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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

Wrong! on the Internet!

By Karen | February 22, 2018

This morning I read an article in The Conversation that included the word “Green Star”  (including the quotes!)  It’s badly written AND wrong and I made a comment that I realised would be worth keeping here: Conflating what’s happening in the commercial and residential sustainability space is a big mistake and is also wrong about the purpose and scope of…

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Good on me!

By Karen | November 17, 2017

Today i got a lovely call from Sam at Ecoresults to ask if i was happy for him to put my name forward for a new project – yes!  And while we were chatting, he mentioned that my website was down. I thought it weird because I usually check my website about once a week, and when I took a quick…

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Urine!

By Karen | January 14, 2017

A few years ago, when I was still at WSP Built Ecology, I did a presentation at Green Cities.  It was called “Getting our shit together –  A history of human sanitation and how it might apply to building design in the future”   It was fun, it tapped into my unhealthy obsession with composting toilets, and people remembered it…

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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.