About Vim Sustainability

Vim ESD ( formerly Vim Sustainability Consulting) is a practical, forward-thinking business offering innovative, passive and low tech sustainable building design, construction and operational solutions for our clients.

Our strength lies in understanding how implementing integrated practical sustainability initiatives with low energy sustainable solutions improves your outcome. Our services add value irrespective of whether your project is a multi-storey office or apartments, a hotel, school, warehouse or shopping centre development. We understand that sustainability is of no benefit if the costs to implement it are more than the actual benefits it achieves.

Through our specialist consulting team, we offer you the ability to review your current building, design concepts and/or existing plans. We can address your design strategy, your company’s operational policies, your management philosophy and your builder’s construction techniques to ensure that sustainable outcomes are achieved.

Vim Sustainability Consulting existed before sustainability became fashionable.

Since 2003, we have been practicing, promoting and implementing environmental sustainability into building design, construction and operations. First as Vim Sustainability and now as Vim ESD. Same philosophy, same skills, same team. We believe we have been leading the way in practical sustainability management and the built environment throughout Australia, Asia and the Pacific region.

We are a team of passionate and committed practitioners who wholeheartedly believe in the value and the benefits of what we do.

Our motivation is to assist and guide you in using sustainable practices in your project towards a better outcome. We want our business to be a human interaction that inspires our clients to share their talents with the community for the benefit of the community.

About John Brodie – Founder


Masters; Design Science (Sustainable Design) BLN 12721c, Grad Cert (Project Management) UTS (2004),  Green Star Design and As Built Accredited Professional, CIBSE, ABSA, MASHRAE

For the past 35 years, John has worked as a design, construction and project manager on construction projects. Sick of witnessing the excess waste in construction and building poorly designed and inefficient structures John established Vim Sustainability in 2003. As a long term  advocate of sustainability in the built environment he has an in-depth understanding of sustainable building science and operational sustainability. He has spoken on sustainability at over 50 conferences nationwide,lectures part time on sustainability at the University of Sydney and regularly is guest speaker on Sustainability on RADIO 6PR in Perth.

John lectures part-time on sustainability at Sydney University in the Engineering Department. His real world knowledge is also well sort after, and he has written for many journals including; The National Health journal, AIPM National Magazine, Facilities Management, INSite , Teacher, Aged Care direct, Ageing Agenda, CCN etc.

Click here to access John’s articles.

Because John comes from a building and design background his skill is in implementing practical sustainable outcomes through the design and operation process. His speciality is passive and low energy architectural design science.

Other Achievements include:

  • Design manager for the winner of Master Builders ‘Merit’ award for Energy Efficiency against all categories in NSW for a sustainable Aged Care project. (2006)
  • Key note speaker at over 50 conferences
  • Lead consultant on Australia’s first Zero Emissions Development for communities.
  • Presenter on sustainability on Radio 6PR (Perth) regular Saturday Talk back
  • Key Facilitator for the University of New England Sustainable Facilities Management course.

John is passionate about corporate sustainability, and does his part by speaking free of charge about sustainability for assorted ‘not for profit’ organizations. His company also directly sponsors children in Cambodia, Thailand and Laos while also sponsoring a child in Peru via Mission Australia.

Vim Sustainability also provides teaching services on a part time basis through John’s wife Alix to some of the children we sponsor while also sponsoring orphanages and schools in South East Asia. John shows his passion for the environment by directly sponsoring Orangutans in Borneo, and preserving over 300 acres of mixed forest in the Mid North Coast of NSW.

To meet the rest of the team click here