Where possible local, regional and Australian products and materials were specified in the Nightingale 2.0 (Fairfield) project by Six Degrees Architects. Traditional land owners: The Wurundjeri people. Image: Tess Kelly.Read time: 3 minutes

The careful selection of building materials and products and their use in design has the potential to reduce life-cycle environmental impacts — including resource depletion and consumption, habitat and biodiversity loss, environmental pollution and toxicity — and contribute to the environmental performance of a building. Materials can be selected to minimise construction waste and maximise reuse and recycling. Materials should also be selected to avoid chemical risks to human health and the environment.