The Ethics of Almost II

…Further thoughts on previous reblog post, “The Ethics of Almost”

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How can these ideas of ethical consumption translate to architecture and the construction industry?

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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.

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It’s worthwhile researching where materials and products are sourced.

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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!)

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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/

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C is for Collaboration!

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Images are of Crofthouse by James Stockwell Architect, located on the South Coast of Victoria, Australia.

Sustainable attributes:

  • 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

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Floor Plan

Images and floor plan are from Dezeen and feature Crofthouse by James Stockwell Architect.

http://www.dezeen.com/2013/07/08/crofthouse-by-james-stockwell/

See James Stockwell website for more details:

http://jamesstockwell.com.au/about/

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