Speakers Profile - John Brodie

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John Brodie established VIM Sustainability Consulting in 2003 to cater for the growing demand for his individual expertise and the interest in sustainability due to our increased awareness of climate change.

When properly managed, sustainability has been proven to increase profits and reduce environmental loads while improving occupant health and comfort. Sustainability is more than changing light globes and installing a water tank - it is a coordinated, cost effective approach and philosophy that minimises risk and maximises opportunity for businesses and homes.

John is a construction professional with more than 30 years experience in a variety of contracting disciplines covering project management, design management, architecture and building.

John is passionate about practical sustainability in the built environment and has promoted sustainable building since the 1970's to architects, clients and authorities.

Focusing on providing sustainable yet practical concept design, construction and operational management strategies, John offers solutions for all components of the built environment. This includes building thermal and energy assessments using the latest software packages and advising on project compliance under the new Section J Building Code of Australia (BCA) requirements for Energy Efficiency.


1. Sustainable Building: The Way of the Future
Sustainability should become a policy for the future to cope with the demands of modern buildings and the occupants' comfort, as well as the environment.

2. The Cost of Sustainability
Despite thoughts to the contrary, building in a sustainable way adds value and is cost effective, as well as encouraging innovation, efficiency and practicality. Welldesigned sustainable buildings can be significantly cheaper to build and operate long term.

3. Designing to Suit the Environment
More than 85 per cent of buildings are badly designed for their situation. A welldesigned building will use less heating and cooling and maximise natural light to save money, the environment and our health.

4. Creating Healthy Buildings
Making all buildings healthy, particularly those used for health care purposes, will ensure they are more effective, cost less and are more enjoyable for occupants.

5. Sustainability: Risk or Opportunity - the New Imperative
In the new sustainability environment of climate change and smart business practice relevance and profitability are no longer mutually exclusive; they may enable profit out of the environment through smart sustainable practice.

6. Sustainability: The Triple Bottom Line
Trying to sell sustainability on an environmental basis alone is difficult, despite the evidence of climate change. Many believe sustainability will cost a lot of money to implement and provide a poor ROI, but this is not necessarily the case.

7. Sustainability: The lessons Learned
A look at the pitfalls, do's and don'ts as well as the lessons learned when incorporating sustainability into design, build and operations.