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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

Saving the planet with trains

By Karen | October 12, 2016

I took the Skybus  to the airport on Tuesday and we drove through the backblocks of the airport, past the new freight warehouses.  I saw the trucks backed up to the loading docks,  like I imagine they would have been at the Goods Shed  when the freight trains were loaded and unloaded from the centre of the shed.   The…

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Today’s Green Star lesson – construction waste

By Karen | September 8, 2015

On Friday I received a frantic call from the head contractor, “the site is buried in waste and we can’t find a waste collection service that can comply with the Green Star requirements”. The new Green Star tools (Interiors PILOT, Interiors V1 and Design and As-Built) have introduced a new wrinkle on the way we’ve been addressing construction waste for…

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Contractor Education – for dummies?

By Karen | August 10, 2015

We’ve got approval to use the Contractor Education innovation credit for the Kathmandu project and I’m working on it this morning. To get the credit we need to; Deliver training on the core concepts of global warming, climate change and the health impacts of minimum building practices. And a bunch of other good stuff. I’m intrigued with the first item. …

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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.