Terrazzo Australian Marble’s Featured Global Spot: Parc Hadau

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If improvements are to be made with how people live, it must start at home. This is the reason why residential buildings continue to be at the forefront of priorities for innovations when it comes to finding ways to lower carbon emissions. From building efficient homes by using passive design principles, to selecting sustainable materials, such as bamboo, timber, stone and terrazzo, the climate crisis demands for more conscious and immediate answers to be used and implemented today onwards.

This Terrazzo Australian Marble’s Featured Global Spot article presents a residential development in Wales that has responded to the call for carbon neutral residences for the future.

To expound a bit on zero-carbon housing, these are single family dwellings which are designed to have very efficient use of energy (also more commonly called “energy efficiency”.) Think about a single unit conceptualized and designed to use the least energy possible, from construction to actual use. An architect and the builders may feel a real sense of achievement by having produced a climate-responsive unit. But imagine the impact of replicating this efficiency across a community of houses – you have a community of people living responsibly by limiting their carbon emissions daily.

Parc Hadau was designed to be a carbon neutral neighbourhood in Wales. Having received the Welsh Government’s Innovation Housing Programme fund, this community intends to battle the climate emergency by employing a passive design approach and renewable energy technologies. Passive design means the design of every house ensures a correct balance of daylight, heat loss, and thermal efficiency so that the dwellers need not use more energy to live more comfortably.

The beauty of Parc Hadau’s community is that efficiency does not stop indoors. Residents will also be encouraged to travel more sustainably with the provision of electric car charging ports and storage areas for cycles for every residence. Car club facilities will also be available for residents to also reduce the demand for private car ownership.

The demand for efficient and responsible homes and communities will continue to soar as people become more conscious of their lifestyle’s impact to the environment. Preparing and building the dwellings of future generations is the responsibility of architects and designers today. There will never be a better time to aim for responsible lifestyles across countries and around the world.

Terrazzo Australian Marble’s Featured Global Spot is a series of articles featuring noteworthy spaces, created with ingenious architecture and interior design from around the world. To learn about Terrazzo and how it can be incorporated in your design and projects in Australia, talk to Terrazzo Australian Marble today. 

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Terrazzo Australian Marble’s Featured Global Spot: Montreal’s Le Marie-Victorin

Montreal's Le Marie-Victorin

In this Terrazzo Australian Marble’s Featured Global Spot article, we highlight an educational institution in Montreal Canada that’s created a space for quality training and education by creating a green suburban haven for students and adult learners. The play of modern and historical values combined concrete, metal, terrazzo, and wood, with unique shapes and colors.

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Working with Limitations: The Responsibility of Modern Interior Designers

Every interior designer has had to work with limitations. From graphic design, to interior design, or architecture, every designer has experienced how productivity and the overall process of creation is curtailed by limitations on budget, production systems, software, or general resources. But what if the limitations are being set by the environment that is becoming ever more vulnerable to abuse and degradation?

The world is now being shaped by how humans are shifting more and more towards cities and mega-centers. The consumption patterns and demands of global populations are putting immense pressure on production. This, in turn, takes a much bigger toll on the degradation of natural resources. Even though the technologically advanced cities, such as New York, Paris, Tokyo, Sydney, and Helsinki, are more rapidly embracing sustainable development, countless cities across the world continue to fall behind when it comes to implementing sustainable and smart solutions across every aspect of city living. While experts would argue that mass behavior starts with an individual taking initiative, it is undeniable that global shifts in behavior are driven by design which is dominant, imposing, and non-negotiable. This burden rests on the shoulders of every designer in society. And every designer is being urged to work with limitations being set by the natural environment.

For architects and interior designers, the immediate burden is to find sources that will minimize excessive extraction of natural resources. Whether it is deciding on wood, marble, or terrazzo for flooring, the challenge is to work with less, to maximize the existing, to make the old new again. It is not a question of which material is better for design – every material suits a different kind of design. It now a matter of finding the most innovative ways to get these materials in a manner that does not use more of something that the earth cannot replenish in a year, a decade, or even a century.

