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Murrumba Downs  -  BRISBANE SUSTAINABLE CITY -  Mount Cootha

Sustainability is to keep our environment energy balanced,
and for us to achieve Quality of Life and Excellence, in Peace and fullness of Joy




United Nations (UN)

... Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development ...

un 2030


from the SDG Report 2019
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... with these new Goals that universally apply to all, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind. ...

Human Needs

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

Here is my two cents
Thinking Sustainable vs Achieving the 17 Goals of the UN Agenda 2030
1 (*) No Poverty
Sustainability in terms of energy savings, dignify and improve the lifestyle of all.
Building sustainable houses considering: Quality - Structural & Emergency - Standard Specifications - Code compliant; brings dignity, high respect for our congeners, add value chain, and allow Peace and Happiness.

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Using Straw as Construction material
Building with Straw is a quality, affordable and sustainable construction.

Advantages:

Benefits: Houses (two or three levels), Offices, retail or high risk material store Warehouses, Workshops will benefits of the use of straw to build load bearing or timber structural insulated walls and roofs.
Savings: Embebed energy, Noise and Heating/Cooling and at least 4 hours Fire retardant. energy savings, warmth of exterior/interior unlimited design, 100 years Life Span, and easy recycling. Makes straw one of the best material to use in the building industry.
Cost of building: Same as the normal construction. The economy is far worth it by low maintenance, refurbishing, gas and electricity energy savings during the life span.
Straw bale construction is not only for the elite, but for every body wanting innovative and created unlimited forms and shapes. Helping to achieve a sustainable world, and carbon emissions footprint.
Building sustainable houses considering: Quality - Structural & Emergency - Standard Specifications - Code compliant; brings dignity, high respect for our congeners, add value chain, and allow Peace and Happiness.

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These guidelines list the best practices to consider:

Design by: Architect, constructed by Building professionals or assesed Tradies, Owner builder's and helpers' communities.
Using Straw: Bales (two or three strings) or compacted straw in prefabricated timber panels, to standards
Timber/Concrete foundations: moisture drainage, between the bottom of straw walls and top of foundations.
Timber structure: moisture insulation, barrier, or capillary break with structural elements.
Reinforcement: can be reinforced with rebars, wood, or pins of bamboo.
Termites protection for timber: Underground or surface protection for timber are a must, no exceptions.
Walls: can be stuccoed with mortar made of cement/sand or lime based, and reinforced with trend mesh (wire diamond shaped).
Straw walls: Mortar water proof, with permeability, workability and durability additives - check sustainable solutions.
Roof insulation: Straw insulation panels between roof and ceiling.
Roof structure: may be structurally design with eaves, gutters and piping down. Also, preferable to support Solar pannels.
Plumbing: Water piping must be well sealled to avoid leaks. Standards compliance.
Power: electrical conduits and circuits fire resistance. Standards compliance.
Windows: embebed on walls with timber frame, well sealed to straw/mortar and double or triple glass thickness.

Optional:

Fire Protection mortar - Roof water tanks - Solar panels - Plasters (lean mortar as ornament)
Mortar with reinforcement and trench mesh - Pre build straw frames.

2 (*) Zero Hunger
Building with recyclable materials help to reduce Cost of food production making them Affordable and better Quality.

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3 (*) Good Health and Well-Being
Use of sustainable materials, in building/Construction, help to reduce substantially the impact on the environment of human activity in terms of pollution, damage to ecosystems, atmosphere, and the depletion of natural resources; which will improve Health and Well-Being.

4 (*) Quality Education
Educating Professionals, Architects, Builders, Trades and Owner builders - motivating the use of quality systems and sustainable materials: straw, timber, vermin protection, specifications, guidelines, construction systems. Also including: Sustainable Intelligence: Artificial Intelligence, Business Intelligence, Analytics,
Data Science, Biomimicry/Biomimetics, Biomorphism, Echosystems.

5 Gender Equality
Quality Building Education for all genders

6 (*) Clean Water and Sanitation
Applying Sustainable Systems like Rainwater - Biodegradable waste.

7 (*) Affordable and Clean Energy
Saving energy with sustainable materials like Straw, Solar panels, Wind Powered, is Cost effective and add Value-chain

8 Decent Work and Economic Growth
Better and more positive than decent work, I would say dignifying law-abiding work to achieve Excellence as Human beings, that is Economic Development, which occurs when policymakers work to improve the welfare of citizens.
Therefore, the number 8 goal should read:
8. Dignifying work and Economic Development

9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

10 Reduced Inequalities

11 (*) Sustainable Cities and Communities
Motivation to Sustainable Development

12 (*) Responsible Consumption and Production
Consumption and Production of Sustainable materials - code compliant - design and construction standards
NEW Environmental Code - improve fabrication of straw bale with specification code compliance.

13 (*) Climate Action
Use of sustainable materials, in building/Construction, help to reduce substantially the impact on the environment of human activity in terms of pollution, damage to ecosystems, and the depletion of natural resources, actioning favourably over Climate.

14 Life Below Water
Avoiding catastrophic events like spill of fuel...

15 (*) Life on Land
Increasing Quality of Houses to have a longer lifespan
Extending the end of Life Span to Recycling

16 (*) Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Improving Quality of Life and Excellence, in Peace and Happiness
Integrity, Honesty are basics of Strong Institutions

17 (*) Partnerships for the Goals
Improving Quality of Life and Excellence, in Peace, Harmony and Fairness will make a Happy World

How our Research Project will help to achieve the UN goals (*) above.

"Our Universe is an ecological sustainable environment,
perfectly balanced,as Eden,
an eternal paradise,
such that allow life and existence."

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