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Sustainability Consulting

We are a small consultancy located in Richmond. 
We offer advice and support to clients in developing economical, sustainable buildings.

We specialise in...

Green Star

After 15 years of using the Green Star tools, we are experts.

We work with project teams and building owners to develop economical and marketable buildings with high sustainability values.

NABERS

Karen Hovenga is a certified NABERS and CBD assessor.  We prepare energy audits of Offices and Hotels using NABERS.  We can also provide Building Energy Efficiency Certificates (BEEC) for buildings and tenancies to be sold or leased.

BESS

We prepare Sustainability Management Plans for Town Planning submissions.  Our focus is on identifying common construction practise and suggesting minor changes to achieve high sustainability outcomes with a minimum of effort or cost.

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Karen Hovenga

Karen Hovenga, the principal of Karen Hovenga, Sustainability Consulting, is a mechanical engineer with more than 15 years experience.  Karen is a NABERS Assessor, GreenStar Accredited Professional and Green Star Assessor.

From Karen's Blog

Help me build a community stage

By Karen | July 3, 2018

One of the things I enjoy about working for myself is being able to make the time for involvement in my local community.  A few years ago I spent some time singing in a local community band.  We would occasionally perform at local community events, usually on the Richmond or Collingwood Housing Estates.  While we were doing that, my husband,…

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Construction waste – what to do?

By Karen | June 11, 2018

We’ve all heard about the “recycling crisis” but I haven’t heard much more about how it affects the projects we’re working on. So this article in The Age today is a bit of a prompt to find out more. “Since C & D Recycling opened in Lara less than two years ago, it has collected so much industrial material –…

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Climate adaptation plans for Green Star

By Karen | June 7, 2018

Each time I get a new Green Star project I look at the climate adaptation credit and think about doing it myself.  How hard could it be?  The Green Star submission guideline has a good instructions on what’s required and all the reference documents are pretty accessible.  I’ve even read a few that other people have prepared. How hard can…

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Sustainable Transport

We use bicycles to attend meetings and site visits. When longer distances are traveled we will use public transport to supplement the bike.