…Further thoughts on previous reblog post, “The Ethics of Almost”
How can these ideas of ethical consumption translate to architecture and the construction industry?
When designing or renovating your own home (or building), consider the implications of importing ‘green’ products when you could be supporting local trades and businesses.
It’s worthwhile researching where materials and products are sourced.
There is always a balance to be found in the cost/time/quality triangle, so be aware that sustainability starts small and local:
- Money back into the community
- Low embodied energy
- Products direct from the source = no middle man = cheaper (& money to the right people!)
The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects has some great notes on this:
- Ask suppliers where materials are sourced from
- Buy plantation timber (preferably from Australia or your country)
- Research the embodied energy contained in your products
- Consider how you can reduce waste by recycling bi-products from the construction process such as formwork or sand
See the website for more information: http://www.aila.org.au/canberragarden/materials/
C is for Collaboration!
Images are of Crofthouse by James Stockwell Architect, located on the South Coast of Victoria, Australia.
- Local Victorian Ash Timber for the interior cladding
- Locally sourced Bluestone for the wet areas
- Local craftsmanship
- Passive solar design, thermal mass and double glazing minimise running costs
- Robust exterior cladding increases durability, therefore reducing need for replacing vulnerable surfaces and materials
Images and floor plan are from Dezeen and feature Crofthouse by James Stockwell Architect.
See James Stockwell website for more details: