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Unique designs
SBT Designs are unique.

Each individual design is carefully matched to your environment, desires and your lifestyle.

There are many different spaces in a building, and each type of space has its own characteristics and requirements.

Our design objectives (described in the following topic) are applied to each design project and to the requirements and attributes you desire for each space.

Because we examine and discuss these requirements and objectives as they relate to each individual project, you can be assured that your design is meticulously crafted to our exacting professional standards and will be unique and meet our goal of helping you achieve a dream home or building project that's healthy, comfortable, environmentally friendly, cost-effective, liveable, functional and absolutely gorgeous to look at and interact with.
Designs that fit
Enjoy harmony with a building design that fits with and compliments the natural and built environment.

SBT Designs employs these design objectives for each project:

  • Accessibility
  • Aesthetics
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Functional / Operational Elements
  • Historic / Environmental Preservation
  • Productiveness
  • Security / Safety
  • Sustainability

Each of these objectives are significantly important, and employed together they can help you achieve a successful project.

By identifying how these goals can be evaluated and applied appropriately to each project from the very start - the building design process - you can achieve a truly successful and engaging building design that fits, perfectly!
Sustainable building - by design
We practice sustainable building design principles to minimise environmental impact as much as possible.

The main objectives of sustainable building design are to avoid resource depletion of energy, water, and raw materials; prevent environmental degradation caused by building and infrastructure throughout their life span; and create built environments that are liveable, comfortable, safe and productive.

To achieve these objectives, we apply these fundamental principles to each project:

  • Optimise Site / Existing Structure Potential
  • Optimise Energy Use
  • Protect and Conserve Water
  • Use Environmentally Preferable Products
  • Enhance Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Optimise Operational and Maintenance Practices

Building construction and operation have an extensive direct and indirect impact on the environment.

By applying these principles to each project, we can actively minimise the impact the building will have on resources such as energy, water and raw materials, waste generation (through construction, occupation and demolition) and potentially harmful atmospheric emissions from construction materials.

SBT Designs addresses these challenges for every design project. We support an increased commitment to environmental stewardship and conservation with an optimal balance of cost, form and function to deliver our mission of outstanding building design.
Award winning building designs
Our talent and passion has been recognised with a multitude of awards.

SBT Designs are award winners and category finalists in the following Industry Association Awards:

Building Designers' Association Awards:

Best New HomeNew homes up to 250 m2
Best Residential AlterationsResidential alterations & additions below $125,000.00
Best Residential AlterationsResidential alterations & additions above $125,000.00

Master Builders Housing & Construction Awards:
House of the YearHouse of the year
Best Individual HomeIndividual home over $2 million
Best Individual HomeIndividual home $551,000 - $700,000
Trade Contractor AwardTrade contractor award - joinery / shop-fitting

Housing Industry Association Awards:
Best Custom Designed HomeBest Custom Designed Home $450,000 - $600,000
Best Use of TimberBest Use of Timber
Best Use of GlassBest Use of Glass
Why use a Building Designer?
SBT Designs is an accredited member of the Building Designers Association of Queensland

In Queensland there is no difference in the work that can be done by a building designer as opposed to an architect.

There are some differences in education and regulation between the professions but these make little difference to their work output and the end result. In fact, most architects engage a building designer to make their designs work in regulated life and meet various statutory building codes.

A building designer must be licensed by the Queensland Building Services Authority at a level suitable for the type of work to be undertaken.

For design and/or documentation you should only contract with a BSA licensed building designer or a Board Registered architect or engineer. It’s your choice. With SBT Designs, you are assured that your building design complies with the Building Code of Australia, certified in every state, territory and local authority in Australia.

With SBT Designs, you have peace of mind of award winning designs, industry qualifications, experience and full professional indemnity insurance.

Others (unlicensed designers or architects) who offer to do design or documentation work are working illegally and this may jeopardise the chance of your project gaining the required approvals, result in structural deficiencies and void statutory and personal insurance policies.

Before you start, you should do your homework. Pre-planning and working through your ideas can save a lot of heartache and cost before it's too late.

The aim of BDAQ members is to have satisfied clients whose criteria have been met in every respect. This goal is generally achieved as evidenced by the number of successful building designers with satisfied clients throughout the state.

Whether you are planning a new building, an extension or renovation to an existing building or just raising your house, a building designer can design your project.

A building designer will work with you to enhance your lifestyle or to create an efficient workplace without sacrificing the building’s visual appeal or exceeding your budget.

Your building designer will work hard to determine the most cost effective, user friendly and practical solutions that not only look good but also meet your requirements.

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What's the difference compared to an Architect?
BDAQ are often asked “What’s the difference between a building designer and an architect?” In Queensland there is no difference in the work that can be done by a building designer as opposed to an architect.

There are some differences in education and regulation between the professions but these make little difference to their work output.

A building designer must be licensed by the Queensland Building Services Authority at a level suitable for the type of work to be undertaken.

For design and/or documentation you should only contract with a BSA licensed building designer or a Board Registered architect or engineer. It’s your choice.

Others who offer to do design or documentation work are working illegally and this may jeopardise the chance of your project gaining the required approvals.

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What will a Building Designer do?
As the name suggests, a building designer designs buildings which can range from a family home to a multi-storey commercial complex.

BSA licensed building designers are recognised by the Queensland Government as professionals in this field.

As part of the Queensland Government's program to protect consumers in the construction industry, building designers are licensed by the Building Services Authority (BSA).

Depending on their experience and licence classification, building designers can assist with the following:

  • Commercial
  • Industrial
  • Restoration
  • Residential
  • Renovation
  • Extension Work
  • Unit Development

In fact, any type of building project

Building designers can design you a building that is energy efficient and comfortable, provides value for money and is suitable for your specific needs.

The design will take into account your lifestyle, budget, site conditions, potential resale and long term maintenance costs.

Your building designer not only designs your building but also can work with a team of other professionals to ensure that structural elements and other specialist matters combine with the aesthetics to produce a building which will look good but also will serve you well for years to come.

Your building designer will prepare your working drawings and can assemble all the other documents required for the necessary approvals and construction.

Your building designer can provide advice and assistance on town planning or other regulations relevant to your project. Some building designers will manage all your required approvals.

When engaging your building designer, you should always request a written contract which clearly explains the scope of work for your particular project.

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Who uses a Building Designer?
Builders, construction companies, developers, project managers, mums and dads, even architects use building designers to design their buildings and prepare all of the necessary working drawings and documentation needed for approval and construction.

In fact, anyone who requires design and/or documentation work for:

  • Individual Homes
  • Duplexes
  • Residential Units
  • Town Houses
  • Office Buildings
  • High Rise Resorts
  • Industrial Buildings
  • Warehouses
  • Medical Centres
  • Child Care Centres
  • Factories
  • Retirement Villages
  • Shop and Office Fit-outs
 
As the BDAQ says: "If it’s a building, a building designer can design it!”

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Climate Smart Living resources
Be climate smart.

Visit the State Government's website and learn about the latest in climate smart living:

http://www.climatesmart.qld.gov.au/
Energy efficiency rebates
Learn what rebates are available to off-set the cost of being more energy efficient.

Visit the Federal Government's website and take advantage of current rebates:

http://www.environment.gov.au/rebates/index.html
My home tools and guides
The Federal Government has various initiatives to help buyers and renovators get the most out of the process and to help sustain the environment in the process.

The myhome.gov.au website has buyers guides, renovators guides, a sustainable living magazine and technical manuals to help with most every aspect of the designing and building process.

Visit the site for a wealth of free information, downloadable guides, magazines and manuals:

http://yourhome.gov.au/
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