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Master Award for
earthy builder

by Elise Martin

John Oliver, founding director of Maleny’s Rammed Earth Constructions won the Master Builders Sunshine Coast 2004 Housing & Construction Award for Excellence in Design for the Queensland Climate at the Caloundra Cultural Centre on Saturday July 17.

There were a record number of entries in the Awards this year so it was especially satisfying for Rammed Earth Constructions to win the award. The company will now contest the State Finals in October.

Two of John’s buildings, which have won environmental awards in the past, include the Crystal Waters EcoCentre, and Robert & Eve Scopes’ home. Established in 1989, Rammed Earth Constructions takes on full building contracts as well as providing a subcontracting service to other builders.

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John & Val Oliver with the award from Saturday


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Prizewinner - Rammed earth constructions are designed for the Queensland climate

“Initially the Queensland market for rammed earth was mostly in environmentally aware, solar passive homes," said John.

"But it has since moved into the mainstream as more Queensland architects have become aware of its numerous benefits, including sound and temperature protection, thermal mass, pest and fire proofing, low maintenance and strength of construction.  "These days it is in particular demand in prestige homes.   Rammed earth is very well established in other States - in particular in WA where its high acceptance level is demonstrated by its popularity in commercial projects such as hospitals, government buildings and churches.

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Our thanks once again to Cameron & Tanya Outridge
of the Range News Newspaper for this story.