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The benefits of selecting  ‘healthier’ products

At the beginning 2020, many of us felt that this was going to be a big year, but none of us expected the huge impact that has come with COVID 19. Our shared global experience of the last seven months has brought the topic of health starkly into focus.

Similar to food, many building materials today are highly processed and sometimes include toxic chemicals which may adversely affect our health. Simply by living in a modern home or work environment, we may unwittingly compromise our daily health.

Through better planning and informed choices—frequently at little or no additional cost—we can select more natural and healthier building materials and products, which will achieve a healthier, more sustainable outcome, often by using  better quality materials that will last longer and have a smaller environmental footprint.

Four years ago, Global GreenTag International launched their Product Health Declaration (PHD) – the GreenTag PHD with a HealthRATED outcome. This rating tool uniquely illustrates the toxicology of a product’s ingredients, and highlights its health impacts on the end-user.

Join Weathertex together with Global GreenTag and the following respected building brands to discuss the benefits of selecting healthier building materials and the journeys they take within their businesses to create a better, healthier future.

Weathertex … A better choice, Naturally!

David Baggs, CEO and Program Director of Global GreenTag International

Voted one of Australia’s Top 50 Green Leaders and Top 100 Sustainability Leaders Globally, David is a world-renowned sustainability and materials expert, Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects, as well as CEO and Program Director of the Global GreenTagCertTM Certification Program, the world’s leading ‘Beyond LCA’ based product ecolabel, Certification Mark and Product Health Declaration (GreenTag PhD) and EPD Program Operators for healthy and environmentally conscious products on the planet. David is also a multi-award winning green building architect, author, Exemplar Global Lead Auditor, GBCA Materials Expert Panel member and Past President of the Australian LCA Society.

Jason O’Hagan, Managing Director at Weathertex

Jason O’Hagan has been in the building industry for over 30 years, with 7 of those years as Managing Director at Weathertex. His focus is to continue to provide affordable sustainable cladding and building solutions within the construction building industry. During his time he has watched the business thrive with practices that has been implemented from the very beginning all the way to now, and is committed in delivering customers with product  transparency and the most sustainable ‘healthier’ cladding material possible.

Weathertex product is 100% natural, made from Australian hardwood timber, the ultimate renewal building material.  Due to the uniqueness of their product, Weathertex also export a large selection of our products to various continents across the globe.

Weathertex product transparency together with their  focus to providing high quality service and product, resulted in Weathertex been voted #1 MOST TRUSTED BRAND in the Architecture & Design Brand Survey, consecutively  in 2016 and 2018.

Amy Costello, Sustainability Manager at Armstrong Flooring

Recently named “The Most Influential Woman in Construction”, Tamika’s expertise ranges from project management, development, to top salesperson within Australia’s largest residential building company. Starting in the construction sector at just 19, having her own company from the age of 21, Tamika’s career scaled further into residential projects delivering an end-to-end development model, soon specialising in delivering social and affordable housing. The Top 100 Women is a Professional Industry Association for women in construction, connecting some 13,500 individuals all over the world. The recently released technology platform has been regarded as an “essential tool for women in the construction sector,” changing the game as we know it today within male dominated segments all over the world. Now backed by some of the largest companies in the world including BHP, Western Sydney University and recognised as the largest online community for women in construction globally.

Dr Rod Vockler, Technical Manager at Dulux Australia

Dr Rod Vockler has over 25 years’ experience in the coatings industry working across product development, packaging, quality and sustainability roles. He specialises in key sustainability topics of LCA, EPD and eco-accreditation. Rod was the technical chair working with the APMF in the early setup of the paint recovery scheme “Paintback” and was also the technical project lead when the first Australian carbon neutral certification of commercialised coating products was achieved under the former government Greenhouse Friendly program. Rod has a BSc (Hons) (Chemistry) and PhD in Organic Synthetic Chemistry.