The limitation set by the natural environment is becoming a harder and clearer line. Modern designers are called to influence the creative decisions, and not just to sit at the end of the process in order to generate wealth from the most lucrative projects in mega-cities. With consciousness on the impacts of their design, designers are called to keep the environment’s limitations in mind. If designers with their expertise on materials and production do not advocate responsible and sustainable practices, it will be much harder for those who do not have this level of expertise or consciousness to even care about these limitations. The responsibility weighs heavier on responsible design now more than ever.

How Terrazzo and Metal Elevates Interior Design

Metal is an essential element not only in the structural make of any infrastructure but also in creating forward designs that are defining the 21st century. With terrazzo tiles and marble remaining in the timeless materials for interior design, combining metals and terrazzo in design undeniably pushes

residential terrazzo
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1. Straightforward creativity

Metals are associated with definition, precision, and a polished approach. The versatility of terrazzo, combining different aggregates to achieve different hues, can bring out creativity in design. Having these two elements in a space can create an atmosphere of structure with creativity

2. Angles and flow

Since metal is versatile with its varying forms (e.g. brass, aluminum, copper) it allows interior designers to create edges and curves in manners that suit their overall theme. Matched with terrazzo flooring and furniture pieces complements the plain and minimalist finish of metal in interior spaces.

3. Sustainable design

Withstanding the normal wear and tear is a trait both metals and terrazzo share. With its core materials remaining unchanged over the years, these materials can be recycled and re-purposed even after years of being used.

4. Hot and cold hues

Gold and brass metals provide warm hues in interior design, while white and grey terrazzo creates a cooler tone. Terrazzo’s flexibility when it comes to color combination helps designers balance or complement hot and cold hues.

5. Rustic and unashamed

Corrugated metal is now being extended from a roofing material to interior design creating a rustic, raw look. Matched with the polished black and gold terrazzo countertop, this type of metal can bring forward a fresh look even to the smallest kitchens.

These two elements are creating timeless combinations for interior design for households, office, or community spaces. Talk to us for requirements of Terrazzo in Sydney.

Construction Purchasing: Finding the Right Flooring Supplier in Sydney

Purchasing officers of construction firms play a vital role in delivering construction excellence while realizing significant profit for the firm. With the influx of imported materials, competition is becoming tougher for suppliers in Sydney. This is, in fact, a good opportunity for construction companies to find the best partners in delivering quality and excellent results. How can purchasing departments and officers know if they’re tapping the right flooring suppliers in Sydney?

1. Compare pricing for the same materials delivered to different locations

It is easy to ask for a quotation from different suppliers on a single project and location and to compare pricing based on a single common denominator. But, to find a long-term partner in flooring supplies, one good way to test fairness and robustness of a supplier’s pricing structure is to ask for quotation for the same materials to be delivered to different project sites. Flooring suppliers of course include in their costing the delivery costs. It is easy to spot discrepancies in pricing of the same supplier if you ask for pricing of the same materials for different project sites and compare that with other suppliers who are also quoting for the same project sites. This way, you can establish which one can provide more margin of profit over a longer time period and number of projects in the pipeline.

2. Check for record of actual installations, do site visits as needed

Suppliers will of course publicize former projects as part of credibility-building. It will not hurt to get in touch with the purchasing team of the finished project to check quality of finished product. But, a more crucial thing to check is the professionality and efficiency of the supplier in handling the project from start to completion. Customer interface in the construction industry continues to be vital in building connections and being recommended as a construction supplier. It will not hurt to do a background check on new and potential flooring suppliers.

3. Review repair and maintenance clause of proposals

This is important especially for Terrazzo flooring suppliers. The cost that is usually carried by the construction contractor pertains to repair and maintenance of flooring. For construction companies, it is common to find another contractor to offer maintenance and post-construction support. But good flooring suppliers especially for Terrazzo suppliers may have value-adding clauses on their contracts pertaining to post-installation and construction maintenance. Review these details and compare with other suppliers, if possible.

Talk to Terrazzo Australian Marble today to learn how we can be your company’s ideal flooring partner in Sydney.