Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Blockwork to the front is almost complete and once the steel beams have been fabricated, the recycled hardwood framing can start above.

The carpet python has returned to the site much to the consternation of the local birds.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

First walls up

The building is starting to take shape as the blockwork goes up - Garage and Plant Room (greywater treatment, energy monitoring hub, water switching controls) and Entry.

Rather than fill in the cutting to the back, excavated for 25,000L of modular underground storage and temporary access to the rear, this space will become a Cellar and contain one of the greywater treatment tanks.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Super concrete? the waiting game

Blockwork is going up at the front of the house and the formwork and reinforcing to the rear is ready and waiting for the all-clear from our concrete suppliers to include the reactive magnesia additive. This extra ingredient, in use in NSW and Victoria, reduces the production of carbon dioxide in the cement manufacturing process and can reabsorb CO2 during the carbonation process, reducing the carbon footprint. Additionally the result is a harder, higher quality product.

Finer and doubled up reinforcement was necessary for the polished concrete floors - fortunately the steel is over 95% recycled content.