Women in Construction

Building and construction is the nation’s second largest industry. It impacts on our everyday lives by building our communities and the homes, schools, hospitals, roads, offices, shops and airports that we take for granted. It also builds prosperity in every city, town and region employing more than a million people.
But with women currently making up only 11% of the industry’s total workforce and only 1% of building trades, the industry is missing out on the skills and talents of half the population.
Great architecture, design and construction have no gender.
Attracting the best the workers regardless of their gender means the industry will benefit and evolve with new skills, ideas and innovations, the business success of building businesses will be boosted and more women can take advantage of the fantastic career and job opportunities that our industry has on offer.
To empower and inspire women within the design, construction and related industries, Weathertex have brought together respected industry professionals to discuss their background, experience, the benefits in working within the building industry, any misconceptions and challenges faced by women working in our industry.

Anne Wilson, CEO at PrefabAUS

Anne Wilson is the new Chief Executive Officer of prefabAUS having commenced on 2 March, 2020. She believes there has never been a more important time to step into this role and work with and on behalf of the prefabricated construction industry. Anne is an experienced Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director with a diverse track record of restructuring, repositioning and growing organisations to meet stakeholder needs while attracting investment for financial sustainability and growth. She has worked across the education and health NFP sectors focussing on capacity building across key areas of advocacy, education, research and service delivery among others. A graduate of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business NFP Leadership Program Anne’s qualifications span degrees in Human Services and Adolescent Health. In 2008, Anne was the winner of the NFP Network Association CEO of the Year award. Active on the international stage Anne is currently Director and Secretary/Treasurer of the International Kidney Cancer Coalition with offices in the Netherlands and the UK.

With strong social justice values, a passion for stakeholder engagement and working collaboratively to achieve business outcomes Anne is committed to increasing the impact of the industry voice in prefabricated construction across Australia.

Karen Newberry, QLD Building Manager at AV Jennings

Bringing over 20 years’ experience in residential and commercial construction both in Australian and overseas, Karen brings a fresh perspective to construction methodologies through experience gained both on site and as a Director. Karen’s work experience prior to her journey to construction was as a business analyst and finance executive working across a wide range of property and market related sectors. For the last two years Karen has been working with the team at AVJennings Queensland as a Construction Manager. She is also in her final stages of completing her law degree and holds a Certificate IV in Construction and Business Management. Right now, Karen and her team are in the process of completing several projects for AVJennings the most recent of which was Anise Stage 1/19 Units plus 64 units of civil infrastructure at Bridgeman Downs that was completed in 131 days from start to finish!

Tamika Smith, Executive Director at Top 100 Women in Construction

Recently named “The Most Influential Woman in Construction”, Tamika’s expertise ranges from project management, development, to top salesperson within Australia’s largest residential building company. Starting in the construction sector at just 19, having her own company from the age of 21, Tamika’s career scaled further into residential projects delivering an end-to-end development model, soon specialising in delivering social and affordable housing. The Top 100 Women is a Professional Industry Association for women in construction, connecting some 13,500 individuals all over the world. The recently released technology platform has been regarded as an “essential tool for women in the construction sector,” changing the game as we know it today within male dominated segments all over the world. Now backed by some of the largest companies in the world including BHP, Western Sydney University and recognised as the largest online community for women in construction globally.

Sustainable Design Trends

We discuss some of the prominent, stylish and sustainable design trends making waves across Australia and around the globe. We speak with renowned Australian designers about balancing art and function, style and sustainability in their recent residential projects. And we examine current and future internal design and trends.

Kylie Mitchell, Principle & Designer at Art Houses by Kylie Mitchell

My passion since childhood has been creating beautiful art and by the time I was a teenager that had extended to designing beautiful spaces to live in. I’ve been in the design industry now for 20 years and over that time I have realised that more and more people want to step outside the standard cookie-cutter designs so often seen in Australian housing and claim their independent style for their own homes. Art Houses by Kylie Mitchell is a culmination of all this, and by combining the best of sustainable, compact design with creative themes, colour palettes and visual arts, I aim to inspire people to embrace their own space and to challenge and change the Australian housing market. By offering the choice of custom design or pre-designed house plans I am able to help more and more people realise their dreams of improving their lifestyles while looking after their families, their health and their environments.

