‘Living Lab’ showcases circular economy concept to construction industry

first_img‘Living Lab’ showcases circular economy concept to construction industry Curtin University has launched the Legacy Living Lab (L3), a modular building designed using principles of the circular economy – an environmentally friendly economic concept that aims to design out waste by including as much recycling and re-use of materials as possible.Curtin researchers Timothy O’Grady, Professor Greg Morrison and Roberto Minunno outside of the Legacy Living Lab (L3). Constructed as part of their thesis, Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute PhD candidates Timothy O’Grady and Roberto Minunno, together with Curtin Professor Greg Morrison, worked alongside many industry partners to create L3 as a resource to support and inform the building industry on different construction methodologies, test new products and review the performance of materials, including their energy consumption, automation, and effects on building wellness.Mr O’Grady said L3, located at Development WA’s East Village development in Knutsford, Fremantle, was designed to be flexible, sustainable, and can be fully disassembled, and that many of the building’s materials were recycled, including the original 100 year-old Jarrah staircase from the Dingo Flour Mill and carpet tiles reclaimed from a Perth CBD office space.“In Australia, the construction industry is responsible for about 30 per cent or 20.4 million tonnes of annual waste. Although it’s a significant and largely ignored issue, this is also an opportunity,” Mr O’Grady said.“The circular economy concept sits at the heart of the L3’s design and construction and reduces waste by incorporating many fortuitous finds and generous donations, giving real meaning to the phrase ‘one person’s trash is another’s treasure’.“The 17 tonne steel frames we used to construct L3 actually came from a project that went bankrupt, and were originally destined to be recycled. We were able to redesign L3 to incorporate these frames, putting them to good use.“The carpet is from a near-new office space on St George’s Terrace in Perth that was being renovated and it was due to be thrown away before we repurposed it. It’s secured with a double-sided contact pad, rather than glue, meaning it can potentially even be reused again in the future.“We were also able to find a home for the beautiful Jarrah staircase from the Dingo Flour Mill in Fremantle, bringing a piece of local history to L3, and importantly saving it from going to waste.”Other environmentally-friendly features of L3 include the outdoor balcony, made from recycled tyre rubber and plastics; the acoustic ceiling panels, which are 68 per cent recycled PET bottles and other plastic materials; and the kitchen benchtop, made from pressed recycled timber. L3 also features solar panels, an on-site electric vehicle charger, and incorporates water balancing features.L3 co-creator Mr Roberto Minunno said in addition to the physical waste created by the construction industry, it was also important to consider the amount of CO2 emissions emitted during building projects.“In the specific example of L3, a traditional build of this size would have created about 50 tonnes of CO2 emissions, whereas the modular Living Lab build only created 5 tonnes of CO2 emissions – a huge benefit for the environment,” Mr Minunno said.“A non-modular build would normally have a concrete foundation or slab, but L3 is built using a steel micro-pile footing system, consisting of a series of steel poles that are skewed in to the ground at specific angles, to anchor the building.“This alone saved 20 tonnes of concrete, compared to 800 kilograms of steel – which, unlike concrete, can be recycled.”Professor Greg Morrison, also from the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute, said that because L3 is modular, it can be relocated – potentially multiple times – which helps it last even longer.“On average, the lifespan of buildings in Australia is 20 years, but L3 is designed to last for at least 50 years,” Professor Morrison said.“Once it finally reaches its end of life, around 57 percent of L3 can be deconstructed and reused in other buildings, 25 per cent of it can be recycled, and 18 per cent disposed of.“L3 is currently a Curtin University building, used primarily as a space for industry demonstration and a place to carry out important research on new building and material concepts.”DevelopmentWA CEO Frank Marra said the State Government’s central development agency was excited to be supporting the ambitious project through $100,000 of funding and a three-year lease.“DevelopmentWA is committed to championing change in Western Australia’s housing industry by demonstrating new technologies and sustainable living initiatives,” Mr Marra said.“An Innovation through Demonstration project, East Village in Knutsford will be Fremantle’s most sustainable new development, featuring energy and water savings, renewable energy revenues for residents, and a range of homes with adaptable spaces for home offices.“L3 is revolutionary in the way it will bring together industry, researchers and the community to shape and create the future of living.“Research undertaken here into precinct-scale sustainability initiatives will help inform best-practice design for future housing developments that we undertake.”Industry partners for the Legacy Living Lab (L3) project include Acoufelt, Armstrong Flooring, BGC, Bluescope Steel, Brajkovich Demolition, Curtin University, Delos, Development WA, Enware, Fleetwood Australia, Forest One, Infinite Energy, Intelligent Home, Interface, ITI – Innovative Timber Ideas, Jason Windows, Ludlow Timber Products, Metforce Balustrades, Met-tech imaging, OP Properties, Proform, Quantify Technology, RWC – Reliance Worldwide Corporation, Schneider Electric, Somfy, Stramit, Verosol, and Weathertex.For more information visit here. 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Youth A Gift of Nature

