Residential - Sustainable Living Solutions

sustainable living solutions
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Boral building products and construction materials are designed to meet the needs of our many customers, making a positive and lasting contribution to the way people live - in particular the requirements of increasingly demanding building codes and regulations in relation to key environmental and sustainability measures.
  What is Sustainability and why is it important?  
  Sustainable development “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. In other words - sustainable homes allow us to live well now and ensure our children will too. By building better, more sustainable homes we can directly reduce our impact on global warming, save precious water resources and minimise waste to protect our earth now and preserve it for future generations.

Boral is a part of the lives of most Australians, whether in the home, at work or in public places and spaces such as roads, parks, shopping centres, schools and hospitals. Boral is committed to sustainability and to assisting builders, developers, architects and consumers achieve their sustainability goals by providing cost-effective, long-term building solutions and building products for housing that particularly address:
  • energy and greenhouse gas emission reduction
• water conservation
• waste management
• recycling
Energy Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction
An energy-wise home will use the best combination of sustainable building considerations including passive design techniques such as site orientation, wall and ceiling insulation, ventilation and materials to reduce reliance on mechanical heating and cooling, energy consumption and therefore greenhouse gas emissions. (Approximately 39% of energy used
in the home is for heating and cooling - a major source of greenhouse gas emissions).* And while there are few who would do without air-conditioning on a 38 degree day, it is about taking a long-term view of our impact on the environment. It is the efficient use of energy over the lifespan of a building that counts - from the initial sourcing and manufacture of materials to the need for ongoing maintenance and temperature control.

Energy conservation and its impact on climate change are key elements of Boral's environmental plans. Boral has been committed to reducing energy and related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for many years. Through its cement business, Boral Cement, Boral has been a participant in the Greenhouse Challenge Plus (Program) since 1997 through a cooperative agreement with the Cement Industry Federation (CIF). In addition, Boral and other CIF members have developed the Greenhouse Energy Management System (GEMS) to address greenhouse issues by evaluating their position and offering practical solutions such as plant upgrades and alternative fuel programs to reduce emissions at both industry and company levels.

Boral achieved a Gold Award in the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) Energy Smart Business Program in NSW with the second largest energy reduction from 1998 through to 2004. Boral has also elected to be a benchmark participant as a Large User in the NSW Greenhouse Gas Abatement Scheme (GGAS) that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with the
production and use of electricity.

*(source: Think Brick Australia, 'Energy Efficiency and the Environment, The Case for Clay Bricks 2006')

Waste Management, Reuse and Recycling
As we strive for eco-efficiency, Boral actively reuses waste materials generated by our manufacturing operations. Reuse means to incorporate waste material back into the same product including; concrete, asphalt, plasterboard, bricks and masonry. We also actively recycle waste material (using it in a different product) to conserve primary resources and reduce our impact on the environment.

Boral also recycles waste products from external sources such as Flyash, a by-product of coal combustion, and slag, a by-product of steel manufacture. Both are used in cement and concrete (“Green Concrete”) as well as crushed demolition concrete (“Envirocrete”).

Boral is progressively rehabilitating extraction sites such as the GreenSmart 'Nelsons Ridge' redevelopment of the 100-year old quarry at Greystanes to maximise sustainability and financial end-use. In general, Boral's operations reuse or recycle between 34-100% of the production waste generated. Boral aims to minimise packaging (delivering products in bulk) and ensure that all of our products are durable and long lasting with the amount of material reused or recycled in Boral building products' businesses increasing every year.
Water Conservation - Protecting our most valuable resource
In answer to Australia's dwindling water supplies, Boral is pursuing site-based approaches to reduce water consumption. In 2005/06, Boral reduced consumption of town or mains water in its manufacturing and production processes in Australia and the USA by over 20% reflecting increased levels of recycling, use of site collected water and a general focus on conserving water.
Boral is an active participant in the Every Drop Counts Business Water Conservation Program that helps industry save 20 million litres of water daily. In particular, Boral Quarries (and Roofing) at Emu Plains continue to significantly reduce their town water consumption, an achievement recognised by Sydney Water as a 2006 winner in the Every Drop Counts Business Program.

“This is an outstanding effort and in a time of severe drought it is excellent to see industry playing its part in saving water.” David Campbell, Water Utilities Minister, NSW.