Cam Raymond, Director at Raymond Designs

Cam Raymond is the principal of Raymond Design. Cam is an accredited open licensed, multi-award winning building designer with over 27 years experience in all facets of design and construction.

Raymond Design specialises in the design and documentation of small to large scale residential projects, multi-unit and high rise developments, large scale commercial projects and is an industry leader in the planning and design of childcare and early learning centres right across Australia, and has worked internationally in New Zealand, Japan, the USA, Canada and China.

Sustainable Design Trends Webinar

Greenfield Building in Australia

Experts predict Australia’s population to double in the next 50 years, with the Australian Bureau of Statistics forecasting our population to increase to 42 million people by 2056.

Australia’s infrastructure needs to keep pace with this expected population boom. The Federal and State governments are looking to encourage and fund new initiatives aimed at anticipating this population growth by making our cities smarter, curbing congestion in urban population centres, increasing our national supply chain capacity and enhancing connectivity.

Join Weathertex together with the following respected construction industry panellists to discuss Greenfield Residential projects and foreseeable trends in Australia in the coming years.

Ben Mathers, General Manager at MJH Multi Residential Projects

A Chartered Building Professional, Ben is the General Manager of MJH Multi who deliver a diverse range of large scale residential projects across NSW. Ben has experience working on large scale projects across NSW and Queensland, including the completion of multi-million dollar residential housing projects whilst delivering on our purpose to improve lifestyles in the communities we build. A solid background in management and leadership and has delivered successful results to the business through implementation of first class systems and processes whilst building a team of leading industry professionals. Ben’s focus is on developing new client portfolios and managing the expansion of our operations in New South Wales. Ben has been pivotal in the implementation of our cadet program helping students get a starting platform in the construction industry, along with driving our charitable works program to ensure that MJH Multi leaves a legacy for more than delivering high quality homes.

Chris Hayton, Principal at Rothelowman Architects

Principal at Rothelowman, a leading design studio that undertakes radical exploration to create bold and inspiring places for people and cities.

Passionate about the sustainable evolution of cities, their buildings, infrastructure and demographics, I am a part time teacher, ideas enthusiast and positive thinker. I am inspired by the power collective thinking brings to the process of turning concepts into reality.

As designers our ability to think laterally makes us uniquely skilled at unlocking complex puzzles. This positions us perfectly to successfully mediate the agendas of planners, politicians and those developing our cities.

Since first working in an architectural practice as a student, and now in my role as a practice Principal leading the national team in master planning and urban design, I have constantly sought progressive ways to drive positive change in the built environment. Much of my time is spent assisting clients and staff to realise the unseen opportunities in our projects.

Mike Scott AM, Managing Director at The Treadstone Company

Mike is the Managing Director of The Treadstone Company which has successfully managed the delivery of several award-winning projects in Australia and New Zealand.  Treadstone provides development advice and project management services to several large developers and Government agencies.

He is the Independent Chair of the Ginninderry Joint Venture a 6 Star Green Star community in Canberra that will become home to more than 20,000 people.  In 2015 Mike was also appointed as the first Independent Chair of the HomeWorld Group which has 50 shareholder builders with over 350 display homes in 5 display villages in Greater Sydney and the Hunter Region.

Earlier this year Mike received an Order of Australia for services to Urban Development and the Community.

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Weathertex Natural Range – Staining & Treatments

The Weathertex Natural is a series of unprimed weatherboards and architectural panels that have been in the market since 2011, and were created with the environmentally responsible designer, architect or builder in mind.

