A King has fallen. The era of Plywood is over, with a new challenger rising to take its place. Traditionally, Plywood has been the go-to choice for wall sheathing, bracing, flooring and roof decking until Oriented Strand Board (OSB) stepped onto the scene. Now commanding about 70% of the structural panel market and continuing to gain momentum, OSB is turning heads internationally.
BEC jumped onboard the OSB band wagon, and the more we learn about it the more we like it. OSB is a far more sustainable product; it uses younger trees that grow quickly, while ply requires a much older tree. OSB is stronger, more uniform and precise in its dimensions, consistently stiff, and cheaper too.
Its biggest complaint is usually aesthetic, but as it turns out this only comes from people who lack creative vision. The textural irregularity and random organic composure makes OSB a striking feature when played to its strengths – which we have used with fantastic results in our new office.
If you want to see for yourself what OSB and a bit of flare can achieve, feel free to swing by the new BEC office on Prospect Street for a coffee and a new perspective on your traditional building materials (see our contacts page for directions).
Just prior to Christmas, we had 11kW of solar panels installed and teamed them up with a 10kW inverter. The shiny new workhorses will supply our Brisbane office with a sustainable supply of power and will save approximately 4 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year!
With electricity prices as they stand, we expect the system to pay itself off in under 2 years! If you’ve got a business or home with some serious surface area, consider a more sustainable energy source – here’s who we recommend.
ABC News is throwing light on a disturbing trend in modern housing developments. An article by Malcolm Sutton points out that the current building code encourages developers toward energy efficient housing options – which sounds great – but the result is lots of insulation and little in the way of natural ventilation. Because of this, these homes rely on the use of air conditioning to cool them down in the scorching Australian summers, as all the airtight insulation doesn’t let the building cool down overnight.
One of BEC’s key focuses in our design process is ESD; a focus which is demonstrated in our use of glazing and passive cooling design as we aim to lead the industry toward a greener standard of design.