The Sustainability Awards' Small Sustainable Practice category recognises modest architecture and design firms with a mighty impact. Last year, the spotlight shone brightly on Melbourne's Maxa Design, a team of seven with a passion for crafting exceptional, sustainable homes.

Maxa Design isn't your average firm. Sustainability is woven into the very fabric of their work, not an afterthought tacked on at the end. They champion Passivhaus design, a rigorous standard that prioritises energy efficiency and exceptional indoor air quality. Resource efficiency, sustainable materials, and healthy finishes are all hallmarks of a Maxa Design project.

Founded in 2004 by a dedicated husband-and-wife duo, Maxa Design has blossomed into a carbon-neutral practice with a growing team. Their commitment extends beyond their own work; they actively engage with the community, fostering a culture of sustainability and sharing knowledge through workshops and partnerships.

Maxa Design's impressive portfolio boasts not only stunning, unique homes but also Australia's first 10-star-rated relocatable dwelling. They've proven that high performance and sustainable features can go hand-in-hand with breathtaking design,  even receiving the prestigious "Design of the Year" award twice.

Their story is a testament to the power of small firms to create a significant ripple effect. Maxa Design is building more than just homes; they're building a movement towards a more sustainable future.

Do you run a small sustainable design firm making a big impact? We’d love to hear from you. Nominations for the Small Sustainable Practice category are now open. Don't miss your chance to be recognised for your dedication to building a greener future.

Image: Kyneton by Maxa Design.