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And the Glossies Awards winners are...

Eight environmental champions were tonight rewarded for their contribution to the Coast's sustainability at the 2010 Glossies Awards.

The Awards, hosted by Sunshine Coast Council, are the premier accolade recognising and celebrating the communities' achievements in sustainable building design, land use, sustainable transport and environmentally friendly business.

Council's Manager of Environment Policy Dr Steve Skull said this year's recipients were a very environmentally focused and inspirational group.

"This year's entries were outstanding in all categories---all of the winners, finalists and entrants have taken significant steps to achieve a more sustainable lifestyle," Dr Skull said.

"The variety of award entries demonstrates how the whole of the Sunshine Coast is working together to make us Australia's most sustainable region."

Winning entries utilised a combination of design elements such as natural ventilation and clever technology as well as attention to resource use and personal dedication to sustainability.

The two new categories---Living Smart Solutions and EnvironBusiness---were very popular and had the largest number of finalists.

Dr Skull said that there were eight outstanding winners in total, with two entrants even winning two categories.

"All winners were able to demonstrate how their project combined innovative ideas, with smart green choices to create great sustainability solutions," Dr Skull said.

"They are a real source of inspiration for us all and I congratulate them on being named winners and finalists of the Sunshine Coast Council's 2010 Living Smart Glossies Awards."

The winners are:

* University of the Sunshine Coast Golden Glossy Award for Excellence in Sustainable Design---Residential Construction under $350K
Robert Stynes, Buderim

* University of the Sunshine Coast Golden Glossy Award for Excellence in Sustainable Design---Professional Construction under $350K
Aboda Design Group, Noosa Heads

* University of the Sunshine Coast Golden Glossy Award for Excellence in Sustainable Design---Professional Construction over $350K
WD Architects, Cooran

* TravelSmart Sustainable Transport Award Melissa Tong, Noosa

* Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE Living Smart Solutions Award Worms Downunder, Montville

* Noosa Biosphere Sunshine Coast EnvironBusiness Award
Worms Downunder, Montville JOINT WINNER (as above)
Sheraton Noosa Resort and Spa JOINT WINNER

* Resource Saver Award---Residential Robert Stynes, Buderim

* Resource Saver Award---Professional Archicology Architects, Coolum Beach

* Edible Landscape Award Yandina Community Garden, Yandina

The finalists are:
* University of the Sunshine Coast Golden Glossy Award for Excellence in Sustainable Design---Residential Construction under $350K
Adam Dew, Peregian Springs
Phil Moran and Kim Maddison, Cooran

* University of the Sunshine Coast Golden Glossy Award for Excellence in Sustainable Design---Professional Construction over $350K
Gomango Architects, Moffat Beach

* Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE Living Smart Solutions Award
Edible Landscapes Consultants, Marcus Beach
Sunshine Coast Environment Council and Ingenero, Nambour
Action Tanks
The Buildmore Group, Caloundra
Ozzi Kleen, Kunda Park
Rosina Buckman, Tewantin

* Noosa Biosphere Sunshine Coast EnvironBusiness Award
The Buildmore Group, Caloundra
QLD Complete Printing Services, Nambour

* Edible Landscape Award
Veggie Village, Peregian Beach
Our Lady of the Rosary, Caloundra

Winners received a "feather" trophy made from recycled aluminium car pistons, with a base made from Camphor Laurel - a wide-spread weed in SEQ. The trophy represents 'closing the loop' and turning potential waste into a resource.

The winners and finalists in nine categories were announced at The Events Centre, Caloundra tonight (Saturday 26 June), and were selected by a panel of local leaders and experts.

This year's winners and finalists will be the first to use the Glossies Awards emblem to promote that their business, services and / or goods are sustainable. It was designed to inspire residents and businesses to choose sustainable goods and services.

The Glossies Awards were proudly sponsored by the Green Pages, the University of the Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE, TravelSmart (a voluntary travel behaviour change program that encourages people to use sustainable travel modes such as public transport, walking, cycling and carpooling), and Noosa Biosphere.

Summary of winner and finalist entries
Winners

* University of the Sunshine Coast Golden Glossy Award for Excellence in Sustainable Design---Residential Construction under $350K
Robert Stynes, Buderim
Robert won for his resort-style home at Buderim. While this property was recognised in another award for its resource efficiency, it also incorporates vegetable and herb gardens; a Watertech grey and black water waste disposal system; and building materials that are low in embodied energy. Native vegetation provides habitat, food, shelter and shade for birds, kangaroos and marsupials.

* University of the Sunshine Coast Golden Glossy Award for Excellence in Sustainable Design---Professional Construction under $350K
Aboda Design Group, Noosa Heads
The Aboda Design Group created a market ready display home which adheres to 'green smart' principles, to compete in the project-home market. Engaged by Adam Dew, Aboda Design Group designed the Peregian Springs home. They met the client's brief by creating a durable structure which maximises solar exposure and captures solar energy; allows for water harvesting; incorporates recycled building products and local materials; is well oriented; is water and energy efficient; and minimises bulk earthwork.

