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BIG 5: Atlantis says water management firms should be involved in planning a building at the design stage.

Laporte: industry should understand importance of involving waste management firms in initial design stage.
Laporte: industry should understand importance of involving waste management firms in initial design stage.

Australian waste management company, Atlantis, has said that developers in the region need to involve consultants in their projects in the initial stages of design in order to avoid losing out on large amounts of money and time. Currently, the trend is to include environment and waste management consultants when plans for the project are in the advanced stages of design, and sometimes even after construction has begun.

Tim Laporte, executive vice president of Atlantis in Hall 7, stand 7F-317, said: "The developers, consultants and contractors here need to understand the importance of taking us on board in the initial stages of design so that we can tell them exactly what not to do.

"We're called onto projects all the time to do damage control and that then ends up with the project's costs being inflated and massive time loss, and time seems to be the essential element in this part of the world."

Atlantis is working on projects all over the world including the US, UK, Canada and Asia. It is now targeting the Middle East with its green building systems, which enable buildings to have gardens on the ground floor up through the floors of the building and onto the roof as well. "This trend is going crazy in places like Hong Kong and Macau as it allows for buildings to have roof gardens and actual greenery down the sides of a building as well," said Laporte.

"We follow nature's own method of natural infiltration. We use the same water that one uses to water plants and then recycle that water. Our system has grown tremendously around the world and we hope to see it grow in this region as quickly."

Atlantis is currently demonstrating its product for a two million m² farm in the Abu Dhabi region.

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