A GRANITE Belt builder has received top honours in one of the most coveted categories of the 2017 Queensland Housing and Construction Awards.
GHC Building Solutions Pty Ltd from Stanthorpe won the Queensland Excellence in Sustainable Living Award for its Breeze Solarium House.
The awards cater for entrants ranging from apprentices to trade contractors and small family businesses to the biggest names in the building and construction industry.
As winners of the Downs and Western Regional Awards for Excellence in Sustainable Living, GHC went on to be finalists at the Queensland state awards in the same category and won big there, too.
The category celebrates homes that meld a modest footprint on the environment and knock-out design.
GHC Building Solutions owner Guy Collier worked with the architect and client to deliver a passive solar design that minimises heating and cooling requirements, makes use of natural light and reduces ongoing maintenance.
Guy said the home's location in Ballandean and its unique design presented some construction obstacles.
"There were some challenges due to varying angles and ceiling heights throughout the building, its remote location and the use of many non-standard features and materials,” Guy said.
The home's design involved the careful study of the sun's path to ensure that sunshine fills the house during the cooler months.
The breeze solarium, a major feature of the design, consists of doors and windows to create a veranda in the middle of the house to optimise breezes in the warmer months.
The result is a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home that strikes a balance between environmental initiatives and beautiful design.
To top off the success in the Queensland Excellence in Sustainable Living category, Guy was also presented with the Rising Star' award at the Downs and Western Regional Awards.
"We will now go on to be finalists at the national competition held later this year,” he said.
Guy and the team specialise in custom-built homes and love working with a wide range of clients to meet their needs. The team are proud of their success so far and look forward to further serving the community.
"We'd particularly like to make mention of the terrific team behind us, both of our own employees, but also local trade contractors and suppliers.”