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Embracing Sustainability: EcoGroup's Coach House Grey Bricks

Posted by Marina Ward on 27 May 2024
Embracing Sustainability: EcoGroup's Coach House Grey Bricks

EcoGroup Coach House Grey Bricks featured in a stunning new home build in Melbourne, Australia

The Rise of Recycled Bricks in Construction

Recycled building materials are redefining the construction landscape with their environmental benefits and unique aesthetic appeal. Among these materials, EcoGroup's Coach House Grey Bricks stand out as a testament to the company’s dedication to eco-friendly building solutions.

The use of Coach House Grey's reflects a growing trend among conscious builders and homeowners who prioritise sustainability without sacrificing style. EcoGroup, as a pioneering advocate for green alternatives in the demolition, construction, and landscaping industries, has positioned itself as a leader in sustainability.

Why Choose Coach House Grey Bricks? 

  • Environmental Credentials: Each brick is part of EcoGroup’s mission to facilitate a circular economy, reducing waste and repurposing materials.
  • Aesthetic Flexibility: The natural, subdued tones offer a versatile palette for both contemporary and traditional designs.
  • Sustainable Innovation: Beyond aesthetics, these bricks are part of groundbreaking advancements in green building materials.

Our Eco-Friendly Products: 

EcoGroup is committed to transforming the way we build. From the timeless charm of red face bricks to the practical beauty of recycled timber, every product is designed to leave a lasting, positive impact on the environment.

The Beauty of Building with EcoGroup 

Choosing to build with EcoGroup is not only a decision for the environment; it’s a statement of commitment to quality. These bricks, with their unique grey hue and texture, deliver a distinct character to any construction or landscaping project. Architects and designers seeking to impart an authentic, yet refined touch to their builds often turn to these sustainable bricks for their reliability and inherent beauty.

Design Possibilities with Coach House Grey's

  • Residential Builds: Impart a serene and elegant ambiance to homes while ensuring structural integrity.
  • Commercial Spaces: Create standout facades that command attention and respect for their green footprint.
  • Landscaping: Utilise them for brick garden edging or pavers, providing a durable and attractive outdoor solution.

An Interview on Building with Purpose 

An inspiring interview with Rebecca Sail who utilised EcoGroup's Coach House Grey Bricks in her new home build, provides insight into her journey from inspiration to execution.

1. Initial Inspiration: The single Victorian home featured a heritage overlay on a narrow block. We aimed to respect this overlay while creating a home that was filled with light and space, maintaining a gentle ambience throughout.

2. Choice of EcoGroup's Bricks: We primarily chose EcoGroup's Coach House Grey's for their environmental credentials. The EcoGroup team was also extremely knowledgeable about which brick would offer the best aesthetics. We desired a unique look but needed uniformity as well.

3. Alignment with Design Aesthetic: Using recycled bricks with a soft-textured paint finish has lent authenticity to our home’s internal environment. The uniformity of the square grey bricks delivered a modern, simplistic design. We also planned for the bricks to extend into the courtyard area, enhancing the sense of space and the seamless integration of outdoor and indoor areas.

4. Design Process: The design process was highly collaborative, involving our family, an architect for the initial plans, and a collaborative masonry and builder during the construction process. Regular meetings ensured that everyone's vision and expertise were integrated into the design.

5. Role of Sustainability: Sustainability was a key consideration in our decisions, from the home's layout to maximise natural light and heat to the choice of construction materials, ensuring everything had a low environmental impact.

6. Importance of Environmental Impact and Selection: The environmental impact of building materials was critically important in our design strategy. We were meticulous about the products selected and considered their environmental impact. Using Australian products was also paramount; our brick selection meets both criteria, being environmentally sustainable having a history, sourced from an Australian company focused on sustainability.

7. Reflecting on Choices: Looking back, we would absolutely make the same choices regarding sustainable materials. They have met our environmental goals and exceeded our aesthetic expectations. In fact, if I had to build again, I would design the entire home to be passive.

8. Advice on Using Recycled Materials: I would advise someone considering recycled materials to research thoroughly and consult with experts. It’s crucial to understand the quality and source of the materials to ensure they fit the project both aesthetically and structurally. Service is also important; EcoGroup not only supported us with selection but delivered after-sales customer service with successful deliveries to a very small inner-city street, correct invoicing and a professional approach in all communication.

