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The BEC Fleet’s latest Addition

The latest addition to our BEC fleet is all branded up 

The customized branding was designed in-house for our new toy, a supercharged and turbocharged VW Polo GTI. 

Give us a ‘honk’ if you see this sassy machine rolling through your neighbourhood. 

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Better Bin Lining

Most major supermarkets across Queensland have now banned single-use plastic bags and in the aftermath many Australian households are taking the opportunity to start lining our bins with something a little greener.

With the best of intentions, many of us use biodegradable plastic bags as liners. Unfortunately, Australian laws about what can be called ‘biodegradable’ are shockingly lax. Many products labelled ‘biodegradable’ or ‘environmentally friendly’ just have chemicals added that ensure the bags break down into micro-plastics, but they still don’t biodegrade completely and still wreak havoc on the environment – (they’re just harder to see!). 

The solution is finding bags that are bio-based (composed of polymers made from starches like corn or potatoes) which are truly biodegradable, such as Biobag. You may struggle to find Biobags at your local supermarket, but they are available online here.  It is also worth checking with your local council if they supply biobags (or something similar) for free, as some Queensland councils do.

More info here.

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Michael LeFevre on the need for Collaboration

This article has been doing the rounds in the office.

It takes a critical look at the design and construction industry and comes to the conclusion we are shockingly ineffective in our ability to collaborate and work as a team.

LeFevre poses some interesting ideas about how this can be overcome as we move forward and what it would take to change the current individualistic culture of the industry.

Take a peek – it’s worth a read.

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Our friends at LAVA are kicking goals…

Architectural firm LAVA (LAboratory for Visionary Architecture) have designed a revolutionary energy-storing water tank, destined to be the tallest building in the German town of Heidelberg.

The building is loosely based on a giant gas tank that reflected Germany’s energy policy in the 1950’s, and will soon act as a beacon signalling the area’s commitment to wiser and more sustainable energy commitments.

LAVA’s design includes twin elevators to roof top event spaces, a bistro and terrace offering panoramic views. The tank itself is clad in a multi-layered façade, with around 11,000 diamond-shaped rotating plates of stainless steel – which interact with the wind and represent the number of homes supplied with energy by the network.

BE Collective worked with the LAVA team on a Digital Origami Emergency Shelter as a part of an Emergency Shelter Exhibition which toured Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and we are excited to see where they are heading next.

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