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NDA student wins the commendation at the International Green Interior Awards 2015

The National Design Academy always take great pride in sharing the success of our students. We are very pleased to announce that National Design Academy student, Carolyn Hayles has won the commendation in this year’s International Green Interior Awards 2015.

The Winner of her category was Balsa-lation, Nathan Kotlarewski and Swinburne University Of Technology (Australia / Papua New Guinea.) However Carolyn was highly commended, and received 2nd place for her project at last nights International Green Interior Awards. Congratulations Carolyn!

National Design Academy student, Carolyn Hayles has been shortlisted in this year's International Green Interior Awards 2015.

About the International Green Interior Awards

The 3rd Annual International Green Interior Awards are an inspirational platform that recognises the world’s best green interior projects and products from industry professionals, manufacturers and students that promote sustainable building practice within their entries.

And with 9 prestigious categories this year; Office, Residential, Retail, Education, Hospitality, Healthcare, Aged Care, Product Education and Students, National Design Academy student Carolyn has successfully been shortlisted for the submission of her Welsh Victorian Townhouse Retrofit project within the student/graduate category.

About the Company, Australian Living

The awards were developed by Australian Living in 2011, aiming to inspire interior designers and architects to realise the beauty and benefits of integrating green interior products into projects and to encourage manufacturers and innovators to design and make interior products that are healthy for us and our environment.

Australian Living facilitate and promote sustainable building practice through integrated education, communication, their awards and a variety of platforms aiming to see green building practice deeply integrated into all buildings, inside and out.

About the Project

This is a best practice exemplar of a sustainable refurbishment project, the conservation and renovation of a late 19th century townhouse. The three storey property is situated in a conservation area of wide tree-lined streets and large houses in central Cardiff, the capital of Wales. By specifying environmentally sustainable and green materials it was possible to reduce the environmental impact of the project whilst limiting the building occupants’ exposure to toxic harmful chemicals, creating both a healthy and sustainable living environment.

Structural changes were made, a new heating system installed, and internal wall insulation fitted where deemed necessary. Although these interventions are not relevant to this award, they reflect a holistic approach to sustainable decision making and energy efficiency.

Walls were re-plastered where necessary and new colour schemes introduce in each space, applying environmentally friendly eco paints and eco-friendly wood treatments including floor stains and furniture waxes throughout the property. Whilst all carpeting used is made in the UK, 3 ply 100% wool loop carpet, choosing neutral tones with a heavy domestic wear rating to suit the hall and stairs. This wool is of exceptional quality and comes from the Herdwick, Britain’s hardiest breed of hill sheep.

The underlay is crumb rubber – This underlay is produced in the UK by recycling used car tyres into granulated rubber particles which are bonded together to create a firm underlay with a high rubber content, it offers outstanding durability in high traffic areas such as the hallway and main living spaces. Its density is also ideal for the rooms with heavy furniture as it’s highly resistant to indentation marks and is the most environmentally-friendly underlay as it’s the only type that is made from post-consumer waste, with over 80% of the product containing recycled content.

The Hallway/ Entrance Way

The original tile flooring in the hallway was restored, whilst the old moth-eaten carpets were taken up and original timber floorboards reconditioned throughout the house. It was considered important to reduce the amount of carpeting in the house for health reasons. Where carpeting was the preferred option, 100% wool carpets were reintroduced on the stairs and hall landings, with 100% wool area rugs in the playroom and library/media room for improved user comfort, with 100% recycled rubber underlay.

National Design Academy student Carolyn has successfully been shortlisted for the submission of her Welsh Victorian Townhouse Retrofit project within the student/graduate category. The hallway and stairs area.

On the hallway and stairs walls a water-based, environmentally friendly paint from Little Greene ‘s was used (Absolute Matt Emulsion in Deep space blue.) Whilst on the window frames, internal doors and bannisters Osmo wood wax was used as it combines all the advantages of oils and waxes in one product and is perfect for a family home, as it is water and dirt resistant, wipe-proof and stain resistant and safe for humans, plants and animals.

In the drawingroom a French grey eggshell paint from Little Greene’s was chosen, as it provides a long lasting finish that resists moisture, staining and general wear and tear.

