Sustainable Cities - Joost Bakker


 My name is Joost Bakker. And I believe in buildings that create habitat don't destroy it and create a better environment for all of us to live using materials that are endlessly recyclable, non toxic and natural.

This building shows that you can build houses and buildings that use other by-products but also at the end of this buildings life, it may be in 20 years time or hundred years' time this whole building can be pulled apart reused and recycled or re made into something else.

I'm really obsessive about using only materials that can be easily recycled and are non-toxic to work with.

The materials in this house are simple really, steel which is so easy to recycle, straw and then we've got timbers that are made using glues that are made from soybeans rather than petroleum.

Things like this timber is sourced from wharf timber everything else is pretty double glazed windows locally made viridian glass and then best of all we have got a green roof up there.

My dream is that councils will enforce all our new buildings to have roofs like this.

The benefits are just many but creating habitat for birds, bee's wildlife.

Cooling the surrounding temperatures so you don't have a hot surface that's radiating heat in summer.

Slowing down storm water runoff.

It's a massive insulator.

You don't get the heat gain in summer inside so you don't need air-conditioning inside and you don't get the heat loss in winter.

Yeah it's a great thing to have you know rather than be able to sit on the roof and have a drink.

How goods that!?

To me this building is perfection you know this is.

.. habitat created for not just for the people that live in it. But for the birds, bees and animals and insects.

I think for us to be sustainable we have to live without generating any waste it's gotta go down that path.

So this house is sort of built in reverse – the bathrooms and kitchen were made in Williamstown in an old factory and we found a disused or deregistered shipping container.

So we built all the kitchen and all the joinery.

Bathrooms at the back, toilets at the back, laundry in one container.

The beauty about this is that you use a hell of a lot less plumbing. Centralised hot water.

You don't lose much heat and you don't use a lot of energy so you turn the hot tap on you're within a couple of meters of your hot water service.

A lot of it is not really high tech it logical practical ideas.

It's about using as little amount of energy as possible so there's no cooling, there's no air conditioning in this house, there's no heating other than a fireplace.

So it's all about positioning of the windows and cross ventilation that's key.

I really hope and dream that the houses that will get built will have green roofs so that in 20-30 or 40 years time you will actually fly into Melbourne and you'll see this big green mass of trees and vegetation and bee-hives and birds and that's where the future is really going to be I think.

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Sustainable Cities - Joost Bakker
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