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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.”

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.

AGDF Welcomes as a Corporate Member: Built Environment Collective

We’re proud to welcome Built Environment Collective to our corporate sponsor list.

BE Collective is an award-winning, Australian-based design consultancy offering Structural, Civil, Hydraulic, ESD, and Project Management services. The company is acutely aware of the adverse impact that current development paradigms have on triple bottom line sustainability. The BEC team believe that ESD must be embraced at the planning phase of a project to enable efficient and economical incorporation.

As corporate members, BE Collective is entitled to members only resources online, access to free advice and information on sustainable development, sponsorship and advertising opportunities, heavily discounted rates to all AGDF events including free GSLF tickets.

Interested in becoming a member, or a corporate member?

World’s Tallest Engineered Timber Office Building Opens in Sydney

International House Sydney is Australia’s first engineered timber office building, and the world’s tallest. Legendary architectural practitioners Tzannes are behind the technically and aesthetically impressive project, which opened in May this year.

The design relies on Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) to form six of the above ground levels, which rest on a conventional concrete structure at ground level. The internal CLT structural elements are left fully exposed, resulting in a strikingly forest-like feel. CLT has a very small carbon footprint as opposed to other construction materials, largely because it’s production process generates no waste at all.

“The architecture of International House Sydney reflects a new form of beauty. Beyond shape and surface, it is ‘deep design’, renewing architecture’s role to serve the greater social purpose of lowering carbon emissions.” Says Tzannes director Alex Tzannes.

Brisbane is set to receive a wooden-wonder of it’s own soon. Lend Lease and Bates Smart are planning a ten storey development which will boast the largest gross floor area for an engineered timber building in the world.

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