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Nestled in the Victorian suburb of Coburg is a compact home on a small, oddly-shaped block of land that was originally deemed non-suitable for residential development.
After being purchased by the Etex Group early in 2021, it’s been a busy and eventful year for Siniat (formerly Knauf Australia). We asked Siniat’s National Work Health & Safety and Sustainability Manager, Kathryn Walker, about what the name change means for the company and their sustainability focus.
South Australian consultancy service SUHO recently designed the state’s first energy efficient 10 Star Home, with carbon neutral and Level A Green Tag certified plasterboard supplied by Siniat.
This year Siniat continues its sponsorship of the Women in Sustainability category of the Sustainability Awards, but under a new name. Earlier this year the Knauf metal and plasterboard business in Australia was purchased by the Etex Group. The business name has officially changed to Etex Australia Pty Ltd, and all products and services have been rebranded to Siniat.
In recent years, the understanding of sustainability - and the importance of incorporating sustainable practices and products in architecture and design - has grown exponentially. Unfortunately, so has the amount of greenwashing that industry professionals have been faced with in the bid to make more environmentally-friendly choices and deliver more sustainable outcomes.
In recent years, the sustainability agenda has gained significant momentum. From an increased sense of personal responsibility to a deep commitment to holding governments and brands accountable for their actions to carrying out professional practices in a much more responsible manner - the construction industry has felt this tectonic shift in attitude.
With the undeniable impact of the architecture, design and construction industries on the environment and their crucial role in creating residential and commercial spaces for communities around the world, the mark of true leadership in this sector is the commitment to constant improvement.
Stormtech has always had a strong focus on excellence – both in terms of its products and processes – and this has become an increasingly centralised company value over the lifespan of the business. They are passionate advocates for the fact that sustainability not only makes environmental sense, but business sense as well.
Brent Calow, Hawvoods’ Strategic Accounts Manager, explains why sustainably sourced timber entails much more than simply replanting a tree, tells us why Havwoods’ FSC® certified (C009500) flooring is competitively priced - and discloses whether the global value of illegal timber trade is, indeed, worth more than illegal drug trade.
With sustainability front of mind for a staggering majority of architecture and design professionals, the industry - and rightfully so - tries to look ahead to predict the environmental impact of their projects.
With over four decades of experience in the timber flooring industry and an unquestionably leading position when it comes to sustainably sourced wood, let's look back at the all important beginning of sustainable forestry, talk about the potent shift in consumer attitudes towards sustainability that’s redefining the demand for responsibly sourced timber - and discuss some of the misconceptions organizations like Havwoods are working hard to debunk.
From time to time at Architecture & Design, we are guilty of showcasing some of the most unbelievably designed homes within our Projects section.