Building put to good use
THE old administration building in Fremantle is being recycled.
A total of 6443 tonnes of materials was removed, including 5841 tonnes of bricks and concrete, 294 tonnes of steel and 83 tonnes of general waste.
Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the aim was for the building to be sustainable, with 95 per cent of the materials recovered for recycling.
“The bricks and concrete from our old building will be crushed and recycled as road base or drainage materials, while the steel will be recycled and used in the manufacture of new steel products,” he said.
“Our target is for the new building to be zero carbon.
“It will have a sophisticated automated opening facade system designed to capture Fremantle’s famous sea breezes and enable natural ventilation for most of the year.
“It will have high-performance, well-shaded windows to minimise heat loss during cooler periods and minimise heat gain in summer, as well as other sustainability features such as a solar PV system, energyefficient LED lighting and water saving appliances.”
The project also included removal of 224 tonnes of asbestos.