The Dulux Head Office in Clayton was designed for sustainability. Over 80% by weight construction waste was re-used or recycled. Construction was designed to permit dismantling for possible re-use and recovery of all components.
Recycled rubber was used in carpet underlay and the flooring of the canteen and tea areas. Only sustainable forested timber was used in construction.
Up to 100% filtered fresh air is supplied to occupants, if outdoor conditions are appropriate (average of 140 days pa). Air quality monitors alert system to air quality changes. For example, if CO2 or formaldehyde levels increase, these changes trigger fresh air to be released. To create a “low allergen” environment, low and zero volatile organic compound paint and carpets were used and formaldehydes and adhesives minimised. Dedicated exhausts were built in for print and copy rooms.
Rainwater is collected in underground storage (60,000 litres) to flush WCs and urinals and to pre-cool air conditioning condenser coils. Showers, hand basins and toilets have ‘AAA’ water minimising fittings. This results in reduced discharge of stormwater and sewerage due to use on site. Landscape design incorporates recycled water for passive enjoyment by staff. Landscaping designed to provide best achievable level of water use, and native plants for oxygen generation.
The Dulux Protective Coatings research and development laboratories are part of the DuluxGroup Innovation Centre based in Clayton Victoria. These purpose built state-of-the-art labs are proof of our long term commitment to world-class research and development We have worked in collaboration with the CSIRO, the Universities of Melbourne and Monash and other scientific entities.
The new Dulux Merrifield manufacturing plant incorporates the latest in world-class paint making technology in the heart of Melbourne’s North. At 22,600m2 on 17 hectares of land, the new $165 million facility is the largest coatings factory in Australia and New Zealand and is proof of our ongoing commitment to high quality Australian manufacturing.
Our other manufacturing sites in Rocklea (Queensland), Dandenong (Victoria) and Wellington (New Zealand) are all certified to AS/NZS ISO 9001.
Dulux Protective Coatings has the most extensive distribution network in the industry, with state based warehouses, company-owned Dulux Trade Centres and independently-owned Trade depots providing reliable service to our customers across Australia and New Zealand.
Environmental sustainability is a core element of the Dulux Protective Coatings business philosophy, with research and development focusing on lower solvent content and water-based alternatives.
The best environmental outcome for a project requires consideration of all significant ecological impacts, both short term and long term. Choosing the right building materials, protected by the best coating systems available to increase durability to reduce the number of times a repaint is essential in reducing our impact on the environment.
All important ecological effects should be taken into account when choosing coatings, not just Volatile Organic Content (VOC).
Hazardous air pollutant (HAP) emissions, solid and liquid waste emissions, thermal energy demands in manufacturing and application and distribution, and durability and performance of the finished material should be impartially compared with alternatives.
All building materials should be assessed for embedded energy and CO2 emission, balanced with their expected life span. For example, whilst concrete emits only water whilst curing, cement production is a significant source of CO2 emission (estimated to be about 5% of all CO2 emissions from human sources worldwide). Yet, if the concrete is continuously protected from acid attack by atmospheric CO2 (the cause of concrete spalling), it can, in fact, last indefinitely.
The argument also goes for steel, a lighter, stronger and faster building material than concrete, and has the advantage of being 100% recyclable at the end of its life.
Both steel and concrete can last almost indefinitely when intelligent long-term design strategies for protecting them from degradation are incorporated, namely protecting and maintaining them with the right protective coatings systems.
Graffitists favour highly visible broadwall areas that are rarely cleaned, as these walls present an enduring showcase for their work. The fact is that where graffiti is removed promptly, subsequent graffiti is much slower to appear, as such areas are not deemed to be worth the effort.
Tags are more likely to appear on walls already carrying tags, as the ego of the graffitist will not allow a rival’s tag to remain unchallenged.
So, an effective plan against graffiti must include (among other things) an effective anti-graffiti system that allows rapid removal of the offending graffiti and reinstatement of the original appearance.
There are several types of product used in the protection of surfaces against graffiti:
Non-sacrificial products include:
- Surface Treatments
- Permanent Two–Pack Coatings
Dulux Protective Coatings delivers a range of graffiti solutions in its Surfaceshield™ range.
The Dulux Protective Coatings Research & Development laboratories continuously develop and refine protective coating formulations with reduced VOCs without compromise in durability.
Our low VOC and waterborne products offer high performance with minimum emission.
Our premium Duration Range offers two-pack high performance with low odour, low VOC and easy water wash up - the perfect choice for Specifiers looking for a waterborne alternative to solvent bases coating systems.
Dulux Protective Coatings’ qualified and experienced technical consultants provide tailor-made solutions for the protection of all types of assets across Australia.
When it comes to specifying coating systems for projects being designed within Green Star guidelines, other established ESD criteria, or you simply wish to maximise your building's longevity and minimise long term impact on the environment, speak to your local Dulux Consultant, or Contact Us on this website.
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