With this project our clients wanted a modern, low-maintenance cladding that didn’t require extensive and costly ongoing maintenance. To accomplish this, we decided to use Stack Stone to give a smart, presentable and rustic appearance. To break up the Stack Stone and add sharp architectural lines we added ModWood feature trimmings, with an aim to blend the building in with its leafy Elwood surroundings.
Both the Stack Stone and ModWood are made from recycled materials and have a minimal ecological footprint. This is in line with our sustainable practices, alongside the Green Building Council of Australia’s drive of the transition of the Australian property industry towards sustainability by promoting green building programs, technologies, design practices and operations, as well as the integration of green building initiatives into mainstream design and construction.
Stack Stone Veneers have been used in a number of distinct and unique applications, including building facades, interior walls, flooring, shower walls, columns, and much more. It’s a first choice for many due to the product’s ease of installation, plus its unique ability to be used in areas where stone or masonry wouldn’t have previously been considered. Stack Stone Veneers can also be used in the manufacturing of indoor and outdoor planters, residential or commercial water features, and automotive, marine and RV panelling.
Benefits of Stack Stone
Natural materials such as slate, mica and sandstone are durable, generally easy to work with, but are quite heavy and improbable in many applications. These solid natural stones have been the only practical means of creating that real stone look, until now.
Stack Stone Veneer is a flexible, lightweight, colourful and unique material, with unlimited application possibilities. The introduction of this exciting new material addresses the need for an adaptable, durable, flexible and weather-resistant stone veneer.
Green and Sustainable
Stack Stone Veneer is a very sustainable product – because of its unique manufacturing process, each sheet represents just a thin layer of the natural stone. Due to the extremely light weight of Stack Stone Veneer, less fuel is used for its transportation compared to other stone or tile products. Savings in packaging materials is an added advantage.
ModWood is leading the way with its environmentally friendly, low-maintenance range of wood composite decking boards, which are made from eco-building materials such as recycled milk containers and non-virgin pine products.
ModWood is committed to conserving the Australian environment, using eco-friendly decking materials to create high-quality recycled decking. Approximately 90 percent of the material content of their decking boards is either recycled or reclaimed. Each lineal metre of ModWood decking board contains approximately 37 recycled plastic milk bottles and around two kilograms of reclaimed pine dust (137 x 23 mm board).
ModWood and the Environment
ModWood’s use of eco-friendly decking materials makes their products particularly suitable for ecologically sensitive areas, as they contain no nasty chemicals that could leach out. The environment doubly benefits, as the product uses recycled and waste products that would otherwise be squandered, potentially ending up as landfill.
The pine dust used within their decking boards is a by-product of timber milling. By using this eco-building material, we are conserving our precious native forest timbers, and making positive inroads to reducing global warming and habitat degradation. The pine used comes from AFS (Australian Forestry Standard) certified plantation-grown, sustainably managed pine. And as ModWood requires no painting, staining or oiling, potentially polluting preservatives are also avoided.
ModWood is developing a ‘cradle to grave’ policy, installing facilities to allow them to fully recycle products when they are at the effective end of their lives. This will allow them to fully recycle any waste that is inadvertently generated during the manufacture of their products.
Green Building Council Member
ModWood is a member of the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), which was established in 2002, to develop a sustainable Australian property industry and drive the adoption of green building practices through market-based solutions.