Mr Maguire said the day will not only be about fixing damaged items, but also about bringing the community together through a celebration of practical skills that are often overlooked in today’s modern world.
Affectionately known as the Money Box, 5 Martin Place is one of Sydney’s most iconic buildings. (Credit: ABC licensed)
“If you look at the steel, we’ve avoided 5,000 tonnes in carbon emissions by not having to produce the steel that would have been needed to replace that building,” Mr Wall said.
Every industry has a part to play in climate change and the construction industry is no different. In a 2011 report on construction and demolition waste, it was reported that ‘buildings and their users are responsible for almost a quarter of Australia’s greenhouse emissions’, of which ‘choice of materials and design principles has a significant […] impact on the energy required to construct a building.’
Approximately 42 per cent of solid waste in Australia is generated in the building industry. Waste in the construction industry affects everyone and the importance of re-using and recycling this waste cannot be emphasised enough.
Muchea Land Fill foreman Troy Owen is concerned recycled material, which will potentially go into buildings, may contain asbestos. Picture: Justin Benson-Cooper
“(Demolition rubble) can’t be 100 per cent asbestos free,” Mr Scott said. “If you demolish a building it doesn’t matter how careful you are, you are going to get asbestos.” “We have machines with throughput volumes of 5000 tonnes an hour. When you look at the volumes we play with, that’s a lot of asbestos we can put out,” he added.
Woods Bagot and Tridente’s collaborative effort in repurposing an Adelaide car manufacturing warehouse in into a vibrant mixed use precinct has earned them a place on the six-strong shortlist for the program’s Adaptive Reuse category. The Main Assembly Building and Pods (MAB) at Tonsley Park, Adelaide was commended by the jury who said they loved the way the architects repurposed the existing structure of the old Mitsubishi manufacturing building, saving 90,000 tons of carbon without compromising on functionality. “It’s taken a dinosaur of hugely embodied energy and turned it into a contemporary series of places of quality and functional relevance,” said one jury member. “It’s beautiful, I love the way they’ve retained most of the structure,” said another.
“The use of the reclaimed concrete blocks is an experiment in harnessing the thousands of tonnes of concrete that goes to waste each year,” said Chris. “Each block is a byproduct of excess concrete left in trucks, poured into rough steel troughs.”
Australian builder James Galletly, also known as The Upcyclist, teamed up with the Bower Reuse and Repair Center to design and build The Tiny, a small and cozy retreat constructed atop a box trailer and assembled with more than 95% recycled materials.
Austrain football giants Rapid Vienna have invited fans to help demolish their Gerhard Hanappi Stadium this Saturday, offering them the chance to unscrew seats, chisel away pieces of the walls and even cut out bits of the goal net to take home.
“The Ansarada fit-out poses a legitimate response to this condition through its adaptive re-use of a century old wool store in Sydney’s historic rocks district, expressing its inherent beauty by juxtaposing a highly adaptable and sophisticated work environment for the companies most important asset, its people.”
Recycled bricks, corrugated cladding and oak flooring were used to build this barn-inspired extension to a house in Melbourne by Australian studio Whiting Architects.
Photography is by Sharyn Cairns.
The team at Australian firm March Studio (previously) are currently finishing work on this amazing interior staircase for the Japanese-inspired Nishi building in Canberra, Australia. The building is billed as “Australia’s most radically sustainable mixed-use building and apartment complex,” and if this interior treatment is any indication, it seems they might have achieved that goal.
For the new Lemur exhibit at the Melbourne Zoo, Snowdon Architects designed nest-like pods made of recycled timber and rattan.
Rows of vintage wooden rolling pins decorate the ceiling of Pizza Farro, in Thornbury, Australia.
Inhabitat is featuring recycled corrugated metal!
Australian practice Branch Studio Architects have created their own unique workspace with a rusty exterior and magnificent views. Located within the state of Victoria, their working shelter is made from recycled corrugated iron boards collected near the site.
Hill End Eco House, a 6 star energy rated sustainable home located in inner Brisbane, was constructed almost entirely with recycled materials from the house it replaced.
To preserve part of the home’s heritage as a worker’s cottage, the architects decided to leave the street facade the way it was. It is the smallest house on the street, but once inside it is obvious that this tiny home has huge personality. The owner wanted an uncomplicated home, and he got just that with the stylishly rough and raw surfaces found throughout the house.
This high-end house in Brisbane, Australia is constructed almost entirely from pieces of the structure it replaced.
While the Hill End Ecohouse is a celebration of light and form, it is also a celebration of the old. Buried in a 19th-Century house on the site was a treasure trove of timber, windows, and doors. Emma Scraggs, senior architect–sustainability for Riddell Architecture, along with architect Davide Gole, saved 95% of the original house and artfully wove it into a sleek new three-story home. When the project was finished, just two small skids of non-reusable materials were discarded.
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