Nov 09

The SQID ® (Stormwater Management Device) range of products is designed with durability and UV stability built-in.  Constructed of polyethylene and stainless steel, these products are designed to last.  Once manufactured and installed, these products contribute no more pollution to the environment, and are made of 100 percent recyclable materials.

Authorities have begun to act to ensure that storm water pollutants are captured at the source.  With this in mind, the SQID ® range of litter and sediment traps (LST) were developed.

The SQID® litter and sediment traps would become an integral part of a storm water treatment plan that councils are being urged to implement.  (See: Modern urban storm water quality management plans and guideline, March 2001, Queensland Government Environmental Protection Agency.)  It is envisaged that this will help reduce the impact of urban development on the ecosystem.  This will greatly improve the likelihood of sustainable development.  Developers will also benefit by installing the SQID ® systems, as this may facilitate development plans if they are seen to be ecologically sound.

The benefits to the environment are immeasurable. Many of these have been discussed in lengthy papers and reports by environmental agencies over time. Some of these include the reduction of discarded and trimmed vegetation that depletes the oxygen levels in water as it decomposes, thus contributing to the blue green algae problem.  Cigarette butts are stopped at the source.  These cause immeasurable damage to the ecosystem as they have life expectancy far exceeding that of natural components.  Plastic bags, broken bottles, discarded wrappers, and all forms of litter otherwise known as gross pollutants are stopped at the source.  All these items have been found to be trapped by the SQID ® systems.

It has been found with field observation and experiments that as the litter and sediment is trapped, there is a tendency for Pollutants such as nutrients, trace metals, free oil and grease as well as smaller particles below 2 mm to be entrapped in the litter is well, thus reducing further pollutants to the ecosystem.

The systems are primarily designed to capture and maintain sediment and pollutants from areas such as industrial areas, car parks, courtyards, driveways and kerbside channelling.  There are many various applications that the SQID ® systems may be useful.

For more information visit http://sqid.com.au/

Nov 09

Due to the amazing response for the governments stimulus package, as of the 2nd November the federal government’s rebate for insulation for existing homes has been reduced to $1,200. This however can still substantially reduce the cost of insulating your home in most cases $1,200 will insulate approximately 110 square meters. Leaving in most cases only a few hundred dollars left over for the consumer to pick up.

If you have any questions regarding the rebate and what it covers please see our earlier blog or go to http://www.environment.gov.au/energyefficiency/insulation/index.html for more information.

Nov 03

The Queensland Government is introducing new sustainable housing laws to improve the water and energy efficiency of our homes and encourage smarter more efficient designs.

What is a sustainable house?

Sustainable housing is a simple concept, the trick is working out how to make the home use as little, water and energy as possible. Utilising smart design and clever room planning. Queensland attracts thousands of new residents each year putting an ever growing strain on our resources. It is for this reason a number of new laws came into effect on the first of March 2009, with others being introduced throughout the year until March 2010.

All new houses, townhouses, units and any major renovations will be required to hold a 5 star energy equivalence rating or higher. This rating takes in consideration the design of the building, the roof, walls, windows and floors as well as many other factors. It does not however include the use of efficient fixtures such as lighting, water heating etc.

Ways in which your home can improve it’s star rating are, northern orientation of living rooms, natural ventilation, insulation, treated glazing and many more. It is estimated that 5 star housing will save over 500,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases by 2020 equivalent to taking 119,000 cars off the road.

The 5 star homes not only benefit the environment but they are also more comfortable to live in cheaper to heat and cool minimising your electricity/gas bills and reducing your carbon footprint.