The Weathertex Natural range offers a unique appearance with the characteristics and looks of raw undressed timber. Its surface is pressed to create a random woodgrain effect, showing the knots, grains and imperfections of natural wood. The Natural range is extremely versatile with a wide range of uses, treatments and applications. Leave it untouched to ‘silver off’, stain or seal it… the choice is endless!

It’s the only manufactured product in the world to receive Platinum Global GreenTag certification and also the only timber product to provide a 10 year warranty… want to know more?

Join Weathertex and the following key experts in the woodcare coatings field to learn more about best way to install, stain, protect and revitalise Weathertex Natural Range.

Douglas Curr – Technical Sales & Specification Manager, Cabots and Intergrain

Douglas Curr has extensive experience in the Paint & Timber Finishes industry. For over 5 years, Douglas has been the Technical & Specifications Manager for Cabot’s Premium Woodcare Brands, developing winning sales strategies and providing technical and product support to customer facing sales teams.  Prior to that, Doug worked for 7 years in Dulux Group as their Commercial Specification & Project Services Consultant. Cabot’s Timber Finishes are one  the leading woodcare products in Australia, manufacturing a wide range of stains, varnishes, clear finishes, oils, paints and polishes for the preservation and beautification of your timber at home.

Teresa Watters –  Architectural Specification Manager, Haymes Paint

Teresa Watters has been working for Haymes Paint for the last 2.5 years as their Architectural Specification Manager.  Originally from the UK, Teresa has worked in the paint industry for numerous of years including Wattyl in Commercial and Sigmakalon in the UK.  Haymes Paint are Australia’s largest independently owned paint manufacturer of exterior and interior paint with hundreds of paint stores around Australia.

Wendy Payne – Woodcare Business Development Manager, Haymes Paint

Wendy Payne has over 30 years’ experience in the Paint & Timber Finishes industry, now working for Haymes since 2011 as their Woodcare Business Development Manager. Over the last 30 years,  Wendy has worked with a range of timber coating companies and expanded her knowledge and understanding about the process of staining timber. Haymes Paint are Australia’s largest independently owned paint manufacturer of exterior and interior paint with hundreds of paint stores around Australia.

Natural Range: Staining & Treatments

Additions & Renovations

Renovations and additions can improve the value, liveability and sustainability of your home with careful planning, thoughtful design and a considered choice of materials.

Given the current economic climate, is there likely to be a greater demand for additions and renovations Australia?

Join Weathertex and key experts to discuss the benefits, challenges, design factors , material selection and more, when it comes to alternations and additions.

Anthony Windust, Director of Windust Architecture x Interiors 

Windust Architecture x Interiors is led by Anthony Windust. Anthony is a registered architect with more than twenty years’ industry experience. Prior to starting Windust, Anthony was a valued designer and project manager at two of Australia’s leading design architecture companies in Melbourne.

Jason Economos, Director of Beyond Build Constructions

Jason Economos is a co-founder and director of Beyond Build Constructions, a Sydney-based custom home building company. Carpenter by trade, Jason has a background primarily in residential construction with a specialisation in terrace renovation and extension. For the past three years, his company experienced a tenfold increase in sales and number of homes built, focusing heavily on providing quality build as well as value for his clients.

Lee-Anne Katz, Director of Studio Katz Architects

Lee-Anne is a registered architect with many years of professional industry experience. Prior to establishing her own architecture firm, Lee-Anne has held senior roles at various architecture companies and a lead role designing a major extension to the National Gallery of Australia. Lee-Anne graduated from UNSW with first class honours, was awarded the NSW Board of Architects prize and the RAIA Board of Architects NSW Architects Medallion.

Additions & Renovations

Benefits of Sustainable Building

Building construction currently consumes between 30-50% of raw materials worldwide. With significant growth taking place in the building sector, it’s important to make more informed choices when it comes to sustainable building with regards to the impact that material sourcing will have on the environment .

Sustainable construction goes beyond green building practices — structures are designed to have a lower environmental impact over their entire lifetime, while providing a normal level of comfort, durability, wellbeing and functionality for occupants.

