Dick Clarke is principal of Envirotecture, is an Accredited Building Designer with 45 years experience focusing exclusively on ecologically sustainable and culturally appropriate buildings as well as sustainable design in vehicles and vessels, and he has received many Design Awards.
He is Director of Sustainability and Past President of the NSW Chapter of the Building Designers Association of Australia. He is also a Past President and Board Member of the Association of Building Sustainability Assessors (ABSA), and is on the Board of Renew (Alternative Technology Association).
Dick sat on the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC), the peak body representing industries committed to a sustainable built environment.
In this episode we talk sustainability, Passive House Australia, closed loop economies and global green tag, a valuable resource for learning about the products we’re using on site. Dick challenges us to change our mindset on conventional demolition to have a significant positive impact on sustainability.
2:45 intro Dick Clarke
7:58 what is sustainable
10:26 generational sustainability
13:35 the solar panels/battery/wind question casey
15:25 fossil fools
15:42 global green tag - database with tracing, silver, golden status, very good resource
17:36 culturally appropriate buildings 1) natural and 2) cultural
23:00 passive house criteria in Australia, interest growing in Australia
27:00 Australia winter: glorified tents
28:00 casey quote - canadians are the weird ones metric/imperial
34:50 closed loop economy - plastic kids toys are the worst, products that don’t end up in a landfill
36:00 aluminum - ex. When demolishing - deconstruction, concrete aggregate
38:00 landfills australia
39:00 perception sustainability moving forward, reality shows, industry education, consumer education