9. What I Love Most: What I love most about our home is the light and tranquillity it offers; the textures greatly contribute to this. The thermal benefits of the bricks eliminate the need for air conditioning and sitting in the courtyard on a hot Saturday afternoon looking into the lounge space, it becomes immediately obvious that EcoGroup's Coach House Greys have been integral in achieving a balance of the right sustainable choice, a modern aesthetic, and a liveable lifestyle.

The story of EcoGroup's bricks is not just one of reuse but of reinvigoration, infusing life and purpose into each brick that makes its way from historic structures to modern homes.

The new home build in Victoria Australia, effortlessly bridges the interior to the exterior.

Crafting Your Space with EcoGroup's Sustainable Solutions 

EcoGroup's products, especially the Coach House Grey's, offer more than just material for construction—they provide a canvas for creating spaces that are environmentally respectful and aesthetically pleasing. With a broad range of products that blend sustainability with innovation, EcoGroup enables customers to craft their spaces conscientiously, ensuring that every choice is one that they can be proud of for years to come.

Whether it’s the rustic appeal of red bricks for a warm, inviting home atmosphere, or the sophisticated touch of grey bricks for a sleek, modern look, EcoGroup’s offerings cater to diverse tastes and needs, all while championing the cause of the planet.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Q: What are the environmental benefits of using EcoGroup's recycled bricks?

A: By recycling bricks, energy used to process landfills is conserved. Water usage is reduced when no new units are produced. Additionally, greenhouse gases are reduced. This is why we believe eco bricks are the best choice.

Q: Can EcoGroup's recycled bricks be used for both indoor and outdoor applications?

A: Absolutely, we have a wide range of products that are perfect for both indoor and outdoor, our clinkers make excellent brick pavers. When thinking of retaining wall ideas, our builder bricks come to mind.

Q: Does EcoGroup offer PGH Bricks or Austral Bricks?

A: We offer recycled products which come from a range of producers, our team are happy to help support you with our brick matching solutions.

Planning A New Build?  Build With EcoGroup 

Building with EcoGroup’s Coach House Grey Bricks is more than a construction choice—it’s a lifestyle decision that honours the past, cherishes the present, and safeguards the future. As we embrace these sustainable bricks in our projects, we contribute to a movement that values not only the beauty of our built environment but also the well-being of our natural world.

 

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Construction Waste: EcoGroup's Visionary Project

Posted on 12 March 2024
Construction Waste: EcoGroup's Visionary Project

Construction Waste: EcoGroup's Visionary Project

EcoGroup plans to change how we handle and reuse building waste with their new project. The project aims to reduce the environmental impact of construction by reusing waste, leading to a more sustainable future.

EcoGroup will recycle construction waste to create valuable resources for new projects or industries, using innovative techniques for repurposing. This helps by reducing waste, saving resources, and lowering the carbon footprint of construction.

Furthermore, EcoGroup's project will create new opportunities for job creation and economic growth in the recycling and repurposing sectors. The project's goal is to be a leader in the construction industry. It plans to invest in sustainable practices and technologies.

In the world of sustainability and waste management, innovation and dedication often pave the way for remarkable achievements. EcoGroup, a leader in helping the environment, funding from Sustainability Victoria. This shows EcoGroup's dedication to sustainability and sets an example for the construction and demolition industry.

 

The Drive for Sustainable Change

The construction industry helps the economy but also harms the environment by creating a lot of waste. Victoria discards approximately 200,000 tons of wood waste annually.

Recognising this challenge, EcoGroup has taken a decisive step forward by securing a Victoria grant from Sustainability Victoria. This grant is not just a financial boost; it's a nod to EcoGroup's innovative approach towards rethinking waste management

A Visionary Project

The project that won the hearts and minds of the grant committee is both ambitious and promising. It focuses on harnessing the untapped potential of C&D waste timber. EcoGroup is working on ways to turn waste timber into valuable biomass for energy. We want to change how the industry deals with timber waste.

The Journey Ahead

The project has started and will finish by mid-2025. There is a lot at stake and expectations are high. EcoGroup's experts are working hard to find new solutions for waste management in Victoria and beyond. We are researching, developing, and testing innovative ideas.

