Boral Limited has announced that it intends to build a new $33
million concrete masonry plant at its Middle Swan (Midland Brick)
site in Western Australia. The new masonry plant will replace Boral’s
existing 40-year old, high cost, low capacity Cannington plant more
than doubling that sites current output.
Keith Mitchelhill, Executive General Manager of Boral’s Clay &
Concrete Production division, said: “ Boral remains committed to the
growing WA economy and in particular our valued customers. We
see a real opportunity to expand the market for masonry products
by increasing capacity because growth in the WA concrete masonry
market, as a whole, has been restricted since 2000 due to installed
capacity operating at close to full utilisation.
“Boral’s new masonry plant will be highly automated and include
the world’s latest technology, having the capability to produce a
broad range of concrete block and paver products for residential and
commercial markets, which coupled with Midland Brick’s market
presence and sales marketing expertise, positions us well to realise
future growth potential.”
The new masonry plant will produce masonry products at a
substantially lower cost than current WA production and will deliver
safety and environmental benefits including reduced product waste,
greater energy efficiency and reduced manual intervention.
For further information visit www.boral.com.au
A South Australian company is leading the way the State’s
construction industry is recycling building waste materials.
Candetti Constructions was recently applauded for the
exceptional amount of waste building material it has recycled
during the construction of the $6m Maritime Skills Centre, being
established by the South Australian Government at Techport
Australia in Osborne.
Candetti has just completed another month of “near perfect
scores”, saving about 95 per cent of material normally earmarked
for landfill – a rate it has maintained throughout the entire seven
month construction phase.
The Green Star ESD building rating system sets a target
recycling rate between 60 and 80 per cent.
Key best practice environmental initiatives achieved by Candetti
at the MSC site include:
• extensive waste recovery and recycling of construction
materials, including reusing concrete as road base/rubble;
• innovative sediment controls to eliminate soil drag out to
adjacent roads, and;
• extensive waste separation onsite including concrete, steel,
and glass, as well as bottles, cans, and plastic bags to prevent
them being blown into the nearby Port River.
Construction of the Maritime Skills Centre has been part of the
CLEAN SITE program – a KESAB initiative aimed at driving local
building industry commitment to best environmental practices.
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ABSA WINS MAJOR NZ RATING CONTRACT
The Association of Sustainable
Building Assessors (ABSA),
Australia’s peak organisation for
professionals who rate energy
efficiency in buildings, has won a
major contract to provide services for
New Zealand’s home energy rating
Like many countries, New Zealand
is seeing a growing interest in energy
efficient and sustainable houses. The
comparatively poor energy efficiency
of the housing stock means potential
ABSA President, David Howard
benefits are enormous – lower
household running costs, increased energy security, reduced
impacts on the health system, and reduced environmental impact.
The government-backed home energy rating scheme will enable
householders to quantify and compare the energy efficiency of
homes, and will provide a clear pathway and rationale for improving
the energy performance of their homes.
Under the scheme, both new and existing homes will be able to be
rated. Initially the rating will cover thermal envelope, space heating
and water heating, with the possibility of further components being
added in future. An energy rating will be generated by an accredited
assessor, and recommendations given for the best measures to
improve that home’s energy efficiency.
ABSA will play a key role in the delivery of this scheme, particularly
around the training and accreditation of qualified assessors. “We are
very excited to have won the tender to provide this rating assessment
program for the New Zealand market,” says ABSA President David
“This is a very important initiative. It presents a model that other
countries, including Australia, should consider as a means of
upgrading the energy performance of existing homes. There are
already many guidelines in place in Australia, for example, to make
sure new homes are energy efficient, but NZ is setting the example
in also targeting established dwellings.”
The home energy rating scheme is being developed by New
Zealand’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority. “Everyone
wins when the energy efficiency of our housing increases”, says
programme manager Katie Mathison. “While we’ve seen some
movement in the low-income sector through our grants programme,
the home energy rating scheme has the potential to really drive a
market transformation of residential energy efficiency nationwide.”