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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.

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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.

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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

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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.


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.


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


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.


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1. Inspirational Designs Virtual Tool

Learn all you need to know how to use Weathertex’s Inspirational Designs Virtual Tool. Select from our gallery or upload your own photo and see how our wide range of products can transform your project. Inspirational designs made easy.

At the end of the presentation attendees will be able to;

      • Understand how our tool is used
      • Use Weathertex gallery or upload your own photo
      • Demonstrate how to use once upload your own photo
      • Show how samples can be ordered directly from tool
      • Show how you can print report outlining profiles and paint information
      • Show how you can share
      • Show how the tool can be used from a builders/designers perspective
      • Show it can be used on renders
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Customer Zoom Meetings

Besides from our large webinars, Weathertex have also introduced Customer Zoom video meeting capabilities. This will allow our customers to still continue communication with us in a similar face-to-face arrangement. Please contact your Business Development Manager or email us on marketing@weathertex.com.au if you are interested in the following:

  1. Project/Technical video meetings with you and your colleagues to discuss specifications, product information, take offs and/or obtain technical advice
  2. An exclusive CPD video Presentation with you or your firm.


1.  Building Sustainably with Timber

If sustainably sourced, timber is undoubtedly one of the most environmentally-friendly building materials currently available, being a natural carbon sink and truly renewable.

With an overwhelming global shift towards environmentally-focused sustainable designs, more and more specifiers are turning towards timber as a building material for its sustainability, aesthetic qualities, ease of transport and speed of construction.

This presentation run by Weathertex clarifies the benefits for using sustainable products during construction, compares timber to other building materials as well as examining greenwashing and the various third party accreditations available within the building industry.

At the end of the presentation attendees will be able to;

• Examine the reasons & benefits for using sustainable construction products
• Learn how timber embodies energy and is the ultimate renewable resource
• Learn about the carbon cycle and the benefits of timber
• Compare how timber cladding rates against other materials
• CLT in Australia
• Examine various third party sustainability certification organisations and understand the concept of ‘greenwashing’
• Learn the difference between EPD vs LCA
• Learn how Australia rates against the rest of the world

CPD Presentation accredited by AIS. 1 Formal CPD Point.

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4TH JUNE 2020 - 1PM (AEST)

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Learn all you need to know about condensation and mould within stud wall construction.

Upon successful completion of this CPD webinar, participants will be able to demonstrate a general understanding of the following learning outcomes:
•  History – factors contributing to increased condensation
•  Mould – risks and possible damage
•  Condensation & Vapour – the Science
•  Solutions – address the issue
•  R Values – clarifying the facts

CPD Presentation accredited by AIS. 1 Formal CPD Point.

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10TH JUNE 2020 - 1 PM (AEST)

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3.  Fire Safety when using Timber Cladding

Timber cladding is an increasingly popular choice for Australian commercial and domestic buildings due to its striking natural aesthetic, durability and low environmental impact. However the strong fire-resistant qualities of timber are often unknown or poorly understood.

This presentation clarifies combustible and non-combustible materials, the science of how timber reacts in a fire, and the building codes in relation to timber cladding and compliance.

At the end of the presentation attendees will be able to;

• Examine the nature of recent non-compliant cladding incidents
• Recognize the fire resistant properties of timber
• Describe in detail the DtS applications for timber cladding in the NCC

CPD Presentation accredited by AIS. 1 Formal CPD Point.

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2ND JUNE 2020 - 1 PM (AEST)

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