RMIT University researchers are championing innovative waste avoidance strategies for the everyday construction site.
An estimated 250,000 cubic metres of housing construction waste is sent to landfill each year in Australia.
Researchers from RMIT and the Housing Industry Association worked to identify, implement and assess design and waste strategies targeted at reducing that figure, in a project funded through Sustainability Victoria's Beyond Waste Fund.
RMIT's Dr Enda Crossin said the project highlighted the significant opportunity waste avoidance strategies presented for the construction industry.
"By implementing these strategies, Burbank were able to reduce the waste generated from a typical brick-veneer home from about 9 tonne to under 50 kilograms," he said.
Burbank Managing Director Jarrod Sanfilippo celebrated the partnership with RMIT, an institution renowned for its commitment to empowering industry partnerships.
"We worked closely with RMIT's Centre for Design and Society to investigate and implement waste-control methods, from simple tactics such as reuse of on-site waste materials to research into less wasteful construction materials and practical approaches such as minimising off-cuts - each with great success," he said.
The home is open for viewing at 12 Ladbroke Street in Melton South, from 12pm - 5pm Monday to Friday and 11am - 5pm on weekends.
The successful project further positions the Centre for Design and Society as a global leader in sustainable eco-design.
Dedicated to research informing policy and sustainable professional practice, the centre leads research across a range of projects from food, packaging and consumer products to designing better buildings, suburbs and living cities.
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