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‘Pop-Up’ Green Building Campus

1An innovative Australian e-learning method has been developed to assist students on construction sites connecting and receiving advice from professional trainers. The state-of-the-art video response technology has been developed by The Green Building Institute in partnership with a variety of leading Registered Training Organisations, in an attempt to reduce the need for students and apprentices to travel to campuses, and increase their time spent onsite.

The lessons are presented using multi-media video and animation, allowing award winning and industry leading trainers to demonstrate practical tasks that workers can copy on their work-site. At the time of publication, there were over 3000 video lessons available on topics ranging from basic safety inductions and sustainable building practices, to detailed instructional videos for practical tasks and technical skills.

A more efficient, flexible, and mobile workforce? That sounds good to us.


Tunnel Revolution: The Zipper Truck

1A US based construction material production company has developed a rapid and inexpensive method of tunnel building. The Zipper Truck has a unique barrel frame which is wider at the front than at the back and is equipped with heavy duty rollers.

Concrete lego-like blocks are positioned to form the walls of the tunnel around the truck. The roof segments are then positioned on top of the trucks barrel rollers and when in place the truck can move forward as the bricks slide and lock into position, looking very much like a huge concrete zipper. 

The lego-like concrete blocks are pre-made and fit together neatly without mortar, and with no need for cure time the tunnel can be used immediately.

Clever solutions that save clients time and money is what we at BE Collective are all about!

Check out this sweet video to see just how strong the zipper-tunnels are and how fast they can be built.


Sunshine Coast Solar Farm

2Construction has started at the Sunshine Coast on what will be Australia’s largest council-owned solar farm, and the fifth largest in the country overall.

Located at Valdora the farm will cover over 24 hectares and generate 15,000 kilowatts of electricity at peak performance.

Intended to save the Sunshine Coast Council money in the long term, the installation will offset all of the organisations electricity consumption across its administration buildings, performance venue, swimming pools, community centres, holiday parks, art galleries, sport facilities and libraries – and still give energy back to the grid.

We think it’s great to see Queensland taking the lead in renewable energy initiatives like this, we’d like to see more!


Unprotected Steel

1Looking to build on the beach front? Keen to capture that ocean view and breeze? Don’t forget to “shore” up your structural steel, or else you may have to “wave” goodbye to your building.

This startling image of a site recently discovered by the QBCC serves as a gritty reminder of how corrosive the air in ocean suburbs can be. Found not more than 500 metres from breaking surf this footing was installed without the proper corrosion protection, and is now compromised.

Take a peek at the image here, or learn more about the relevant Building Code of Australia here.