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Valerie Mack is a Principal of Interior Design at Buchan. She has a long string attached to her bow when it comes to her involvement in sustainability and the interior design profession. A former President for the DIA VIC/TAS Council and DIA Fellow, she currently sits on the Sustainable Developments Committee for the Property Council of Australia.
With first class honours in Industrial Design, a PhD in user centred bathroom design for older people and more than 15 years’ experience in developing water efficient products, there are few more qualified to discuss sustainable bathroom design than Caroma’s Dr Peter Sweatman.
Collaboration and an interdisciplinary design approach characterises the Ross Gardam studio and his team of creatives. There is a clear methodology in operation across the Ross Gardam team, and this includes responsiveness to environmental factors without being cliched or superficial.
How do we bring technology and architecture together to make smart cities work and ensure that sustainability outcomes are meaningful and socially acceptable. Tuba Kocaturk is focused on systems thinking that operates at the intersection of built environment, information technology and design innovation.
So where do most of us spend time? For many, the hours spent inside at work, at school and at home far exceed our time spent under the sky outside buildings.
When designing a new house, the garden can quite often be the last aspect to be considered but when designing a sustainable dwelling this should be fully considered with the design of the house itself.
Somewhere in between ‘MacMansions’ and ‘Tiny homes’ there is a happy medium for most new homes. Reducing the physical footprint of a new home also reduces its ecological footprint.
In 2013, Stormtech released a series of grates in collaboration with internationally renowned designer, Marc Newson. The MND Series featured Newson’s signature tessellated hexagonal pattern, available in a range of stunning colour finishes, including satin stainless steel, satin black, white, pearl brass and blue. The series previewed at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York and went on to gain industry awards for its cutting-edge design
According to researchers at the Cities Research Institute in Queensland the current tiny house movement originated through housing unaffordability , gaining advanced popularity in the USA through Facebook around 2013 . Since then its popularity has spread across the globe with New Zealand and Australia being in the top five countries.
Not all certifications are equal. While some certifications are a legal requirement, others can be perceived as little more than an extra badge for the company website. For organisations like Stormtech, which strives for excellence in both its products and processes, certifications provide a critical industry barometer.
In recent years, the industry has seen an influx of interior acoustic products. However, while the acoustic product options are almost endless, not all are equal. For Autex, a company that has been developing polyester acoustic products for over 30 years, a crowded marketplace simply emphasises its position as leader.
Global Technical and Sustainability Manager, Aidan Hill, reveals how prioritising sustainable business practices, throughout three family generations, has secured Autex’s position as leader in an increasingly crowded marketplace.