and sponsors BE Collective, Sneaky Sneaky (formerly Tonic Cafe and Bar), and Verde Design.

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