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AGDF Corporate sponsor takes out CIA Award for Excellence

The Concrete Institute of Australia recently announced the winners for the 2017 Awards for Excellence in Concrete. The Queensland Residential category was taken out by none other than the AGDF’s very own Corporate sponsor, Built Environment Collective with their stunning Clifftop House project.

Joe Adsett Architects chose John Tuxworth and the team at BE Collective to provide coordinated Structural and Hydraulic consulting engineering services for the project. The Clifftop House project dramatically transformed a low-set brick home into a spectacular 5-bedroom triumph, spanning three floors with a pool, gym, green roof and breath-taking river views from its cliff-top perch. Off form concrete was used to create sharp, tectonic elements that respond to, and jut out above, the sheer cliff face below. Internally, these hard finishes are countered by sumptuous, warm materials to create a safe, comfortable and nurturing residential environment – almost as if hewn out of the cliff face itself.

BE Collective has been a long-time supporter of the Australian Green Development Forum and is looking forward to becoming more closely involved as John Tuxworth – BEC’s managing director – was recently elected AGDF president.

AGDF Accepts New President

John Tuxworth has been elected the new President of the Australian Green Development Forum, with immediate Past President, Mark Thomson continuing on with the Board in the capacity of Chairman of the Events Committee. Mark leaves behind a legacy of hard work, creativity and ‘big picture’ thinking, and the Board is truly grateful for his longstanding and significant contribution to the AGDF as President.

In addition to a practicing sustainability professional, green development advocate, and long-time supporter and board member of the Australian Green Development Forum, the incumbent AGDF President John Tuxworth is also the Managing Director of Built Environment Collective (BE Collective), a multidiscipline construction industry consultancy.

John’s commitment to sustainability is evident through his work with BE Collective, which seeks to promote a multidiscipline approach to design and management with a strong emphasis on Triple Bottom Line Sustainability. BEC believes that sustainability should be a foundational aspect of the design process from the get-go, and John’s focus on sustainable initiatives led him to become one of the few structural/civil specialists to be accredited as a Green Star Professional.  John’s work in ESD related projects include Modulo, his flatpack emergency shelter design; the Suan Lum Sustainable Masterplan in Bangkok; Hercules Street Apartments, Lot 7 Kelvin Grove Urban Village Apartments, and River Community Centre sustainability concepts.

John says he will lead the board to reinvigorate AGDF’s position as a focal point in Australia for a greener future.  “We will be inviting increased collaboration with allied industry bodies in order to provide education and inspiration.”

AGDF CPD and Events Committees

Are you passionate about CPD, learning, and collaborating with like-minded industry professionals? Consider joining one of the AGDF Committees.

Our Events Committee members deliver the Green Speed Learning Form and the twice-yearly Main Event conference, providing inspirational face-to-face forums for learning, collaboration & networking. By joining our Events Committee you’ll be keeping your finger on the pulse of Australia’s sustainable development community.

Our CPD Committee members are responsible for identifying and preparing relevant CPD content to disseminate to the AGDF community across our various delivery platforms, including online webinars. By joining the CPD committee you be ensuring you are at the forefront of sustainable knowledge.

Put your hand up to join one of our committees here.

China to Stop Taking Foreign Garbage

This year China announced to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) that it planned to urgently ban foreign garbage imports. This could signify a major shift in the international movement of waste. Last year China imported 7.3 million tonnes of waste plastics alone, which accounts for 56 percent of world imports; it’s a billion-dollar industry and China is the world number 1 customer.

China has found that the solid wastes they import have a high percentage of dirty or hazardous contaminants polluting what could otherwise be used as raw materials. This is causing serious pollution to their environment, and risk to their workers. In response China is seeking to urgently adjust its solid waste import list. Among the imports to be banned are waste plastics, paper, steel-making slag, wool, ash, cotton and yarn.

It isn’t something we frequently consider, but waste products can be valuable. One of the topics to be covered in the upcoming National Sustainability in Business Conference 2018 is ‘Waste as a resource’. It will be interesting to see how China stepping back could change such a huge industry. Here’s to hoping it will encourage us to take a second look at how we process our waste resources.

Position Description – Treasurer

The AGDF is looking for a new treasurer.

Click here to see the position description for details.

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