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10+ Years with the Green Building Council of Australia

Ecomplish is so proud to have been associated with the GBCA for over 10 years! I remember attending one of the first public forums on the Council’s plans in Canberra back in 2003; I had personally experienced some of the huge gaps in the building industry, that thankfully Green Star now fills. It has been …

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Sunseeker at Byron Bay Opens

The gorgeous Sunseeker has opened for bookings just in Byron Bay Australia. The amazing rooms can be booked via The owner has incorporated many sustainability features and is a model for others. Ecomplish was proud to be involved in the project as their sustainability advisor.

Free House Designs on YourHome website

YourHome is best sustainable house guide our Government has ever commissioned. The addition of free sample House Designs merely adds to its credentials as an easy-to-use resource for anyone interested in improving their home or considering a new house. It is now easy to build homes that achieve 7.5 to 9 Star NatHERS ratings. Enjoy …

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Sustainability for JCU $98M Technology Innovation Centre

Ecomplish is proud to have just been engaged on another James Cook University design project, this time for the Technology Innovation Centre by KIRK Studio. We cannot reveal much yet but sustainability professionals dsquared and Ecomplish have high hopes. The project is looking to back up its big ESD claims with a nation-leading green building …

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How to make a company or building carbon neutral in Australia

To make an organisation or company or building carbon neutral (or even impact positive) the same process can be applied, namely: MEASURE:          Calculate emissions REDUCE:              Develop and implement an emissions reduction strategy OFFSET:               Purchase offsets to compensate for remaining emissions VALIDATE:           Arrange independent validation REPORT:              Publish a public statement of your carbon neutral claim You …

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EarthCheck green building design certification available for hotels and resorts

If you are a developer in the hospitality industry, have you considered using the EarthCheck’s scientific benchmark and certification system to perfect your design and operations? Ben O’Callaghan can now assist as a trained and certified EarthCheck Design Accredited Professional (EDAP). We currently offer free assessments of projects, regardless of their planning or design stage: …

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Tesla Model X experiences: life-changing driving

After reviewing the electric car options, I opted to purchase the Tesla Model X six months ago and have not regretted it. The technology in these cars has to be seen to be believed. Safety for my family was a key factor, and this car is one of the safest SUVs in the world to …

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Banksia Sustainability Award Finalist: Early Learning Centre QLD

Congratulations to Loving Hearts childcare centre again for becoming a Finalist in this year’s Banksia Sustainability Awards in the medium business category

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 sustainable building called “The Science Place”. This James Cook University $80M centre has been certified LEED Gold. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is the world’s most recognised Green Building certification system, …

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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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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:

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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