first_imgThese days, with final exams around the corner, I and a couple of more teachers were busy, voraciously ticking and crossing every page insight. But our engrossment suddenly broke when our discipline in-charge stormed in with two teenage boys in the toe. The boys looked extremely dishevelled and bruised at a number of places. M’am (discipline in-charge) warned both the boys sternly and attached yellow warning cards in their diaries and sent them away.Once they left we asked her about the case and she narrated that both the boys were notorious, always got themselves into trouble and are big bullies but zero in studies.Soon the bell rang and my colleagues left the staff room. I was free for another period. But I was in a different mode now, pondering; pen lying motionless on a notebook.Is today’s youth directionless? Do they not know how to use their strengths and skills in a positive manner? What would happen to those two boys, who had immense energy and must surely have some skills, but were academically weak?  Don’t they have any future? Is it required that academic performance would give a guarantee of ample bread and butter or else languish in the shadows of back gullies of the rich and powerful?We are the people who are in the ’30s and ’40s of our age, the working force of India. We have toiled, climbed the ladder the hard way. But we could be the sculptors of tomorrow’s workforce who are in their teens and are not at all restful. They want to try something new, they want to work but not just the rote way, which still happens in today’s schools.Where most of the countries of the world are facing a human resource crunch, we are a country with no shortage of human resource, but to our great dismay, we are not focusing on turning this youth into a workforce with great skill.The first and foremost reason is unemployment. Even after having such a large population, there is a scarcity of jobs. A huge percentage of youth is jobless.Our country lacks in skilled labour as well, the skill India movement started by our Prime Minister Narendra Modi is indeed a very welcome movement, as the percentage of skilled labour in India in comparison to other countries is very low.The reason behind the low skill level is, of course, our country’s inadequate education system.The education which we are providing today to our children is just an eyewash. We are not preparing them for the outside world, where they have to earn their bread and butter. We are not giving them an education which they can use to gain a job or start a business.It is a common perception of most of the parents all around India, leaving aside few metropolitan cities (states of U.P., MP, Bihar the most) that there are only three professions which a child should take up. Engineer, doctor or a government job (IAS). These are the three most coveted jobs in India. A job or a business of a carpenter, mechanic, plumber, electrician or any other profession or small business is looked down upon. We do not have the dignity of labour.Another grave issue faced by the Indian youth is, today’s colleges and universities have become breeding grounds of riots, provoked and engineered by politicians for their elections.A politician should be a role model, guide, moulding hand, but it is not so in India, indeed this is a very unhappy situation that our youth do not have any political ideals. They are just a bunch of selfish people, ready to devour the power of youth in whatever way possible, and most of the ways are wrong. Yes! One shining star is there, our Prime Minister but why can’t we have more such people?We should never give up hope. We should be our own sculptors and look for new avenues for our children. Each and every individual of our country should consider it as his or her own duty, to help the young children of our families and friends to help set up businesses, find new options, and teach them the value of skills, as everybody cannot be an academic topper. Then we do not require a nation full of academic toppers but a nation which is full of artistes, sportspersons, leaders, philosophers and also skilled masons, craftsman, weavers, mechanics and businessmen.Again I would like to remind our Prime Minister’s other movement namely Make in India. He has recognised the need of the hour and has rightly shown us the way. Now we need to take it to our homes.last_img read more

5-alarm fire in Bayonne displaces 45 people, 2 firefighters hospitalized

first_img Crime BayonneNews 5-alarm fire in Bayonne displaces 45 people, 2 firefighters hospitalized News By John Heinis – June 19, 2016 3:43 pm 0 Ex-North Bergen DPW supervisor loses appeal to overturn corruption conviction Facebook Twitter Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Police: 45-year-old man arrested for attempting to have sex with 15-year-old girl in Secaucus Previous articleIn wake of Orlando massacre, Fulop calls for ‘common sense gun reforms’Next articleFeds: 5 MS-13 gang members admit conspiring to kill Hudson County rival John Heinis Bayonne A five-alarm fire in Bayonne displaced 45 people, from 14 different families, and injured two firefighters early Saturday morning. [fve]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AWgwR3GKAE[/fve]Saturday morning around 1:30 a.m., a fire was reported at the corner of Avenue C and West 20th Streets at the apartments above the Bayonne Giant laundromat, located at 455, 457 and 549, Avenue C, Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis explained on his Facebook page.The blaze burned on until around 5 a.m. with the fire departments from Jersey City, Hoboken and Kearny, as well as the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management, providing assistance, Davis said.Two Bayonne firefighters were treated for non-life threatening injuries at Jersey City Medical Center-Barnabas Health, one of which who was released today.The mayor added that Bayonne OEM helped establish a temporary shelter at the Korpi Ice Rink facility on the Bayonne High School Campus to process and take in the displaced families, consisting of 45 people total. The American Red Cross is also assisting in the effort.Furthermore, Davis said that the laundromat location were the fire took place will have to be demolished to the significant damage it sustained. The area is still currently being cleaned up and pedestrians and drivers alike are advised to avoid 19th and 20th Streets along Avenue C.“My thanks go out to the firefighters who bravely controlled this situation and extinguished the fire without loss to human life; something that is truly remarkable,” Davis wrote.“I further thank the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management, the Bayonne Police Department, and McCabe Ambulance for their assistance, support, and continued work at the scene and throughout the City during this time.”Finally, for those looking to help the fire victims, Bayonne OEM recommends donating “small denomination gift cards” to the families. All donations can be dropped off at Davis’ Office of Constituent Services at Bayonne City Hall, 630 Avenue C, Room 9. TAGSbayonne fire departmentbayonne oemjimmy davis SHARE Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities saylast_img read more