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.
Source: Sydney’s big corporate achievers making more money by turning green | ABC Radio Australia
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.
Source: Innowood introduces Recycling and Replacement Service to Combat Construction Waste | Architecture And Design
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.
Source: The problems Perth businesses face recycling asbestos construction waste | Perth Now
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.
Source: Repurposed Adelaide warehouse and monolithic Brisbane apartments make 2015 WAN shortlist | Architecture And Design
“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.”
via Sawmill House by Archier is built on an Australian gold mine.
Recycled timber – individual & sustainable. At The Big Red Shed we use recycled timber in custom designs, individual and handmade furniture items and other bespoke products.
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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.
via Australian Man Builds Tiny, Solar-Powered Retreat Using Almost 100% Recycled Materials | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.
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.
via Demolition News » Stadium to be demolished by fan power….
“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.”
via Ansarada by Those Architects.
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.
via Whiting Architects adds utilitarian extension to Melbourne residence.
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.
via Stunning Entryway of the Nishi Building Includes a Suspended Ceiling of 2,150 Reclaimed Boards from Old Homes and a Basketball Court | Colossal.
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.
via Branch Studio’s Recycled Corrugated Iron Workspace Ages Gracefully | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.
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.
via Eco House Makes the Most of Used Materials.
The Dolls House by design studio Edwards Moore. Brought to you by Dornob.
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.
via Worker’s Cottage to Wonderland: Gorgeous Interior Rehab | Designs & Ideas on Dornob.
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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