RETHINK
BUILDING MATERIALS



If you are a designer, builder, tradesperson or homeowner then you must read this book before you build or renovate a house.



It is filled with great information and images to help you select the best materials for a healthy and efficient home that does not cost the earth.



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If you are a designer, builder, tradesperson or homeowner then you cannot build or renovate a house without first reading this book. It will have fundamental impact on the longer-term sustainability and health and comfort of living in your home.

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HOW CAN YOU RETHINK BUILDING MATERIALS?

The ultimate guide to selecting ecological building materials for renovating or building your home.

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Rethink Building Materials will equip you with the knowledge to achieve the best you can when selecting the right materials when renovating or building your home that is efficient, comfortable and does not cost the earth. Written by thirty-five of Australia’s world-leading thinkers and practitioners of sustainable building design Rethink Building Materials is an excellent hands-on guide. It will provide authoritative advice on –

  • What material is the best choice – brick vs lightweight or modular vs sticks and bricks?
  • How to select and use nontoxic and recyclable products
  • How do you look for value beyond the invoice?
  • How do you protect your family’s health indoors?
  • How to check eco-labels, green standards and product certification
  • How to integrate eco products into the design process in order to capitalise on the many practical and economic advantages of ‘going green’.





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contributors

EDITOR

Dick Clarke, Founding Director, Envirotecture

Dick Clarke is principal of Envirotecture, a building design practice in Sydney. He is an Accredited Building Designer with 40 years experience in both architecture and building, focusing exclusively on ecologically sustainable and culturally appropriate development, and has received many Design Awards.

He has a Master of Sustainable Futures degree by research at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS. He is Director of Sustainability, and Past President of the NSW Chapter, of Building Designers Australia (BDA). He is a Past President and Board Member of the Association of Building Sustainability Assessors (ABSA).

Dick sat on the Technical Advisory Committee of the Australian Government’s highly acclaimed Your Home design guide, as well as having an ongoing role authoring and peer reviewing content. He is involved with various government and non-government bodies on environmental issues and the built environment. Dick regularly judges various industry design awards.

AUSTRALIA’S WORLD LEADING THINKERS

Written by thirty-five of Australia’s world-leading thinkers and practitioners of sustainable design and building including -

EDITORIAL ADVISORS

Alan Pears AM, RMIT

Scientia Professor Dr Deo Prasad AO, CEO, CRC for Low Carbon Living

CONTRIBUTING AUTHORS

Tim Adams, F2 Design

Michael Ambrose, Construction Systems Scientist, CSIRO

David Baggs, CEO, Global GreenTag Pty Ltd; CEO, Integreco Pty Ltd

Melissa Bright, Director, Make Architects

James Cooper, Director, Sanctum Design

Neville Cowland, Director, NOWarchitecture

Dr Robert Crawford, Lecturer in Construction and Environmental Assessment, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, Melbourne University

Malay Dave, PhD Candidate at FBE & CRCLCL at UNSW; Associate at Kennedy Associates Architects

Tom Dobbie, NewSouth Innovations, UNSW

Dr Suzanne Grob, Principal, Procureability

Dr Dominique Hes, Lecturer, Sustainable Architecture, Melbourne University

Bernard Hockings, Professional builder and environmental consultant to the Master Builders Association

Nigel Howard, Managing Director, Edge Environment

Cathy Inglis, Group Technical, Research & Engineering Manager, Brickworks Building Products

Trevor King, Principal, Trevor King Conservation Planning and Design

Chris Knierim, Managing Director, Designer Construction Group and Code Green

Romilly Madew, Chief Executive, Green Building Council of Australia

Klara Marosszeky, Australian Hemp Masonry Company

Kirsty Máté, Program Director Interior Design, School of Architecture & Design, University of Tasmania

Anthony Milostic, Technical Manager, James Hardie

Caroline Pidcock, Director, Pidcock Architects

Rupert Posner, CEO, Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA)

Dr Chris Reardon, Principal, Suntech Design

Craig Riddle, Principal, Living Green Designer Homes

Luigi Rosselli, Director, Luigi Rosselli

Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla, Director, Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology, UNSW

Jeremy Spencer, Director, Positive Footprints

Lucy Sharman, Senior Project Officer, Green Roofs and Walls, Planning Development and Transport Division, Sydney Council

Dr Heber Sugo, Senior Research Fellow, School of Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, UoN

Johan Tijssen, Director, Hempcrete Australia

Reece Turner, Senior Campaigner, Greenpeace Australia Pacific

Tone Wheeler, Principal Architect, Environa Studio

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A MUST FOR ANYONE LOOKING TO BUILD OR RENOVATE THEIR OWN HOME

Now you can purchase this immensely popular 184 pages book filled with great information, images and easy to understand diagrams. It is a must for anyone renovating or building a home or researching the best materials to select for a healthy and comfortable home.

Rethink Building Materials will help to keep you on track and ensure you’ve not missed any of the essentials to give you year round comfort, higher air quality, increased energy savings and a better way of life that doesn’t cost the earth.

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RETHINK BUILDING MATERIALS

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