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LEED Gold “The Science Place” university building film launched

Ecomplish is proud to launch the short documentary film (below) we have just finished shooting and producing about the LEED-certified sustainable building called “The Science Place” at James Cook University. This $80M centre was LEED certified Gold just over 12 months ago. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is the world’s …

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Top 10 Tips for achieving Green Star Communities certification

“Green Star – Communities” is Australia’s most recognised sustainability rating tool for neighbourhoods and precincts. To obtain a rating for a project, evidence must be submitted demonstrating that the project has been designed to be very sustainable. Preparing a submission can take many hours over a few months; however, there are steps you can take …

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Hyundai’s new IONIQ Car in Australia – details and review

Information for Ecovillage residents and other interested parties: Update 12 April 2019: As Tesla have dropped the price of their cars in Australia by up to $80,000 recently I am now looking to purchase one of these as they seem to have more advantages and range. e.g. the only 7 seater electric SUV: https://www.tesla.com/en_AU/modelx Update …

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Loving Hearts a Queensland Winner

Loving Hearts childcare centre constructed by Jorgensens, has taken out the Queensland Master Builder’s Excellence in Energy Efficiency and Environmental Management Award. Ecomplish was proud to be involved in the project, conducting the first feasibility study in 2015, then managing the sustainable design. We are also engaged to manage the centre’s sustainable operational performance, to …

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Sustainable Living Focus Groups

This year, Ecomplish has been working with a major residential developer to conduct ‘innovation’ focus groups and test a new concept in sustainable living, in three capital cities. Stay tuned for more information on the potential new premium offering, as the results come in..

Loving Hearts childcare wins Master Builder’s award

Congratulations to Jorgensens Builders for winning the Master Builders Queensland Excellence in Energy Efficiency and Environmental Management award – Gold Coast.  Ecomplish was proud to be involved as the sustainability manager on the project, which is arguably the most sustainable childcare centre in Australia. More: https://lovingheartschildcare.com.au/sustainability/

It’s time to dream: planning a new ecovillage in Victoria “Little Springs Village”

Keynote speaker Ben O’Callaghan presented to a full room of 70 residents at Huon Hill on Wednesday night about a visionary grass-roots ecovillage project called Little Springs Village in Wodonga, Victoria. Ben also took the audience through several interesting statistics on Currumbin Ecovillage in Queensland, the most awarded residential estate in Australia. The event was …

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A new sustainable community for Yeppoon Queensland

Local residents and landholders on the coast of Queensland have employed Ben O’Callaghan of Ecomplish to provide professional advice on the planning and design of a new sustainable community. The site is amazing and will provide produce for residents on the fertile soils, near Yeppoon’s coastline, the gateway to the famous Great Keppel Island. Is …

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New Childcare centre awarded first EnviroDevelopment certification

Loving Hearts Child Care Centre and Kindergarten has been awarded Australia’s first UDIA EnviroDevelopment rating for a child care centre, demonstrating its industry-leading credentials. Loving Hearts has been designed and constructed to set a new benchmark in sustainable childcare centre design, construction and operation for Australia. It is arguably Australia’s most sustainable childcare centre, with …

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We need more affordable living, instead of affordable housing

“For too long Governments have focused on funding affordable living, meaning many Australian’s have been left in ‘affordable housing’ apartments with high utility costs. This results from poor design, because developers of affordable housing are not incentivised to focus on passive solar design and reduce heating and cooling costs, whilst increasing things like daylight and …

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Gold Gold Gold… The Science Place achieves momentous LEED certification

After three years of planning, design and construction, the James Cook University Science building called The Science Place has achieved a highly-prized green building rating. The LEED® Gold Certification is the first LEED rating of any level, for a new building in Queensland. The certification also shows The Science Place has become one of the …

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QUT stage 1 demolition completed

Stage 1 of the Education Precinct building in Kelvin Grove in Brisbane has been completed. Builder Hansen Yuncken are about to commence the structural construction works. The design successfully achieved its 5 Star ‘Green Star’ design rating from the GBCA by leveraging the rating tool experience of dsquared and Ecomplish Sustainability, who have also worked …

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Ecomplish congratulates Lend Lease on MBA Builders Project of the Year AWARD

Congratulations to Lend Lease on their MBA Builders Project of the Year MAJOR AWARD – The James Cook University ‘The Science Place.  Completed in March 2017, The Science Place is an $80 million teaching and learning facility which now promotes the sciences and collocates the JCU science community on Townsville Campus to foster interdisciplinary interactions.  …

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RealEstate.com.au interviews Ben O’Callaghan to create a video

Today, RealEstate.com.au featured Yagoi100, the house with over 100 sustainable design features. In it, Ecomplish Director Ben O’Callaghan explains how the smart combination of key design features can enhance residential quality of life and the local environment, whilst almost eliminating all his utility bills. To view the short video or photos see: www.realestate.com.au/lifestyle/community-living-is-easy-at-currumbin-ecovillage/

Ken Long and Ben O’Callaghan present in Brisbane

DSquared ESD Consultant Ken Long and Ben O’Callaghan presented on sustainability challenges and successes this afternoon in Brisbane at Green Star rated 480 Queen Street building built by Grocon. The Green Building Day was sponsored by Interface Carpets, Big Ass Fans and the GBCA, and what a great event it was.  Keynote speaker Ian Dunlop …

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Ben O’Callaghan invited speaker at GBCA Green Building Day 2017

Ecomplish Director Ben O’Callaghan has been invited by Green Building Council of Australia CEO Romilly Madew, to present at this year’s Green Building Day in Brisbane on 21 June. More

Building commences for Loving Hearts Centre

Construction of the Piggabeen Road childcare centre called Loving Hearts has just commenced. Ecomplish has been the sustainability advisor on the project since 2015. Ecomplish conducted a feasibility study and set the sustainability targets for the project. The project is on track to deliver the nation’s most sustainable early learning education facility. More 

Sustainable development and design ecovillage tour

Today Ecomplish provided a professional sustainability tour to a group of executives from Satterley, Australia’s largest privately owned land developer based in Perth. They found it invaluable and we are finding more people making the trip over from W.A. to find out how Australia’s most awarded estate, The Ecovillage at Currumbin has succeeded and failed …

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International Design Conference talk by Ben O’Callaghan

Dean Landy kindly presented Ben with a copy of his new book, Creating Vibrant Communities, printed just hours earlier, after hearing Ben’s presentation at the 9th International Urban Design Conference in Canberra last week. Smart Urban Villages was founded precisely because it wants to see such elements becoming the norm for urban living.” Ben said. …

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Childcare Sustainability Assessments Completed

Ecomplish have recently completed building sustainability assessments for multiple sites in south east Queensland. Over 60 opportunities were identified, which will improve the buildings and their operations; these are set to save the owners over 20% on their electricity bills alone.