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Model – Australian ecovillage receives sustainability awards

Posted in Models by fedwards on July 20th, 2008

Posted on the InfoLink website, www.infolink.com.au, is a story about how the Gold Coast’s Ecovillage at Currumbin has recently been awarded three prestigious sustainability awards. Please find an abstract of this article below and to view the entire article visit http://www.infolink.com.au/c/Ritek-Building-Solutions/Australian-ecovillage-receives-sustainability-awards-n806190.

Australian ecovillage receives sustainability awards
The Ecovillage has been acknowledged as the world leader in ecologically sustainable development. Beating more than 100 international commercial and residential developments, the Ecovillage took out the highest honour in word real estate Environmental Development category at the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI) Prix d’Excellence Awards in the Netherland’s recently. In the same week, the Ecovillage was awarded the United Nations Association of Australia’s Environmental Development Award.

The Housing Industry Association (HIA) has just announced the GreenSmart Award for the Australian Building of the year and the winner is, you’ve guessed it – an Ecovillage building, the Living Laboratory Home.

At the heart of the award winning home is the roof, providing many unexpected benefits to designer Will Collins. Will said, “The owner originally specified the Ritek custom roof panel which I had not incorporated in my designs before. The roof’s strength allows for large unsupported spans of up to 8 metres and the sleek aesthetic curves complement the Ecovillage’s unique natural environment. The brilliant cantilever capability of up to half the back span provides protection from the summer sun. The thin profile and simplicity of construction meant that supports such as purlins and rafters were unnecessary. The galvanised finish on the roof also ensures high quality water is harvested from the rain and dew.”

To view the entire article visit http://www.infolink.com.au/c/Ritek-Building-Solutions/Australian-ecovillage-receives-sustainability-awards-n806190.

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