The 10 Star Energy Challenge is a new sustainable design initiative that is being launched on 30th March by the Building Designers Association Victoria (BDAV). The competition will have Victorian designers competing to submit the best 10 star energy rated home design.

Houses with a 10 star rating require no heating or cooling, and even result in negative power bills where the utility company owes the householder money.

These houses are better for the environment as they result in lower greenhouse gas emissions, and given the prospect of rising energy prices (and now a carbon tax), they will help to save costs for householder over the long term. The competition coincides with the introduction of mandatory 6 star energy ratings for new Victorian houses or major renovations beginning in May.

What: Launch of the Building Designers Association Victoria (BDAV) 10 Star Energy Challenge
Where: 52 McKean St, North Fitzroy
When: 10am, Wednesday 30th March
Vision: Innovative, sustainable house in an inner-city location
Who: Tim Adams - BDAV President, Adrian Nelson - home owner, Rob Gell - Challenge ambassador

The BDAV is a not-for-profit body that acts for building design professionals. The association has 1600+ members and is committed to advancing the profession of building design by offering cost-effective, quality, membership services and benefits to meet the needs of the building industry.