Build Materials

Better ingredients towards a more valuable whole.

Toxic materials pervade the construction industry, having an enormous impact on the environment, the food chain and the health of workers right across the industry. But there are better ways to build. 


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    Burwood Brickworks has vetted all building materials for toxic chemical ingredients, as defined on the Red List.

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    Comprehensive waste management on site diverted 99% of construction waste from landfill.

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    Fraser's Property Australia Greensheet of building materials provide a valuable reference point for the whole construction industry.


Education is key

The construction industry is traditionally slow to change. It is also one of the worst offenders globally when it comes to the extensive use of toxic materials as part of standard practice. 

But it’s no longer good enough to use particular building materials because they are cheap or most available. If we adopted that attitude, there would never be innovation.

The Living Building Challenge® forces the industry to look hard at itself and come up with solutions that are better for the environment and better for the people who work with the materials. 

To help educate the industry the International Living Future Institute worked with the Healthy Building Network to compile an extensive Red List of worst-in-class materials. Many of these materials are prevalent in the built environment. By identifying these materials, the ILFI aims to eliminate usage and raise awareness of their three core impacts:

Polluting the environment;

• Bio-accumulation up the food chain to toxic levels; and

Harming construction and factory workers up and down the supply chain.  
These five Imperatives for building materials, as embodied by the LBC®, have been considered at every stage of construction for Burwood Brickworks:
1. Red List
2. Embodied carbon footprint
3. Responsible Industry
4. Living Economy Sourcing
5. Net Positive Waste
  An added Imperative is “Healthy Indoor Environment”, which in addition to the above, looks at the impact of the material on air quality.


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