SEE talks deep with Magnetite

In this edition we talk with Magnetite.

Q1: Who is responsible for the creation of a sustainable building – the building owner or the building industry?

The creation of a sustainable building requires a collaboration of both building owner and industry. The building industry has to provide an outline of performance requirements and up-to-date information on tools and products so that the building owners and managers can strive to achieve a sustainable outcome. Owners must be educated and aware of their buildings’ impact on the environment to be truly motivated to create building efficiency.

We witnessed this collaboration at 5 Martin Place, Sydney’s iconic heritage sandstone building. The owners, CBUS and Dexus Property Group, along with heritage architects TKD, industry professionals from the GBCA and The Property Council of Australia, all worked together to achieve a 5 star Green Star building rating. Once known as one of the most modern office buildings in the world, the retrofit has rebirthed this heritage treasure to current standards, attracting diverse blue chip tenants with global brands like Ashurst & Dropbox.

Q2: Comment on the following: Sustainability is still relatively young in Australia, whereby we don’t know what our individual or collective role is to achieve it.

Sustainability has become a buzz word globally. Though sustainability is relatively young in Australia, in recent years it has been recognised as fundamentally important to address global challenges we all face. Sustainability encompasses many variables that affect the wellbeing of society; community liveability, environmental impact and economic prosperity all have to be maintained or improved for a nation to support and achieve sustainability.

Australia’s unique, diverse environment is rich in resources with a deep cultural history. While we have seen growth in awareness and efforts to achieve sustainability in all aspects of society, we continue to identify and refine our roles in balancing the variables. Education is essential in developing frameworks to identify the best ways to adapt, innovate and implement solutions to become a more sustainable society.

Q3: Regulation, standardisation of energy efficiency plus innovation of new materials and building systems have been positive drivers changing our old school ways of constructing buildings. Are we ready now to up the ante to provide the best sustainable outcome, inside and out? Who and what will it take?

Yes, we are ready. Over the last decade, the building industry has seen considerable innovation and technology developments that improve the process from the design-to-construction phase, as well as measurement. These improvements have raised the benchmark in constructing and renovating more sustainable buildings. We believe that to up the ante across the board, governments must take the lead and mandate measurable performance requirements.  This will ensure greater collaboration of all building owners and industry to create a minimum standard for sustainable buildings.  Industry-leading builders and well educated owners will be rewarded for their previous efforts as the impact of their actions is realised, recognised and respected by their customers, tenants and peers.

At Magnetite, we assess, design and deliver retrofit glazing solutions for noise and thermal insulation, which sustainably creates building efficiency. Magnetite has been involved in many noise abatement and thermal improvement projects to achieve sustainable outcomes for Australian buildings.

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