The people-first, architect-driven Nightingale Housing development model has been recognized for its commitment to sustainability, with Breathe Architecture’s Nightingale 1 taking out the built environment category at the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards.
Nightingale 1, the first project to be built under the Nightingale model, aims to deliver 20 homes with an average star rating of 8.2 stars, a shared 18Kw solar array and a lush rooftop garden. Slated to be completed in November 2017, it is one of five Nightingale projects currently under development around Australia, with each project focussed on being environmentally, financially and socially sustainable.
Breathe Architecture founding director Jeremy McLeod instigated the Nightingale model after the completion of The Commons, a sustainable apartment development, which received the David Oppenheim Award for Sustainable Architecture at the 2014 National Architecture Awards.
Nightingale Housing is founded it on the belief that architects, through collaboration, “can drive real change” to existing ways of developing apartments.
Located opposite The Commons in Brunswick, Nightingale 1 was recognized at the awards for its “spacious, generous, simple, affordable and sustainable” credentials.
Also recognized at the awards was the New Bendigo Hospital, designed by Bates Smart and developed by the Exemplar Health consortium.
Exemplar Health was named winner in the large business category and received the Premier’s Regional Recognition Award for its role in developing the largest regional hospital in Victoria. The project was praised for its commitment to all aspects of sustainability, including temperature, daylight and airflow along with energy consumption and collection.
Moreland City Council took out the government category, in recognition of its plan to tackle the urban heat island effect. Billed as “a Victorian first,” the council’s Urban Heat Island Effect Action Plan 2016–2026 maps out projects required to transition to a “cooler, greener and more liveable city.”
Melbourne company eWater Systems won the overall award, the Premier’s Recognition Award, for developing “water splitting technology,” which can be used to clean and sanitize facilities, such as hospitals, completely chemical free.
Organized by Sustainability Victoria, the awards are now in their fifteenth year. Sustainability Victoria interim chief executive Stephanie Ziersch said the awards showed how management of environmental issues was of growing importance.
She said of the winners, “Your contributions will have positive long-term effects on our society and our way of life.”