* University of the Sunshine Coast Golden Glossy Award for Excellence in Sustainable Design---Professional Construction over $350K
WD Architects, Cooran
WD Architects won for the new library resource centre at Noosa Pengari Steiner School in Doonan. They worked with James Burrell Commercial Builders and the School community to create an energy-efficient design that uses sustainably-sourced timbers; low-embodied energy materials and non-toxic finishes; with universal accessibility; water-saving features; minimal impact on the surrounding bushland; and plans for edible gardens.

* TravelSmart Sustainable Transport Award
Melissa Tong, Noosa
Melissa Tong is a passionate cyclist commuter and rides from Noosa to her workplace, the Cooroy Library -- a daily return trip of more than 60 kilometres. She was recently the driving force behind encouraging her workmates to participate in the TravelSmart Sunshine Coast Workplace Challenge. Melissa's workmates, who would normally drive to work; rode to work, car-pooled and caught public transport as a result of her encouragement and support. Melissa also promotes sustainable transport to the community through the library.

* Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE Living Smart Solutions Award
Worms Downunder, Montville, for their Worm Habitats
In 2008, Worms Downunder developed the Worm Habitat to provide medium-scale worm farms for domestic and commercial applications. In Australia, more than 60 percent of waste arriving at landfill is organic waste that can be easily processed by worms. Until the development of the Worm Habitat range however, worm farms systems on the market were hobby-sized and unable to cope with all organic waste from a residence. The Worm Habitats range are cost-effective, Australian made, and help to reduce carbon emissions at the household and business level.

* Noosa Biosphere Sunshine Coast EnvironBusiness Award
Worms Downunder, Montville JOINT WINNER
Having adopted a Life Cycle Thinking philosophy, the Worms Downunder team consider the life cycle implications of all day-to-day company practices. As a result, they have attained water self-sufficiency, minimised energy use, and significantly improved recycling standards.

Sheraton Noosa Resort and Spa JOINT WINNER
As an EcoBiz program partner, the Resort uses water efficient tap nozzles, shower heads, and pool filters, as well as solar hot water heating in the outdoor spa. Rain water tanks top-up the pool and a BioBin assists in waste recycling. The list goes on... It's no wonder that the resort has been chosen as the pilot hotel for the worldwide Starwood Hotels & Resorts "Make a Green Choice" program.

* Resource Saver Award---Residential
Robert Stynes, Buderim
Robert is being recognised for his resort-style home at Buderim. The house maintains the integrity of the environment, while incorporating the convenience of modern living. It is positioned to ensure passive solar design and cross ventilation, while the solar power system meets 93 percent of the householders' peak energy requirements. There are so many facets to this design---this house is amazing.

* Resource Saver Award---Professional
Archicology Architects, Coolum Beach
Archicology Architects integrated resource efficiencies into the design of a Coolum Beach home that backs onto a waterway. The duplex maximises land use and assists in increasing urban density in an existing town area. Located 350 metres from the ocean, they were designed to capture ocean breezes and incorporate insulation and wide eaves, photovoltaic solar power system, a greywater harvesting system, recycled stone bench tops - and the list goes on. The judges were impressed that so many materials were locally-made.

* Edible Landscape Award
Yandina Community Garden, Yandina
The Yandina Community Garden is an educational facility set up on more than 3,300 square metres to demonstrate practical ways to be more sustainable. The garden educates locals on vegetables and plants that are suitable to the local climate, composting, deep litter and worm castings, 'aquaponics', and reducing their ecological footprint. Yandina Community Gardens runs regular courses, workshops, garden tours and demonstrations...all with the aim on showing people that they can 'have their landscape, and eat it too'!

Finalists
* University of the Sunshine Coast Golden Glossy Award for Excellence in Sustainable Design---Residential Construction under $350K
Adam Dew, Peregian Springs
The home at 204 'The Avenue', Peregian Springs, uses skylights, glazing, a solar-powered extraction fan, ceiling fans, insulation, solar electricity and hot water system, rainwater tanks, and energy efficient lighting. Decking and screening was constructed out of Modwood -- made from 90 percent recycled plastic milk containers; while internal flooring is made from bamboo.

Phil Moran and Kim Maddison, Cooran
This home in Cooran uses little mains power and no town water -- relying on solar electricity from a stand-alone photovoltaic system and water harvested on the property. Located within the Burrawingee Nature Reserve, the owners were careful to construct the house with minimal vegetation clearing. House lighting is low-wattage LED, wastewater is managed through an Ozzi Kleen system, and the house incorporates water and energy efficient appliances.