National Design Academy student Carolyn has successfully been shortlisted for the submission of her Welsh Victorian Townhouse Retrofit project within the student/graduate category. View of the entranceway and tiled flooring from the drawingroom.

The Kitchen/ Diner

The new family sized kitchen was constructed from FSC timber and all new appliances were energy efficient with A* ratings. The existing kitchenette was repurposed for the owners’ home office née coach house and LED strip lights were used beneath the Kitchen cabinets.

National Design Academy student Carolyn has successfully been shortlisted for the submission of her Welsh Victorian Townhouse Retrofit project within the student/graduate category. The Kitchen diner.

The windows were fitted with recessed energy efficient roller blinds throughout, and in the conservatory and kitchen, high performance duette® blinds were installed to provide both energy efficiency and control solar gains where there was a high glazing to wall ratio.

These blinds have a unique double walled honeycomb structure formed from 100% antistatic spun bonded polyester which traps air inside its two layers of fabric, providing insulation. The hexagonal structure of the fabric traps air passing through helping to maintain comfortable temperatures. They keep heat out in the summer (eliminating up to 99% of the sun’s UV rays), and when its need it in winter, give better climate control (with as much as 46% more heat retained). Whilst the blinds are unobtrusive and fold away to nothing, as a result they will not negatively impact on the aesthetics of the interior, and provide far more superior insulating properties than the current blinds.

National Design Academy student Carolyn has successfully been shortlisted for the submission of her Welsh Victorian Townhouse Retrofit project within the student/graduate category. The kitchen/diner sideboard, cabinets and utilities.

National Design Academy student Carolyn has successfully been shortlisted for the submission of her Welsh Victorian Townhouse Retrofit project within the student/graduate category. The kitchen/diner units and sink.

The Drawingroom

On the walls in the drawing room, nursery, guest room, library/media room Earthborn clay paints were used as they have a luxurious, ultra-matt finish for interior walls and ceilings. Their unique clay recipe results in a hard-wearing and highly breathable paint.

National Design Academy student Carolyn has successfully been shortlisted for the submission of her Welsh Victorian Townhouse Retrofit project within the student/graduate category. The drawing room table. Whilst the striking white sideboard, coffee table and wall-mounted cupboards in the formal drawing room are designed by Ligne Rose. They are committed to eco-design and their products are made from sustainable sources, choosing to exclusively use ‘bois d’origine PESC’ European wood products: oak, walnut, ash and beech originating from sustainable ecologically managed forests certified by the French government.

National Design Academy student Carolyn has successfully been shortlisted for the submission of her Welsh Victorian Townhouse Retrofit project within the student/graduate category. Drawingroom sideboard.

In the 1970’s, when the ecological movement took off in France, the Roset Company was already practising an environmental philosophy of simple good sense. As the Roset Company developed, it made sure its activities generated less and less pollution.

“Adhering to the concept of eco-design the components of the products we design are increasingly separable. This is to ensure that as much of the product can be separated and recycled as possible.

This is achieved through the choice of materials used and the limitation of their number, a great deal of research into products (e.g. easily removable glues), and maximum product improvement in order to encourage economy of materials and energy plus ease of transportation and handling. For example, in the design of our cabinet furniture, thick panels are alveolar, with cardboard honeycombing.”

National Design Academy student Carolyn has successfully been shortlisted for the submission of her Welsh Victorian Townhouse Retrofit project within the student/graduate category. Drawing room sofa and nest of tables.

National Design Academy student Carolyn has successfully been shortlisted for the submission of her Welsh Victorian Townhouse Retrofit project within the student/graduate category. Drawingroom fireplace.

The Dining Area

Large Victorian houses are energy-intensive, so the blinds used throughout were chosen for their energy efficient properties within budgetary constraints. Tuiss Essential Pearl NRG9 in white were installed throughout the house.

These are 100% Polyester blinds, with a thermally efficient pearlised backing for energy efficiency, keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The robust and lightweight design reflects heat back into the room and lowers heating bills due to its thermal fabric which is is washable and suitable for moist environments such as the kitchen or bathroom. Whilst blackout blinds were utilised in bedrooms.

