Sustainable Coastlines launched The Flagship in Auckland's Wynyard Quarter in March 2017. Built to the Living Building Challenge criteria — the world's most rigorous measure of sustainability in the built environment — the building was constructed from over 85% salvaged and waste materials. The result is a unique and inspiring education centre and events space which is now open to the public from 10am to 5pm, seven days a week.
The project itself is a showcase of creative building design and practices, and sustainable building products which are all readily available to the construction industry.
Sustainable Coastlines used Premium Floorings Mohawk Group EcoFlex NXT PVC-Free modular carpet tiles to finish the floor with the FlexLok Tab installation system. "We highly recommend going down to the Flagship and taking a tour," says Rachel Alexander, Sustainability Manager at Premium Flooring. "Sustainable Coastlines have built something with real meaning that's here for everyone to learn from."
Andrew Howson, Business Development Manager for Sustainable Coastlines explains, "Having a living example of such a building in Auckland's bustling CBD precinct is a great beacon to those inspired to build in a more sustainable way. We needed to source clean Red List Free Materials. Premium Flooring's Declare red list free carpet tiles and installation system have been a great advantage for us, to have not only knowledgable people behind the product, but an actual product fit for purpose."
Since opening in March, the building has already been a huge success, helping the charity to enable people to look after the coastlines and waterways that they love. The building features a rain collection system for drinkable water, an on-site grey water processing system using native plants, composting toilets and community planter boxes built by volunteers. Every aspect of the design has been carefully considered for regeneration of the land and community around it.
Sustainable Coastlines are experts at creating communities and inspiring people, and their ability to engage not only volunteers, but industry representatives has been one of the keys to The Flagship's success.
"One of our big goals is to educate people to increase their capacity to meaningfully engage. Not only have we built an education centre fit for purpose, but the whole journey has been about education," says Howson. "We've had great involvement from the likes of Maori and Pacifika Trades Training, the Department of Corrections, and all walks of volunteers who learned about health and safety, best building practices, and above all, how to look after the places they love. This has created a great network of committed people who have all contributed greatly to this project, but now have the capacity to extend their own reach to the communities that they spend most time with."