Learn about the benefits (environment & wellbeing), challenges as well as any misconceptions of sustainable building.

Join Weathertex and five key experts in this field to discuss this topic in more detail:

David Baggs, CEO and Program Director of Global GreenTag International

Voted one of Australia’s Top 50 Green Leaders and Top 100 Sustainability Leaders Globally,
David is a world-renowned sustainability and materials expert, Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects, as well as CEO and Program Director of the Global GreenTagCertTM Certification Program, the world’s leading ‘Beyond LCA’ based product ecolabel, Certification Mark and Product Health Declaration (GreenTag PhD) and EPD Program Operators for healthy and environmentally conscious products on the planet. David is also a multi-award winning green building architect, author, Exemplar Global Lead Auditor, GBCA Materials Expert Panel member and Past President of the Australian LCA Society.

David Rowlinson, Campaign Manager of Planet Ark and Make it Wood

David hails from Lancashire, England and has lived in Australia since 1994. He studied Architecture at Sheffield University and also has an MBA from Macquarie University and a Master of Marketing from UNSW. Prior to joining Planet Ark in 2016 David was Marketing Manager then CEO of a major Sydney-based manufacturer of modular carpets used in all commercial building applications. His proudest achievement was the development of an industry-leading environmental sustainability agenda, including the unique Earthplus product reuse program.

Naomi Martin, Sustainability Manager Constructions of Mirvac Group

Naomi is responsible for delivering Mirvac’s ambitious ‘This Changes Everything’ Sustainability Targets throughout Mirvac’s Construction Business. In particular she works with construction projects to deliver on waste reduction and materials efficiency, recycling, community investment, social procurement and modern slavery initiatives.

Naomi is a sustainability professional with seventeen years of diverse environmental and sustainability experience across government, industry associations and consulting in Australia and the UK.   She has experience in driving sustainability across a range of scales, from national policy development at Green Building Council of Australia; to corporate strategy at Sydney Opera House; to environmental regulation at EPA Victoria; to detailed program delivery, project management, delivery and reporting at Sydney Opera House and Mirvac.

Dick Clarke, Principal of Envirotecture

Dick Clarke is principal of Envirotecture, is an Accredited Building Designer with over 35 years’ experience, focusing exclusively on ecologically sustainable and culturally appropriate buildings, as well as sustainable design in vehicles and vessels, and has received many Design Awards.  He holds a Master of Sustainable Futures degree (by research at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS), on the topic of the effect of state and local planning instruments on the sustainability of the built environment.

He is Director of Sustainability, and Past President of the NSW Chapter, of Building Designers Australia (BDA). He is a Past President and Board Member of the Association of Building Sustainability Assessors (ABSA).

Dick currently sits on the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC), the peak body representing industries committed to a sustainable built environment. He has been design director of many hundreds of projects 35 years, with sustainability as the major driver over that whole period (with the ever-changing understanding of what sustainability is), and his work has covered a wide variety of project sizes and types. Dick has edited the sought after book for designers, builders and home-owners, How to Rethink Building Materials.

Envirotecture offers design services to meet the needs of customers who want sustainable buildings that work, feel good, and are culturally appropriate – yet reduce their ecological cost toward zero.

Tony O’Connell, Director TS Constructions VIC

The desire to deliver an exceptional result for clients in all aspects of construction is what drives Tony O’Connell, a Director of TS Constructions. Tony commenced his construction career at a local volume builder, learning the basics of delivering a project on time and budget.

Seeking greater challenges, he joined TS Constructions in 2000 and accepted a partnership in the company in 2006.  He is a qualified MBA Green Living builder and has completed a Certificate IV in Building & Construction (Environmental Management) and a Diploma of Building and Construction.

Tony has the ability to take an initial concept from a client and develop it into a construction project that runs seamlessly from start to finish.  His knowledge of practical sustainability initiatives means that he can find solutions that are cost effective and provide long term benefits with minimal environmental impact.

