Home Design Magazine Australian Living Green Interior Awards “shines the light on those who choose green interior products for homes, offices, shops, educational facilities, hotels, restaurants and bars.” The Awards were created in 2012 by Australian Living, a sustainable building consultancy who is dedicated to spreading awareness of the benefits related to green buildings inside and out.
Australian Living opened its doors in 2008 with a clear vision – every building should be as green and sustainable as possible.
“We believe that it is important for industry professionals and homeowners to choose interior products that are healthy for the users, manufacturers, suppliers and the environment. These Awards are all about product use and not structural interior design.” Anthony Lieberman, Marketing and Communications Manager at Australian Living ,explaining the rationale behind these Awards.
I love that the focus is on the actual Interior Design and Decoration, which is my passion, and that this sounds like healthy planet, healthy people, healthy home in action.
I had a chat with Anthony who is also very passionate about spreading the word when it comes to green and sustainable building and this is definitely not just a “talking the talk” approach. You can see from their website, how committed the business are to working in a sustainable way and it came through when we spoke. They are also very excited about how these awards have gone from strength to strength in such a short time. I am thinking this is partly due to the groundswell of people out there who are starting to realise this is the only way to go and not only that, it is better. This is reflected in the caliber of Sponsors, Supporters and Judges they have attracted.
For the 2013/14 Awards, Australian Living wanted to increase the awareness of the Awards so the decision was made to partner with a major magazine publisher who shared a similar philosophy. This is where Universal Magazines came on board, which is a real win. They are Australia’s largest publisher of home media, including Home Design Magazine.
“We welcome the opportunity to provide a mass market platform to a worthy cause,” said Publisher Janice Williams. “Sustainability involves meeting challenges creatively, so we welcome the leadership role that designers have taken and look forward to promoting their work.”
Recent studies show that sustainability remains at the forefront of business, consumer, building and design activities despite current economic and political conditions. One of the Award’s supporters Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) continues to experience growing demand for products certified under its national ecolabel program with more than $650 million worth of certified products purchased last year.
“GECA is pleased to be a supporting partner of Home Design Magazine Australian Living Green Interior Awards as they are an effective way of showcasing and celebrating these products to the broader community, and a wonderful way of gaining recognition for those organisations that are pursuing sustainable goals already.” adds Rupert Posner, Chief Executive Officer of Good Environmental Choice Australia.
Home Design Magazine Australian Living Green Interior Awards is now welcoming entries from interior designers, architects, interior stylists, interior consultants, building designers and homeowners.
“FIAA support the use of sustainable products in the furnishing, cabinetmaking and joinery industry and encourages entries into the Home Design Magazine Australian Living Green Interior Awards.” says Dean Brakell, General Manager of Furnishing Industry Association of Australia.
According to David Baggs, Chief Executive Office of Global GreenTag, interiors products typically have the biggest environmental impacts and the most significant impact on health and indoor air quality compared to construction products with longer life cycles. GreenTag operates the only ACCC approved National Certification Mark in the green building materials sector.
“The Green Interiors Awards provides an important showcase for those designers who have successfully tackled the most challenging aspect of interior design, i.e. ensuring it is both a healthy, low impact design and looks amazing at the same time.” says David.
I am excited about following and covering the awards over coming months, getting to see all the work people are doing out there in this space and sharing this with you!
Judges for the Awards include Shaynna Blaze (Co-presenter of the Lifestyle Channel’s Selling Houses Australia and Judge on Channel 9’s The Block), Kate St James, FDIA (interior designer and Editor-in-Chief of Home Design magazine) and Daphna Tal (Sustainable Interiors Consultant at Australian Living).
The Awards are open now and close 23 May 2014 .Winners will be announced at an Event on 19 June 2014 in Sydney.
Cameron Rosen, Managing Director of Australian Living concludes “I want the Home Design Magazine Australian Living Green Interior Awards to inspire our industry to collaborate and be proudly transparent. Let’s see what we are made of.”