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EcoGroup receives a Green Star Certification

Posted on 29 June 2023
EcoGroup receives a Green Star Certification

EcoGroup is proud to be a Member of the Green Building Council of Australia receiving a Green Star compliance certification at its Resource Recovery Centre in Clayton. 

A Green Star compliance verification is applied to Resource Recovery Centres that exemplify high recycling rates, providing an avenue for the Construction and Demolition Industries to dispose of materials sustainably. 

With a recovery rate of over 90%, EcoGroup continues to invest in Research and Development to redirect all C&D materials from landfill to be repurposed.

What this means: EcoGroup’s methods of recovery and recycling remain the same, having been dedicated to sustainable practices since 1991. However, this Green Star rating now provides builders, demolishers and those operating in the C&D industry an opportunity to raise the Green Star rating of their projects provided Green Star rated products along with solutions to demolition waste.

As quoted by the Green Building Council, “A Green Star achievement is a certification you and your stakeholders can trust. Demonstrating that your project has achieved a high standard of design, construction and/or operation, Green Star certification verifies the environmental and social outcomes you've set to achieve.”

Find out more about EcoGroup’s sustainability impact here:


Graffiti Bricks

Posted on 22 June 2023
Graffiti Bricks

Graffiti Bricks: Creating builds - with character

The Melbourne Orthopaedic Group facility in Prahran - a beautifully curated commercial build, epitomising urbanistic Melbourne design. Created by the minds of Erilyan Builders and Julian Brenchley Architecture, this building extension encapsulates contemporary design and Melbourne’s artistic essence, with bricks splashed with the graffiti paint that once completed them.

EcoGroup’s recycled bricks have become a staple in thousands of builds across Australia. Decorated with the memories from the builds they once fashioned, recycled bricks have become one of the most popular products to create a build -with character.

When Melbourne architect, Julian Brenchley dreamt up the build for the Melbourne Orthopaedic facility, he opted for a brick that remains contentious between home design connoisseurs - the graffiti brick, decorated with coloured paint and undeniable character.

We interviewed Julian about his vision, and how EcoGroup’s bricks became a part to play in the final product that is the Melbourne Orthopaedic Group Facility. Here’s what he had to say.

From a broad perspective, what influences your choice of building material and how did the decision to utilise recycled clay bricks come to fruition?

“The micro precincts in and around Prahran have such a wonderful character, a mosaic of heritage and contemporary styles and finishes. Placing a significant building in an urban context requires a sensitive approach to finishes, form and massing. The choice of the re-purposed bricks enabled us to be respectful to the local contact, and effective cloak a carpark in a tight urban street. Unless you knew what you were looking at, the average passer-by wouldn’t see the building.”

What influenced the decision to opt for graffiti bricks/ bricks with paint on them? Was this creative endeavour intentional from the outset?

“Face brick finishes of which graffiti bricks are a hero - give Texture. It can’t be said any more clearly than that - texture. Visual texture, tactile texture, a sense of place and belonging.”

Lastly, do you opt for recycled bricks often in your architectural designs?

“Recycled bricks give texture, warmth, visual softness, character and a sense place, theatre and performance.

We don’t generally impose arbitrary finishes on a project, however the finishes often ‘find’ us in the design process.”

The project now stands tall in the heart of Melbourne, painted with dashes of purple and white graffiti paint, accompanying thousands of builds across Australia that have been facilitated by EcoGroup.

To find out more about EcoGroup’s bricks, visit our website here:

Chris Murray Photography

Erilyan @erilyan_construction

Julian Brenchley @julianbrenchley

Posted in:Sustainable Demolition, Recycled RightBricks  

Celebrating Sustainable Success: EcoGroup's Reduced Impact on the Environment.

Posted on 30 May 2023
Celebrating Sustainable Success: EcoGroup's Reduced Impact on the Environment.

The Power of the Circular Economy

EcoGroup was established with the goal of reducing the impact that the construction and demolition (C&D) industry has on the environment, operating under the ethos of recycling materials to salvage as much as possible. Founded in 1991 by landscaper Toby Sail, EcoGroup has since become one of Australia's largest brick recycler, operating at its Clayton Resource Recovery Centre.

