WHILE all the winners in last night's Glossies Awards were dear to the hearts of their creators, Bob and Chris Cameron's winning entry was truly a "labour of love".
The directors of renders, paints, walling and coating company, Rockcote, won the Glossies Award for sustainable building and design in the owner/builder category with a two-bedroom house in the foothills of Eumundi.
Rockcote Earthen Cottage was fashioned for Bob's 82-year-old mother Aileen.
The two-bedroom, one-bathroom house was built for less than $200,000 and exceeds an eight-star energy rating.
It uses approximately 10% of the energy of a standard home while providing a healthier and more comfortable environment for residents thanks to the range of natural materials used.
The home doubles as a showcase for the Camerons' new Natural Materials range of sustainable building products.
The Earthen Cottage is completely self-sufficient in water, uses a waterless composting toilet with water for home use supplied via on-site rainwater tanks.
All grey water is treated on-site and reused on the vegetable and herb garden as well as the fruit tree orchard.
"This is a modest, but truly beautiful and healthy home," Mr Cameron said. "Due to the design elements and materials employed it is far more comfortable to live in than a standard home and can be constructed at a comparable or lesser cost.
"The home provides long-term cost savings due to its energy efficiency."
Mr Cameron said Rockcote Earthen Cottage was a "living and literally breathing example of a building that exemplifies how a return to ancient knowledge and traditional skills combined with a revival of natural materials such as mud, sticks and straw can result in a thoroughly affordable, beautiful, modern and sustainable outcome".
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