* University of the Sunshine Coast Golden Glossy Award for Excellence in Sustainable Design---Professional Construction over $350K
Gomango Architects, Moffat Beach
Gomango are nominated for what they refer to as a 'highly-insulated sustainable beach shack' at Currimundi. The three-storey house is built around a courtyard of preserved mature paperbarks and palms, and extensive measures were taken during construction to retain the existing vegetation. The home incorporates LED lighting; solar hot water; water-saving devices; excellent cross-ventilation and air flow; a 10,000 litre below-ground water tank; as well as an edible landscape in the form of bush food trees and gingers.

* Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE Living Smart Solutions Award
Edible Landscapes Consultants, Marcus Beach for their Edible Landscape Services
Edible Landscapes Consultants is a coalition of gardening, permaculture, education and community-building experts dedicated to empowering the community to grow their own food. The services they provide include: the Edible Schoolyards Program; assistance for householders and retirement villages; partnerships with local governments and community groups; and developing community gardens. ELC's services include permaculture consultancy, design, education, installation, advice and workshop facilitation.

Sunshine Coast Environment Council and Ingenero, for their 1,000 Solar Roofs Challenge
As part of its wider campaign to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions on the Coast, the Sunshine Environment Council -- SCEC -- created and implemented the 1,000 Solar Roofs Challenge. The project's aim was to put solar panels on the rooftops of 1,000 homes across the region. SCEC sought a supplier of quality solar power systems at bulk-buy rates, and the business was won by Ingenero. The program was a great success -- resulting in new solar panels on the rooftops of homes in 21 of the 30 Sunshine Coast postcodes. More than 550 solar power systems have been installed in the greater Caloundra postcode alone.

Action Industries Pty Ltd, Noosaville, for the Watermarked Action Switch Box
Based in Noosaville, Action Tanks are a leading manufacturer of quality rainwater tanks, rain harvesting, waste water and storm water management solutions. The Watermarked Action Switch Box is a complete pre-assembled mains water diversion system for above ground tanks, that automatically controls the water supply for non-drinking applications the system in durable, reduces installation and maintenance costs, and facilitates water conservation in the home.

The Buildmore Group, Caloundra, for the Women into Housing Building Showcase
The Buildmore Women into Housing Building Showcase involved the construction of a showcase home in at Bellfower in Sippy Downs. The project had two key purposes: to elevate awareness and acceptance of women in the building industry; and to build a house that demonstrates industry best practice and sustainable design. Through installation of a photovoltaic grid, the house's external energy usage was decreased to zero, earning the design a six-and-a-half star energy rating. The project also focussed on educating the public and budding building professionals on sustainable house design.

Ozzi Kleen, Kunda Park, for their Greywater Treatment System GTS10
The dedicated Ozzi Kleen team at Suncoast Wastewater Management develop and manufacture wastewater recycling systems for domestic and commercial use. After nearly two decades with non-septic sewage recycling systems, the Ozzi Kleen team has now created the Greywater Treatment System GTS10 for household use.

Rosina Buckman, Tewantin, for her courses on environmental sustainability
Over the last 12 months, Rosina has been working closely with Sunshine Coast libraries to develop and present courses on environmental sustainability. These sessions have covered topics such as 'How to grow your own veggie' and 'How to keep chooks in your backyard'. Rosina has been responsible for educating more than 1,000 locals who, through feedback, have said they have passed on what they have learned to between three and 10 other people. The impact of Rosina's sessions spreads right across the Coast, and as such, she is literally impacting on the future sustainability of the region.

* Noosa Biosphere Sunshine Coast EnvironBusiness Award
The Buildmore Group, Caloundra
Through their Women into Building Housing Showcase, Buildmore taught staff and contractors the importance of embracing environmental efficiencies and advancements, and that these literally, would not cost the earth. They also have guided their team in embracing sustainable housing design and construction.

QLD Complete Printing Services, Nambour
Queensland Complete Printing Services in Nambour focuses on eliminating waste within their business. In what has traditionally been one of the 'dirtiest' and most wasteful industries, the QPrint team now run their entire operations on 100 percent Green Energy, without increasing their costs. They harvest 100 percent of the water they use in production off their factory roof, and recycle 95 percent of all their waste. They use soy-based inks, and only use papers with strong environmental accreditation.

* Edible Landscape Award
Veggie Village, Peregian Beach
The Veggie Village community garden is based on a platform of community education, sustainability, organic food production, healthy lifestyle promotion, social interaction and community spirit. It currently has more than 75 members of all ages, is wheelchair accessible, and membership is open to all. Veggie Village conducts monthly gardening education workshops, and is currently developing partnerships with schools and other community groups.

Our Lady of the Rosary, Caloundra
The students and families of Our Lady of the Rosary set up their garden with the help of Leonie Shanahan of Edible School Gardens in August 2009. Designed by the students, the garden has become central to the activity of the school community. Teachers integrate garden experiences into the curriculum -- children create garden journals, compose songs, and make science observations. The garden has also inspired school families to plant their own veggies. To support this, the school will offer an organic gardening course for beginners in August.

Sunshine Coast Council
26 June 2010

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