This initiative stands as a testament to what can be achieved when vision meets opportunity. It is not just about handling waste better; it's about seeing waste as something useful. By using it properly, we can help the environment and economy.

A Model for the Future

EcoGroup's project, supported by Sustainability Victoria, serves as a beacon of innovation in the realm of sustainable waste management. It exemplifies how grants like these can create significant environmental advancements, encouraging other organisations to think creatively about waste reduction and resource recovery.

We are excited to see the results of this project. It is clear that sustainable initiatives like this one are important for the future. EcoGroup is changing how we handle construction waste.

This new approach is innovative and sustainable. Reducing waste, recovering resources, and promoting sustainability are important for making the planet greener. It is a step forward for the environment

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes C&D waste timber a challenging material to recycle?

Recycling C&D waste timber is hard because it is usually mixed with other materials. It also comes in many different types. Additionally, it may have been treated with chemicals.

These things make it hard to sort and recycle waste timber into new products.

EcoGroup uses advanced sorting technologies and processes to clean and repurpose timber. This ensures that the timber can be reused as a valuable resource in the economy.

How does converting waste timber into high-value biomass benefit the environment? 

Converting waste wood into biomass is beneficial for the environment. It reduces landfill waste and cuts greenhouse gas emissions.

Additionally, it creates a renewable energy source. This biomass can be used for bioenergy production, displacing fossil fuels and contributing to a reduction in carbon footprints. EcoGroup's initiative in creating high-value biomass also promotes a circular economy, where waste materials are repurposed and reused, thus preserving natural resources.

Can the methodologies developed by EcoGroup be applied to other types of waste? 

Yes, the methodologies developed by EcoGroup have the potential to be adapted for other types of waste generation. The steps we use to sort, clean up, and reuse waste like wood can also work for other materials like plastics, metals, and glass.. By tailoring innovative approaches, EcoGroup can assist in creating new recycling streams and promoting sustainable practices across different sectors of waste management.

What role does Sustainability Victoria play in supporting environmental projects? 

Sustainability Victoria and local government plays a critical role in supporting environmental projects by providing guidance, funding, and resources to organisations like EcoGroup. They help start new projects that use materials better and help build an economy that's overall better for the planet.

How can other business owners get involved in similar sustainability initiatives? 

Other companies can get involved in similar sustainability initiatives by researching and identifying grants and funding opportunities like those provided by Sustainability Victoria. Businesses have two options for going green. They can work with EcoGroup, a company specialising in eco-friendly practices.

Or, they can start incorporating green practices into their own operations. Participation in industry forums, sustainability networks, and adopting corporate social responsibility (CSR) goals are additional ways companies can contribute to environmental sustainability.

What are the environmental impacts of this project upon completion? 

EcoGroup's project aims to help the environment in several ways. It will reduce building waste in dumps. It will also help in preserving trees. Additionally, it will convert waste into energy to decrease air pollution.

The project will show how to manage waste in a sustainable way. Others will be inspired to do the same and change how construction and demolition c&d waste is handled. This project will likely help improve environmental health and promote sustainable development in the construction industry.

How can small businesses benefit from EcoGroup's work? 

This project opens doors for smaller companies to get into eco-friendly practices, like using recycled materials and being more efficient with resources. It's good for the planet and could also mean spending less and making more.

Conclusion 

EcoGroup's project, supported by Sustainability Victoria, shows how creative thinking and commitment to sustainability can create important environmental solutions. By making something useful out of building waste, EcoGroup is doing more than fixing an environmental problem; they're changing what it means to deal with waste. Projects like these give hope and motivate action in various industries and communities as we strive for a sustainable future.

View the Sustainability Victoria Website Here

 

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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.” https://new.gbca.org.au/green-star/exploring-green-star/

Find out more about EcoGroup’s sustainability impact here: https://www.ecogroup.com.au/blog/celebrating-sustainable-success--ecogroup-s-reduced-impact-on-the-environment-

 

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: https://www.ecogroup.com.au/

Chris Murray Photography @chrism.photography

Erilyan @erilyan_construction

Julian Brenchley @julianbrenchley

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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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