Kevin McCloud, the host of internationally-acclaimed series Grand Designs, will present the inaugural National Building Design Awards in October.

The 2014 National Building Design Awards are the brainchild of the National Association of Building Designers (BDAV) and endeavour to showcase the expertise, creativity and excellence of building designers nationwide.

The Awards will be held as part of Grand Designs Live in Melbourne on Saturday, October 18.

In a statement from the BDAV, Kevin McCloud praised the efforts of Australian designers in the built environment.

“The passion of building designers is one of the driving forces behind why so many Australians continue to fulfil their dream projects,” McCloud said.

“I look forward to seeing the best of the best at the first ever National Building Design Awards.”

More than 15 awards will be presented, including ‘Best New Residential Design’, ‘Best Residential Interior Design’, ‘Best Heritage Design’ and ‘National Building Design of the Year’.

As a champion of sustainable development, McCloud will also be the Sustainability Award Ambassador and present the ‘Best Sustainable Design Award’.

“Sustainability is going to become an enormously important part of how we organise ourselves spatially in the future, not just to reduce our environmental impact,” McCloud said.

Established in 2013, the National Association of Building Designers promotes and develops the building design profession and their excellent work. Its objectives include formalising education programs, sharing expertise and pursuing continuous professional development.