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The Tiny House Company

interior2Here at BE Collective we believe sustainability exists not only in the responsible use of resources, but also in the responsible use of space. One company that understands this well is The Tiny House Company – who aim to create truly compact, fully functioning and transportable dwellings without sacrificing life style or architectural beauty.

Their recent project, aptly named Tiny House is a visually appealing mobile housing solution that offers an amazing amount of functionality considering it only occupies 18 square metres. Featuring a composting toilet, an on board grey water filtration system and a grease trap prepared for use with solar panels, the Tiny House moves residents off the grid.

Repurposed Australian hardwood and clever use of space make for an aesthetically (and environmentally) pleasing space, with ample ventilation and an abundance of natural light.

‘We think there’s absolutely no need for air conditioning in this house, but if people choose to use it, at least it can be used efficiently in such a small, well insulated space’ says Andrew Carter of The Tiny House Company.

If the sustainable build or potential savings on your electricity bill don’t convince you, take a look at the walkthrough video.

To read more about The Tiny House Company and their recent Tiny House project  click here.

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Song Saa – Eco Island

2Rory and Melita Hunter are the proud owners of Song Saa, a private island hotel offering luxury holiday accommodation for the environmentally conscious.

Nestled in amongst the Koh Rong Archipelago of Cambodia, the resort boasts horizon pools, beautiful outdoor dining options and a stunning view; but it’s the resorts commitment to social and environmental philanthropy that has caught the interest and imagination of the BE Collective team.

In addition to establishing Cambodia’s first protected marine reserve, the Song Saa Foundation has worked to educate locals on environmental sustainability issues, creating and installing compost toilet facilities, growing organic seasonal produce, even repurposing a Cambodian fishing vessel into a mobile teaching and learning centre.

Rory and Melita hope the project will serve as an exemplar and trend setter within the luxury travel industry, setting the bar high in terms of socially and environmentally sustainable development.

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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.

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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.

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