GREEN GURU: Kelvin Daly and his family at home, overlooking Brunswick Heads.
GREEN GURU: Kelvin Daly and his family at home, overlooking Brunswick Heads. Christian Morrow

Eco-friendly house for $90,000

BRUNSWICK Heads farmer Kelvin Daly has taken out the Byron Shire Community category of the Sustainable Small House Design Showcase & Expo.

Mr Daly's hand-drawn and written entry, based on the concepts of the Earthship design, beat many other professional entries to win. Run through the Green Building Centre in Byron Bay in conjunction with Byron and Lismore councils, the competition asked designers to come up with designs for sustainable secondary dwellings with floor space of 60 square metres.

The awards attracted 50 entries: 30 from professionals, 11 from the community and nine from young people.

"It's a classic passive solar design with no air-conditioning and heating," Mr Daly said.

"The design attempts to bring together a number of building modalities in one sustainable way to support its inhabitants to grow food, manage their waste, harvest water and power from nature to reduce our impact on our precious planet."

Mr Daly's design would allow rural landowners to allow potential renters to contribute to the construction of the home in return for a long lease.

"The granny flat is an option for urban development, whereas my design is particularly suitable for rural land; a design solution to provide affordable housing for rural areas," he said.

"This structure can be built for $90,000, so it is a realistic and affordable housing solution.



  • Young People Award: First: Seba and Obi Stockdale.
  • Second: Luke Curtis; third: Kate Cormak, Amy Moylan and Amber Clarke from Woodburn Public.
  • Community Awards: Lismore Winner: Elaine Wood;
  • Byron Winner: Kelvin Daly
  • Innovation Award: Stack Shack by Joe Harvey-Jones.
  • Highly-Commended: Acc-Sus by Helen Craig.
  • Professional: First Prize: Alyssa Clift, Project Habitation; Second Prize: Scott Davis & Associates.
  • Innovation Award: Ronny Matzat & Team, Green Building Institute.
  • People's Choice: Guy Stewart.

All designs on display at the Green Building Centre, 1 Brigantine St, Arts & Industry Estate, Byron Bay, until October 16.

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