All materials used in construction have an environmental and social impact.
This varies dramatically depending on the raw materials used, manufacturing process, the application and ongoing maintenance requirements.
Careful consideration in selecting materials can significantly reduce the overall environmental and social impact of the project. Materials that have lower embodied energy, use recycled content and renewable resources, exclude harmful substances such as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and are more durable will result in a more sustainable, longer lasting and safer building.
Council has a range of policies and guidelines for the promotion of sustainable and healthy products, including a Procurement Policy for council use, Sustainable Building Policy for all new council buildings and Sustainable Infrastructure Guidelines.
|Key recent actions
|Reuse of railway sleepers
Rejected 305kg railway sleepers have been repurposed as core material for coastal rock revetments and stability buttresses. The sleepers are filled with crushed rock to assist with embedding and interlocking.
The railway sleepers are in very good condition, having been rejected only due to chipping in the concrete or inaccurately set steel lugs. Using the sleepers for construction turns a waste product into a valuable, affordable
|Environment Shellfish reef
A shellfish recycling program is addressing erosion issues along the Point Richard’s foreshore where the coast has receded by approximately 15m in the past three years.
Shellfish catches from Bass Strait are processed locally, providing an estimated 500 cubic metres of shell per year that may otherwise go to landfill.
Highlight project - Jetty Road playground
Opening in 2016, the playground features 15 separate play pieces including a double flying fox, basket swing, slides, climbing rope, wobble bridge and natural play elements.
All timber used in the playground has been recycled or repurposed, the mulch is from local tree trimmings, the limestone rocks are sourced locally and the concrete paths are made from low carbon concrete and recycled materials.
In addition, the whole area has been transformed thanks to the addition of over 2000 plants and trees and extensive landscaping.