National Design Academy student Carolyn has successfully been shortlisted for the submission of her Welsh Victorian Townhouse Retrofit project within the student/graduate category. The Formal dining in drawing room, leading to playroom in conservatory, which has been knocked through to the kitchen.Whole life costing (life cycle analysis) was undertaken and as a result it was determined that the energy saving properties of the products chosen were of greater benefit to the environment than using natural materials for window treatments that would not yield the same energy saving advantages. In time, more window treatments will be added to further improve energy efficiency.

Throughout the property eco-friendly rugs were used, except the antique rug in the dining area of the drawing room and an antique silk carpet in the master bedroom were gifted by relatives. They also provided a foundation for the colour choices in these two spaces.

The Playroom

The playroom  is situated in the conservatory which leads on from the formal dining area in the drawing room. The kitchen has been knocked through so the rooms are now adjoined, and features a bold, 100% wool area rug to improve comfort and increase the use of the space.

National Design Academy student Carolyn has successfully been shortlisted for the submission of her Welsh Victorian Townhouse Retrofit project within the student/graduate category. The playroom in the conservatory, which has been knocked through to the kitchen.

The Library & Media Room

Where new furniture was purchased natural materials were chosen with 100% wool furnishings and 100% FSC timber was sourced. The purpose-built Made.com shelves were chosen as Made.com ensure all wood is responsibly sourced and never use illegally-felled wood or wood from endangered species of trees.

National Design Academy student Carolyn has successfully been shortlisted for the submission of her Welsh Victorian Townhouse Retrofit project within the student/graduate category. The first floor library and media room.

National Design Academy student Carolyn has successfully been shortlisted for the submission of her Welsh Victorian Townhouse Retrofit project within the student/graduate category. The first floor library and media room seating and drawers area.

National Design Academy student Carolyn has successfully been shortlisted for the submission of her Welsh Victorian Townhouse Retrofit project within the student/graduate category. The first floor library and media room close-up of seating.

National Design Academy student Carolyn has successfully been shortlisted for the submission of her Welsh Victorian Townhouse Retrofit project within the student/graduate category. The first floor library and media room seating area/ living room area.

 The Guest Bedroom

During this project there was an emphasis on repurposing furnishings, demonstrating an awareness of embodied energy in existing products. As a result the owners’ current furniture was reused throughout, tired furnishings were restored and decorated to tie in with new colour schemes e.g. chest of draws in guest bedroom and roll top bath in en-suite.

Earthborn Eggshell paint was used on woodwork and re-purposing furniture throughout the house as it is both oil and acrylic free to prevent yellowing and provide a long lasting finish on wood.

National Design Academy student Carolyn has successfully been shortlisted for the submission of her Welsh Victorian Townhouse Retrofit project within the student/graduate category. The guest bedroom bed drawers and seating area.

National Design Academy student Carolyn has successfully been shortlisted for the submission of her Welsh Victorian Townhouse Retrofit project within the student/graduate category. The guest bedroom bed.

The bedside tables were also revitalised using marble in one instance and granite in another, to extend their lifespan.

National Design Academy student Carolyn has successfully been shortlisted for the submission of her Welsh Victorian Townhouse Retrofit project within the student/graduate category. The guest bedroom close ups of the bedside table, dressing table and seating.

The Guest En-suite

The two existing bathrooms were fitted with water saving devices, as was the new master en-suite where the wall panelling and units were constructed from FSC timber. Whilst planting was introduced throughout the house to improve indoor air quality through phytoremediation.

National Design Academy student Carolyn has successfully been shortlisted for the submission of her Welsh Victorian Townhouse Retrofit project within the student/graduate category. The guest en suite sink and bench area.

National Design Academy student Carolyn has successfully been shortlisted for the submission of her Welsh Victorian Townhouse Retrofit project within the student/graduate category. The guest en suite bath.

The Nursery

In the nursery and guest bedroom an Earthborn wood stain was used for its environmentally friendly properties. It is water based and has excellent covering power, leaving a beautiful satin finish stain to the wood whilst being free from any harmful emissions and VOCs and is healthier for the environment. It’s also a high performance, long lasting product that is breathable, and resists flaking, blistering and doesn’t yellow with time.

