Build­ing put to good use

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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