Award Winning, TS Constructions has shaped the built environment with progressive and innovative designs for 25 years.  Capable of construction works in excess of $30 million in a single year, TS Constructions undertakes commercial and prestige domestic building projects in a limited geographical region, utilising their local knowledge to ensure the best, most cost efficient building for every client.

Benefits of Sustainable Building

Passivhaus Movement in Australia

Passive Housing looks like it could be ‘the next big thing’ in Australia. While it’s a relatively new idea here, it’s been around in Europe for a couple of decades. Originating in Germany in 1992 where it is known as ‘Passivhaus’, it has proved to be a very useful means of getting buildings of all types (not just residential) to provide high quality, low energy indoor environments.

If you’re thinking of building, designing or living in a Passive Home or want to know more about this topic, join Weathertex together with 2 very reputable panellists in this field.

Join Weathertex and two key experts in this field to discuss this topic in more detail:

Andy Marlow, Director Envirotecture and Passivhaus Design & Construct

Andy is a Director at Envirotecture, holds both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Architecture, is a certified Passive House Designer and has extensive experience in sustainable design at a variety of scales. Andy is also currently a Board Member of the Australian Passive House Association.

Harley Weston, Managing Director Solaire Properties

An entrepreneur at heart, Harley is the Managing Director of Award Winning Solaire Properties comes from a background in exploration and geology. He has a strong understanding for science, environmental health and strategic business.  Solaire Properties first project was crowned “Brisbane’s most social responsible home” and their latest build set to be Australia’s largest architectural home with full passive house certification.

Passivhaus Movement in Australia

Tiny House Movement in Australia

Australia’s homes are among the largest in the world but there’s an increase momentum behind the downsizing trend. Now, people are starting to understand that good things really can come in small (or tiny) packages.

Housing affordability, simple way of living and sustainability are some of the main triggers that many people are considering living small or tiny.

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Grant Emans, Director of Designer Eco Tiny Homes will be joining Weathertex to discuss the benefits, challenges and some misconceptions about Tiny Housing and answer any questions you may have.

Family owned business, Designer Eco Tiny Homes offer design and construction package that specialises in environmental sustainability. Based on the Tiny House Movement in the USA, 2016 brought a new era for Grant when it came to design and construction where he ceased building the regular homes and focused primarily on the construction of tiny homes.

Designer Eco Tiny Homes

Tiny House Movement in Australia

Prefabrication Building in Australia

Modular prefabricated projects are on the rise in Australia, with more and more buyers turning to prefabricated options rather than the typical onsite build.
At present, five per cent of all homes are modular but that is expected to rise to as much as 25 per cent by 2025. Is this the inevitable future of construction in Australia?

Join Weathertex and four key experts in this field to discuss this topic in more detail:

Lester Raikes, Managing Director – Anchor Homes (VIC)

As one of our founding directors, Lester utilises his 15 years of design and construction experience to support his team, going above and beyond to ensure client satisfaction.

anchorhomes.com.au

Troy Chambers, Architectural Design Manager – Ausco Modular (QLD)

Troy has been an integral part of the Ausco Design team that has delivered education facilities, community centres and other modular designed projects over the last two years.

ausco.com.au

Ashley Beaumont, Director – Beaumont Building Designs and Ecoliv Buildings (VIC)

Ashley has been creating sustainable lifestyles through building design and construction for over 25 years. Dedicated to designing sustainable homes and commercial buildings, Ashley leads Ecoliv Buildings and Beaumont Building Designs sustainable design philosophy throughout both businesses. READ MORE

beaumontbuildingdesign.com.au

Ben Scott, Co-Founder and Managing Director – Uniplan (NSW)

Ben is Co-Founder and MD of Uniplan Group a manufacturer of modular homes and cabins in Armidale NSW. Having started Uniplan Group as a small three man family business it has now grown into a team of over 120 in Australia.

uniplangroup.com.au

Prefabrication Building in Australia