App could help cut amount of building waste

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Finding a use for everything, even the kitchen sink, is the aim of a new project by the Better Building Working Group.

It has been awarded $15,508 from the Queenstown Lakes Council waste minimisation community fund to promote an app called CivilShare that allows users to share surplus building materials.

Spokeswoman Ruth Blunt said the funds would help address construction waste on a local level.
Users of the app can list material, fixtures or fittings, connecting with others who can find a use for items recovered from demolition or new build sites.
‘‘Materials we might see being traded include any ex demo or surplus material you might find on site, like Gib, insulation, timber, fixtures and fittings.’’

The aim was to reduce the amount of construction or demolition waste going to landfill.
Instead it could be used on smaller projects such as sleepouts or sheds, she said.
The app was free todownload and easy to use.

Users could create a listing of resources, equipment or labour they have available, or set up a notification for a specific item they might want.

‘‘It’s good timing for those who need material to connect with those who have surplus material and keep those resources in use through an app like CivilShare.’’

With the Building Act’s new building consent exemptions, smaller projects, such as sleepouts and sheds, could benefit from the surplus or ex demolition material of other projects, she said.

Wanaka Wastebusters and One New Zealand made a joint application on behalf of the Better Building Working Group.
The group appreciated the council’s support and backing of the project.
‘‘The funding will help us address the industry’s waste on a local level and take positive steps as a community to keep surplus building and ex demo material in circulation,’’ she said.