Services

Sectors

The sectors we specialise in include:

  • Communities – multi residential and master planned estates, mixed use, ecovillages, cohousing.
  • Education – universities and childcare centres
  • Commercial – office buildings
  • Hospitality – hotels & resorts
  • Residential – single dwellings

Services

  • Ecologically Sustainable Design (ESD)

    Ecomplish works with architects and developers to design industry-leading “smart” buildings and communities. For example, providing innovative sustainability features to improve internal comfort, generate power onsite or maximise occupant well-being.

    Ecomplish was appointed as the lead ESD consultant by Hassell Studio for the new $80M Science Facility for James Cook University in Townsville (2013-2017) and by Wilson Architects for the new $90M Education Precinct Building (Brisbane).

    Other examples of ESD roles include Director Ben O’Callaghan:

    o  undertaking the Gold Coast Hilton ESD Audit.

    o  developing the award winning HIA CSR Energy Efficient House 2009 called “Yagoi100” with Architect Degenhart Shed.

    o  working on the Energex Headquarters ($119M) for FKP (Brisbane) with Cox Rayner Architects.

    o  providing ESD services for Helensvale Library (Gold Coast) ($21M), and coordinating 20 other ESD engagements for Cundall.

    o  Completing CDOP4 for AMP Capital ($100M) Milton, Brisbane.

    Ecomplish also offers BIM, Energy Modelling, CFD, NABERS, NatHERS and  NCC Section J modelling services using its partners.

    Sustainable Communities
    Ecomplish is well positioned to provide Australian-industry leading advice on the planning and implementation of progressive communities, and how to get the most out of a conventional residential subdivision, through the use of first-principle design, technology, community facilities, modelling and community engagement. Ecomplish has also developed a liveability index and innovative long-term rental Smart Communities Model with Smart Urban Villages.Ecomplish Director Ben O’Callaghan has 15 years of experience in designing sustainable communities. Specifically Ben is experienced in helping to design, implement and operate a large sustainable community over 12 years, namely The Ecovillage in Currumbin: www.theecovillage.com.au . This estate is the most awarded sustainable estate in Australia with over 32 awards including “The World’s Best Environmental Development” (FIABCI Prix D’Excellence Award).

    As a Cohousing Association member/convenor over three years (2003-2005), Ben developed concept plans for a community-led project, extending his hands-on experience.

    Ben O’Callaghan was the third person in Australia to become a Green Star Accredited Professional (GSAP) for ‘Communities’ and Design/As-Built. He is regularly employed as an independent Certified Assessor for the Green Building Council of Australia to assess projects Australia-wide. EnviroDevelopment Professional and HIA GreenSmart accreditations are also held. Through Ecomplish, Ben offers a unique combination of academic and practical building design experience, and as part of the Green Building Council of Australia’s Placemaking Expert Panel, he develops Australian targets for sustainable urban design.

    “Green” Rating Tools
    Ecomplish are specialists at evaluating the appropriateness of sustainable development and design rating tools. Ecomplish offers clients a range of  tools and models to enhance a development and achieve specific outcomes through Green Star, LEED, WELL, EnviroDevelopment, OnePlanet, Living Building Challenge, NatHERS and other tools. We are also developing a framework for the sustainable design of detached housing that incorporates all levels of sustainability. Ecomplish can provide advice on when to use a certification tool/process and the advantages and disadvantages of each type. Our team enjoys using our experience to ensure new and retrofit solutions maximise each site’s potential and for its particular climatic, social and economic conditions. However, we do not let a tool drive the design which can lead to a perverse outcome.
    Sustainability Education
    Ecomplish have developed a wide range of training material and regularly present to employees and students, on sustainability focused issues. We have experience lecturing at Universities and the VET sector and hold with TAA qualifications. For example, Ben was employed to help developer the Australia’s first VET Business and Home Sustainability Courses. Ben also wrote Bond University’s first core course in Sustainable Urban Development and lectured for 3 years as an Adjunct Teaching Fellow. Ecomplish was also awarded the contract to develop and deliver Smart Living Workshops focusing on energy and toxicity for Gold Coast City Council.Ben has Masters level academic qualifications and have prepared research Papers and Presentations to major conferences, such as the World Sustainable Building Conference in Helsinki, Finland, Australia and NZ Architectural Science Association and National Housing Conference. These include two presentation awards.
    Sustainability Assessments
    Ecomplish undertakes assessments of key operations including water use, energy consumption, waste, transport, materials and management, as it is only possible to identify areas that would benefit the most, through information gathering and assessment exercises. We have experience auditing a range of building types and assisting clients to implement the recommendations. For example, assessing eight buildings for Loreto College 2011-12 which was able to provide 100 practical recommendations for improvement, and 307 Queen St, and 400 Queen St Brisbane.
    Project Management
    Our team has over 18 years of experience with organisations, industry and large Government Departments such as the Australian Tax Office ($400M Change Program), Health Insurance Commission, Telstra and Defence, through Accenture, one of the world’s largest professional consultancy firms. We offer Project Management or Coordination services for small to medium sized projects. Previous roles have included:

    • Coordination of complex programs, timelines, budgets and schedules.
    • Management of staff, training and new systems. HR, marketing, operations, stakeholder management and community consultation.
    • Design and construct coordination.
    • System development.
    • Managing the feasibility study, development and now sustainable operations, of Australia’s most sustainable childcare centre, Loving Hearts

    Tours

    Ecomplish offers guided tours of leading sustainable developments in southeast Queensland. For example, we have led thousands of people through the Ecovillage at Currumbin since 2007, including an award winning residential dwelling, facilities and infrastructure. Contact us for more information.

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