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As far as differing architectural periods are concerned, the one we currently find ourselves in, is one of excitement and intrigue. Why, you may ask? It’s simple. In order for our world to remain in optimal condition, we, as a building environment collective, need to ensure our practices are not harmful to our environment.
When covering the sustainability journey of a company like Big Ass Fans, it quickly becomes apparently that the ‘sustainability journey’ is actually the journey of the company itself, and that as the company has refined its products, technology, and business over the years, all of these factors have combined to make all aspects of the company more sustainable.
Located in Neutral Bay on the north shore of Sydney Harbour, HMAS Platypus is a totem of Australia’s naval history. Originally commissioned in 1967 as a sheltered anchorage for six Oberon Class submarines, Platypus was decommissioned in 1999 when those subs had also completed their service. The site was refurbished in 2019 into a waterfront precinct open to the public.
A popular aphorism says that health starts from within - and the same could be said about modern buildings. Specifying materials and products that are designed to foster wellbeing and comfort of occupants should be of paramount concern to any industry professional. This is relevant particularly now that we have experienced being bound to our homes for long periods at a time, forever shifting the role of a house in our lives.
It’s fair to say that as global concern around sustainability and resource utilisation continues to grow, more businesses are re-examining their manufacturing and production processes to see where they can make them greener - and more efficient. It’s also fair to say that while many businesses talk the talk in that regard, comparatively few are willing to make the changes required to walk the walk.
ASP Access Floors manufacture access flooring systems in 600mm x 600mm panels. The panels can be lifted to allow access to services that are housed in a cavity below the floor. However, the company realised that in many cases, the floors were being finished with sub-optimal materials - timber planks and the like - which effectively removed accessibility and essentially defeated the purpose of having an accessible access floor below.
A requirement to submit detailed product lifecycle assessments and sustainability statements for a major tender nine years ago started ASP Access Floors on a sustainability journey that would become a driving force in their business. They were able to provide 300,000m2 of access floors completely carbon neutral for that tender, and they have since expanded that lens of carbon impact across their business.
Given the evolution of sustainable design, why not award those who look to implement these practices into new houses with the Single Dwelling (New) category.
In Australia, it’s safe to say that we’re a fair way behind many other parts of the world when it comes to the thermal performance of our buildings. This is largely a result of our predominantly temperate climate and the reduced need for better insulated, higher performance walls and windows.
Sustainability is more than just waste reduction initiatives and certifications at Interface (though those do also play a role). Designing and manufacturing beautiful flooring is underpinned by the company’s purpose: to build a resilient carbon negative business that provides excellent products for its customers while also reversing global warming.
Electrolux has been on a sustainability journey for quite some time - and as time goes by, their commitment to lowering their environmental impact only gets stronger. In fact, they have a long list of ambitious goals to undertake by 2030 in their quest to help create a more sustainable world.
The Best of the Best category of the Sustainability Awards isn’t so much an award, it’s more a celebration.