National Design Academy student Carolyn has successfully been shortlisted for the submission of her Welsh Victorian Townhouse Retrofit project within the student/graduate category. The Nursery.

National Design Academy student Carolyn has successfully been shortlisted for the submission of her Welsh Victorian Townhouse Retrofit project within the student/graduate category. The Nursery fireplace.

The Master Bedroom

In both the master bedroom & Kitchen ECOS Interior Matte Wall Paint wall used (Brilliant white in the bedroom and Platinum white in the kitchen) as it is non-toxic, non-allergenic and has zero VOC’s. It was a great choice as it is organic and safe for the environment whilst being a durable and long lasting product.

National Design Academy student Carolyn has successfully been shortlisted for the submission of her Welsh Victorian Townhouse Retrofit project within the student/graduate category. The master bedroom statement lamp above the bed.

National Design Academy student Carolyn has successfully been shortlisted for the submission of her Welsh Victorian Townhouse Retrofit project within the student/graduate category. Close ups of the Master bedroom drawers and statement cluster lamp.

In both the master bedroom and en-suite fireplaces, Fired Earth floor and wall tiles were used as they are very hard wearing and unlike printed tiles, they have a very long life expectancy. These were a good replacement for the existing tiles that had been badly damaged. The original tiles are still in situ however in the nursery as the tiles were in better condition there.

National Design Academy student Carolyn has successfully been shortlisted for the submission of her Welsh Victorian Townhouse Retrofit project within the .student/graduate category. Fireplace in the master bedroom. National Design Academy student Carolyn has successfully been shortlisted for the submission of her Welsh Victorian Townhouse Retrofit project within the .student/graduate category.  master bedroom.

The Master En-suite

LED lighting was introduced in the kitchen, bathrooms and on the two hall landings, whilst energy efficient bulbs were fitted to all other lighting as LEDs are very energy efficient and long lasting. LED Lighting can produce the same output of traditional lighting with the tenth of the power, so recessed LED spotlights were used in ceiling of the bathroom, kitchen (cool white) and hallways (multi-coloured) and small recessed waterproof LEDs were used in the floor of the master en-suite.

National Design Academy student Carolyn has successfully been shortlisted for the submission of her Welsh Victorian Townhouse Retrofit project within the student/graduate category. The master en-suite bathroom & statement bath.

National Design Academy student Carolyn has successfully been shortlisted for the submission of her Welsh Victorian Townhouse Retrofit project within the student/graduate category. The master en-suite with double sink unit & lit mirrors.

National Design Academy student Carolyn has successfully been shortlisted for the submission of her Welsh Victorian Townhouse Retrofit project within the student/graduate category. The master bedroom en suite toilet close-up and wooden panelling.  A quote from Carolyn…

“I am passionate about sustainable design and creating green and healthy interior environments, so am delighted to have received a commendation at the International Green Design Awards for my sustainable refurbishment  project.  These awards are a great platform for celebrating best practice in environmental design and I hope that more interior designers, architects and students will be encouraged to integrate green interior products into their designs as a result of the projects showcased in these awards.”

Click here to view the photos from our Awards Night which was held on 5 November in Sydney. Or click here to read about the winning projects and products.

 

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Comments
  • Anna
    February 3, 2017 at 9:22 am

    Are these photos before or after as it doesn’t look like that place gone through a refurbishment ? Can you please explain.
    Thanks

    • National Design Academy
      February 6, 2017 at 3:30 pm

      Hi Anna, thank you for your comment.

      All the photos are the ‘after’ ones of the project installation. I suppose it is very subjective for the commentator to say “it looks as though it hasn’t gone through a refurbishment”, which it has – I suppose it is their style – what would the commentator expect to see? When reading the blog post, we can see that a lot of the energy efficient and “green credentials” are actually behind the scenes, such as the structural changes, a new energy efficient heating system being installed, new internal wall insulation, replastering of walls, the use of eco-friendly paints, crumb-rubber underlay, reconditioned timber floorboards, energy efficient roller blinds installed etc. A lot of the furniture has been repurposed which will improve longevity and to prevent the clients having a “throw away and replace attitude”. A sustainable project doesn’t have to be high-tech; it can be understated with all the hard work happening behind the scenes, which still upholds its ‘green’ credentials.

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