SEE talks deep with BINQ

In this edition, we talk deep with Jacob from BINQ.

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

The building industry absolutely. Building owners should have experts and resources available to be able to make better informed decisions regarding building sustainably. How can owners be expected to build sustainably when the supply or experts aren’t available?

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.

The building industry as a whole is behind the eight ball with sustainability. We lack local experts and supply. If we are to become more focused and more effective in our approach to building sustainably then this needs to be spear headed by industry experts and those wanting and willing to make our building industry better. If we don’t see that it’s possible then we don’t even start looking for the solution.

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?

I think Australians are yearning for better buildings. We have such a high standard of living on a world scale, yet our buildings are well below our nations peers. Australia has the highest sales per capita of AMG Mercedes. What does that tell you? We as a nation have the money and are willing to spend it on a quality product. But in the building industry, that product must first be made available. We need to rethink our approach to buildings. Rather than looking at more energy efficient consumption, we should be intently focused on not using the energy in the first place. This will only be driven by company owners, architects, industry bodies and government legislation. The demand is already there from a consumers perspective, it’s just that the product isn’t readily available yet.

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