As we tackle the issues of climate change and inevitably move towards a carbon restricted economy, many are looking for a solution for future generations. Sustainability is the solution and John Brodie has the answers to show business how being green will not only improve practice – both socially and environmentally - but may also save money.
John Brodie established VIM Sustainability Consulting in 2003 to cater for the growing demand for his individual expertise and the interest in sustainability, due to our increased awareness of climate change.
When properly managed, sustainability has been proven to increase profits and reduce environmental loads while improving occupant health and comfort. Sustainability is more than changing light globes and installing a water tank - it is a coordinated, cost effective approach and philosophy that minimises risk and maximises opportunity for businesses and homes.
John is a construction professional with more than 30 years experience in a variety of contracting disciplines covering project management, design management, architecture and building.
John is passionate about practical sustainability in the built environment and has promoted sustainable building since the 1970’s to architects, clients and authorities.
Focusing on providing sustainable yet practical concept design, construction and operational management strategies, John offers solutions for all components of the built environment. This includes building thermal and energy assessments using the latest software packages and advising on project compliance under the new Section J Building Code of Australia (BCA) requirements for Energy Efficiency.
John is a project management graduate from the University of Technology, Sydney.
His other qualifications include:
• Accredited ‘Green Star’ Professional
• Accredited Thermal Building Assessor in AccuRate - second generation
thermal and energy analysis software for Association of Building
Sustainability Assessors (ABSA)
• Accredited for DesignBuilder- and EnergyPlus- building thermal and
energy modelling software by Institute of Engineers
• Licensed builder
• Full member of Australian Institute of Project Managers (MAIPM)
• Full member Association of Building Sustainability Assessors (ABSA)
• Affiliate member Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers
Sustainability –Risk or Opportunity-The New Imperative
The rapidly changing climate based world demands a new vision for the future. A new Imperative is born. As we move towards a carbon restricted economy what risks or opportunities does business face and how does business mitigate to maximise those risks or opportunities. ‘Opportunity’ is the way forward. The doom and gloom of the climate change scenario needs to be replaced with the ‘opportunity’ scenario that is just waiting for business to profit from. Climate change is the greatest opportunity we have as a civilization and we need to grasp it with both hands. Can you afford not to?
Sustainability –The Triple Bottom Line
Trying to sell sustainability on an environmental basis alone is difficult, despite the evidence of climate change. Many believe sustainability will cost a lot of money to implement and provide a poor ROI, but this is not necessarily the case. Embracing sustainability encourages smart businesses to improve financial, social and environmental outcomes, providing the Triple Bottom Line solution. John will explain how businesses can ensure this solution is covered in all future techniques and processes.
1. Sustainable Building: The Way of the Future
Sustainability should become a policy for the future to cope with the demands of modern buildings and the occupants’ comfort, as well as the environment.
2. The Cost of Sustainability
Despite thoughts to the contrary, building in a sustainable way adds value and is cost effective, as well as encouraging innovation, efficiency and practicality. Well designed sustainable buildings can be significantly cheaper to build and operate long term.
3. Designing to Suit the Environment
More than 85 per cent of buildings are badly designed for their situation. A well designed building will use less heating and cooling and maximise natural light to save money, the environment and our health.
4. Creating Healthy Buildings
Making all buildings healthy, particularly those used for health care purposes, will ensure they are more effective, cost less and are more enjoyable for occupants.
5. Sustainability: The lessons Learned
A look at the pitfalls, do’s and don’ts as well as the lessons learned when
incorporating sustainability into design, build and operations.