Speed date a designer at Tweed Home Expo

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Got grand designs for a sustainable home, eco-oasis or green getaway? Anyone who is building, renovating or retrofitting can receive expert advice at the Speed Date a Sustainable Designer event, proudly sponsored by Bond University, that will be held as part of this year’s Northern Rivers ‘Build it Local’ Sustainable House Day Design Competition.

The opportunity to speed date a designer is part of national celebrations that mark Sustainable House Day. In 2017, the Northern Rivers design competition will be part of Tweed Shire Council’s ‘Living for the Future’ Home Expo, providing a platform for people interested in sustainable building to network, get advice and be inspired.

Visitors are encouraged to bring plans, sketches and photos to the Tweed Home Expo at the Seagulls Club on Saturday, 16 September. Find your dream designer, get some free green building advice, and find out who this year’s professional, community and youth design competition winners are.

“Speed Date a Sustainable Designer was a great success at last year’s Expo, with all sessions booking out. I think it’s going to become a regular feature of the event,” Sustainable House Day Design Competition Coordinator Andia Cally said.

“The Expo provides a fantastic chance to see what clever design ideas and products are out there and find inspiration to build a house that gives you all the comforts of the 21st century while being gentle on the environment.”

The Bond University Faculty of Society & Design is the 2017 Speed Date a Sustainable Designer sponsor.

Bond University is home to Australia’s first six-star green-rated building and the youngest school of architecture, where innovative environmental and sustainable design is a major focus.

“An understanding of the need for sustainable design and living, through exhibitions and public forums such as the Tweed Home Expo, is becoming ever more important,” Professor Adrian Carter, Head of Architecture at Bond University’s Abedian School of Architecture, said.

“If awareness and enthusiasm for environmental issues can be instilled from an early age through popular events that appeal to young people, we will all benefit. I look forward to meeting environmentally engaged fellow architects and designers of all ages, together with members of the community in September.”

Entries for the 2017 Sustainable House Day ‘Build it Local’ Design Competition are open until 1 September, with $5000 in cash and prizes on offer and the option to be part of the Speed Date a Sustainable Designer event.

For more information and entry details, visit www.sustainablehousedaynr.org.

The 2017 Sustainable House Day Design Competition and awards showcase is a joint project between Lismore City Council, Byron Shire Council, Ballina Shire Council, Tweed Shire Council, Nimbin Neighbourhood & Information Centre, TAFE NSW, Self Seed Sustainability and Dorroughby Environment Educational Centre, coordinated by Andia Cally.

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