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    Fairview’s EcoLoop: A sustainable end-of-lifecycle process for cladding
    Fairview’s EcoLoop: A sustainable end-of-lifecycle process for cladding

    For almost thirty years, Fairview has manufactured cladding products and been a leader in the industry. As the cladding crisis unfolded, Fairview realised there was a secondary, environmental crisis that would unfold as a result. The result is Ecoloop. An industry and Australian first process that aims to 100% sustainably process the panels coming off buildings and create new uses for the components of the panels.


    Q&A With Ashley How, Technical Manager, Fairview
    Q&A With Ashley How, Technical Manager, Fairview

    Following the 2014 Lacrosse cladding fire, a shockwave was felt throughout the Australian cladding industry. With potentially millions of square metres of cladding needing replacement, Fairview is figuring out how to sustainably process the waste to avoid it from ending up in landfill. We caught up with Ashley How, Technical Manager at Fairview to find out more.


    Plug and play architecture
    Plug and play architecture

    Melbourne-based company Modscape has made modularity and environmentally performance an artform underpinned by sound architecturally design that features energy efficient systems and services, benign materials and finely tuned logistics and construction. Their homes embody noteworthy environmental performance measures without comprising exceptional design that meets and exceeds occupant expectations.


    Energy efficient prefab forerunner
    Energy efficient prefab forerunner

    Following a successful Melbourne-based architectural practice in the 60s and 70s, Baird established Fairweather Homes in the early 80s. Still operational today under the direction of Paul Adams in collaboration with MODUS Architects, Fairweather Homes remains focused on modularity, energy efficient and durability.


    High pleasure – low impact
    High pleasure – low impact

    Sainsbury and his EcoShelta pods talk to the importance of good design, measurable performance and minimal environmental impact. There is a certain wisdom reflected through his design thinking. In Sainsbury’s own words, his practice aims to achieve the highest possible aesthetic return for the lowest achievable ecological impact.


    Q&A with Steve Woolcock, Director of Technical Protection Systems
    Q&A with Steve Woolcock, Director of Technical Protection Systems

    We caught up with the visionary and director of TPS, Steve Woolcock, who explains why an excellent energy efficiency profile simply isn’t enough - and why it’s so important to shift to a fully sustainable product lifecycle that decreases environmental impact for thousands of years to come.


    Making sense of labels and certifications
    Making sense of labels and certifications

    As sustainability becomes increasingly important – and marketable – across all industries, some organisations have begun to engage in misleading green marketing, otherwise known as greenwashing.


    What does carbon neutral mean?
    What does carbon neutral mean?

    While phrases such as ‘carbon neutral’ may sound straightforward, they can be easily misunderstood and misused – which is when ‘greenwashing’ can creep in. Here, Interface’s Sustainability Manager for ANZ – and resident environmental expert – Aidan Mullan, gives us his take on what it truly means to be carbon neutral.


    Considerations for material selection
    Considerations for material selection

    In an industry currently obsessed with sustainability, efforts and approaches can vary significantly. While some organisations pay lip-service and use green references liberally across their marketing materials, others take sustainability extremely seriously – delving into scientific levels of detail in their quest to become climate positive.


    ROS Bluestone Tiles: An innovative approach to minimising stone waste
    ROS Bluestone Tiles: An innovative approach to minimising stone waste

    When it comes to sustainability, there are many different approaches that can help businesses and individuals to lessen their impact on the environment; but one of the easiest – and most effective methods is to minimise waste.


    Caulfield Grammar, Wheelers Hill Campus Landscape and Garden
    Caulfield Grammar, Wheelers Hill Campus Landscape and Garden

    When Caulfield Grammar School decided to redevelop its outdoor landscapes and gardens, one of its top priorities was to mirror natural beauty while promoting sustainable principles. For the garden’s lead design team, every aspect of the project needed to be underpinned by sustainable practices - and that's why they chose RMS Traders.


    Product article: 202 & 205 SilverScreen Performance Fabric
    Product article: 202 & 205 SilverScreen Performance Fabric

    As developers come under increasing pressure to create greener buildings, simple yet highly effective energy efficient solution providers, such as Verosol, are finally getting the industry recognition they deserve.


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