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38 Westbury wins Premier's Award

38 Westbury Street Green Roof in the City has taken out the Premier's Sustainability Award, Built Environment. This 'upstairs backyard' green roof shows the monumental changes a community of apartment residents can make to their physical environment and the quality of their lives.

Here at Smart Blocks we're super excited that an existing apartment building has won such a high profile award. There is need for improved livability in the apartment sector. By winning this award, 38 Westbury St are bring much needed attention to the many opportunities... even the Premier knows this now!

Their Green Roof brought together a motivated and talented group of residents in the East St Kilda 1950's apartment block.  The new retrofitted garden and leisure space offers not only a sanctuary for the residents but simple sustainable solutions to assist with water management, resource efficiency and energy savings.

The green roof reduces storm water run-off, retains rainwater in the substrate and increases the quality of water run-off whilst reducing flash flooding. It absorbs heat and provides insulation - lowering energy bills, it also absorbs sound pollution and traps the distribution of pollutants, increases plant life to encourage biodiversity and reconnects people to nature - now a space where children play, adults’ barbeque and friends entertain.

They have transformed their apartment building roof top into a stunning green upstairs backyard - bringing functionality, sustainability, nature and community together.

“Each year we continue to discover the passion Victorians have for protecting their environment and thinking creatively about new sustainable practices," says CEO Sustainability Victoria, Stan Krpan.

“Our state has an excellent track record of delivering innovative projects that benefit our environment and the community through efficient waste management, resource recovery, and new technologies for clean energy.

“Congratulations to all of this year’s winners. Your contributions will have positive long-term effects on our society and our way of life."

Find out more about 38 Westbury St on their website.

The team from 38 Westbury St
The team from 38 Westbury St at the Awards