A revolutionary new approach to repurposing existing materials.
When it comes to existing materials, the building industry has become comfortable with destructive, wasteful practices and as a result construction waste accounts for almost half of all waste in Australia.
Revival Projects’ Zero Footprint Repurposing initiative addresses two of the fundamental industry issues by reducing construction waste, (including the discarding of existing materials and the associated energy use and carbon emissions) and reducing the harvesting and consumption of new materials (including the associated energy use and carbon emissions).
Driven by a belief that existing materials offer the most immediate and dramatic opportunities for improving sustainable practice in new design, the team is on a mission to normalise the responsible handling of existing materials.
At the heart of the initiative are Repurposing Hubs. These storage facilities are setup in temporarily available spaces and offered to the industry to store existing materials free of charge, on the condition that they repurpose the materials back into the site which they came from.
This is supported by ongoing work focused on changing perceptions of how relevant existing materials can be in the context of new design at all scales, through inspiration (demonstrating what can be done) and education (empowering others to do it themselves).
Revival Projects are also currently the only Commercial Builder in Australia to hold B Corp accreditation.
This is a critical stage in the reduction of waste and increasing the circularity of construction materials, I hope this is adopted world wide as an initiative!
This project really delivers on the judging criteria and fosters a change in materials thinking, use and reuse and reuse and reuse.– Beau De Belle, VC Indigenous Pre-Doctoral Fellow at RMIT University