As we approach almost 32 years since our establishment, we would like to take a moment to celebrate the successes of EcoGroup and the impact we have been able to make in the Construction and Demolition Industry. We continue to collaborate with demolishers, government bodies, and individuals within the construction industry to bring about positive change and navigate this circular economy together. We hope that these statistics can inspire you to join us on our journey.

Consistently, EcoGroup has been selling over 1 million bricks each year. Recycled bricks remain an environmentally conscious building option, contributing to a reduction of 0.5kg of CO2 per brick compared to newly manufactured bricks. Based on this figure, EcoGroup continues to facilitate an average saving of 500 tonnes of CO2 per year.

With a workforce of over 40 employees dedicated to salvaging construction and demolition materials, EcoGroup has partnered with demolishers throughout Victoria to divert demolition materials from landfills toward new purposes. Achieving a recovery rate of over 90% for these materials, EcoGroup has been able to divert approximately 140,000 tonnes of C&D material from landfill in the past 5 years.

Through extensive development over the past 31 years, EcoGroup continues to develop innovative means of resource recovery to ensure no material gets left behind. With an aim to develop close relationships with industry bodies and encourage resource recovery from the inside-out, EcoGroup has a range of materials that are processed in our recovery centre and sent to these specialist sites to be repurposed. This includes timber, metal, masonry and plaster. Bricks and crushed brick continue to be EcoGroup’s most popular recycled material.

EcoGroup continues to invest in consistent research to enhance their innovative means of recycling, reusing, and repurposing materials from the construction and demolition industries. With ongoing refinements in timber and brick innovations, EcoGroup aims to lead the industry and promote the circular economy to its fullest extent.

Find out more about EcoGroup

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Posted in:Sustainable Demolition, Recycled RightRecyclingBuildingEcoGroupEco Friendly  

Black Rock Surf Life Saving Club - Out with the old and in with the new

Posted on 12 April 2023
Black Rock Surf Life Saving Club - Out with the old and in with the new

EcoGroup has been working hard by the beach on the Black Rock Life Saving Club, assisting in the earthworks, excavation and site remediation of the existing building.

As a part of this process, EcoGroup has ensured the maintenance and integrity of the bordering land, providing and installing sheet piles to protect the native trees that surround. 

EcoGroup's demolition, excavation and site remediation model is driven by the goal to maintain the land, materials and a do-no-harm ethos. After a few overcast and more than a few beautifully sunny days by the beach, EcoGroup's role on this project comes to a close. 

This project has set the foundation for the new and improved Life Saving Club. 

Builder: Sj Higgins
Client: Bayside City Council

Posted in:Sustainable Demolition, Recycled RightExcavationEco Friendly  

Burwood Brickworks - Recycled Bricks and their impact

Posted on 13 February 2023
Burwood Brickworks - Recycled Bricks and their impact

Located in the heart of Melbourne’s East, the Burwood Brickworks has been officially named World’s Most Sustainable Shopping Centre, and EcoGroup’s premium recycled bricks had an integral part to play.

EcoGroup was approached by one of Melbourne’s most notable commercial construction companies - The Hacer Group in early 2018, with the daunting yet exciting task of creating a shopping centre that is founded on sustainability and a ‘do no harm’ ethos. Developed and owned by Frasers Property Group, this build incorporates EcoGroup premium, A-Grade Face Red Bricks to fashion the urban-style build.

EcoGroup’s recycled bricks assisted in the sustainability certification of this retail project, with the restoration of all our brick materials placing recycled bricks as the most planet-friendly option.

The Burwood Brickworks Centre “achieved Living Building Challenge® Petal Certification”, becoming the first retail development in the world to achieve this.

Find out more about EcoGroup’s Face Red Bricks here.

Client: Frasers Property

Builder: Hacer Group

Posted in:Sustainable Demolition, Recycled RightRecyclingBricks  
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