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John Adopts Restorative Principles of Living Building Challenge Workshop

John was challenged to use nature as the ultimate measuring stick for the built environment in a workshop series at the Living Building Challenge last year. The workshop was intended for anyone interested in creating a truly sustainable built environment and provided industry professionals with an understanding of how they could adopt the restorative principles […]

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Making the building do the work: natural ventilation design

Article By John Brodie ‘The Fifth Estate’, 8 February 2012  In the world of climate change and inefficient buildings everyone is clamouring for more efficient air conditioning systems and improved lighting to reduce energy loads and carbon. Air conditioning uses a large proportion of energy in buildings. The rule of thumb in trying to drop […]

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The benefits of landscaping in the way we design buildings and communities

John Brodie speaks on 6PR. Brodie recently visited Vim Sustainability’s Oxygen Farm in Northern NSW which contains roughly 300 acres of forest. Analysis based on the CSIRO show that the trees provide oxygen for appr discount cialis oximately 5500 people. Brodie also comments on the impact of smoking on our environment that is rarely spoken […]

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John Brodie explores how we can save money using different sustainable solutions on 6PR

John Brodie explores how we can save money using different sustainable solutions on 6PR. Shade cloths in a light colour are one solution. Shade cloths are great for the hot Australasian climate where they can reduce heat loads in your house by 3-4%. But, sustainability is made up of all little bits and pieces, there […]

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The Negative Effects of Air Conditioning on your Health

Why does air conditioning have negative effects on your health? John Brodie explains on 6PR. The percentage of fresh air in air conditioners is quite minimal causing your nose and mouth to dry out. This is caused from breathing in the same air all night. While air conditioning is great to take you from 40 […]

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Vim Sustainability Secures Another Aged Care Project

Vim Sustainability has just been appointed the ESD consultants on the new Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (OLSH) Aged Care facility located in Kensington, NSW. Calder Flower are the appointed architects and Vim Sustainability has worked closely with them on a range of aged care projects over the last few years, including Uniting Care […]

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Uniting Care Seek Vim’s Services Again

Vim Sustainability has been appointed the ESD consultants for the new Uniting Care Aged Care (UCA) facility at Orange, NSW. Vim Sustainability will be working closely with UCA and the architects Jackson Teece. Vim’s experience in Aged Care sustainability and especially with providers such as UCA gives us a clear understanding of how we can […]

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Natural Ventilation in Classrooms

Back to the basics with Natural Ventilation The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) is committed to a whole new concept of sustainable schools. They designed and built a relocatable classroom to be completely sustainable with all natural materials, daylight and ventilation. It is the exemplar project for a whole new way of […]

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Passive Home Cooling and Heating Methods

Brodie Sheds Some Insight on 6PR. Shade sails are an extraordinarily cheap way of providing an enormous amount of shade while still allowing some sun and shade to come through. Appropriately designed shade sails can be a great advantage if they are part of an integrated concept. We have to remember that we do not always live […]

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Sustainability expert John Brodie talks on 6PR about his perspective on the Carbon Tax

What does the Carbon Tax really mean? And what are we doing to houses and office buildings going forward to make things a little more sustainable?

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