John Brodie – Founder and Managing Director

Qualifications: Masters of Design Science, (Sus Des) USyd, (2013) , Grad Cert (Project Management) UTS (2004), BLN 12721c  ABSA Assessor, Green Star Design and As Built Accredited Professional, CIBSE, ABSA, MASHRAE.

John Brodie is the founder and principal of VIM ESD (Formerly Vim Sustainability Consulting) and has been a construction project manager, design manager and builder for more than  30 years. The last ten years has seen john working as a sustainability consultant to the built environment as managing  director  of Vim.

VIM Sustainability Consulting was launched in 2003 after John committed his passion for sustainability in design and construction to a business that actually creates value . John uses his vast research, advisory and consultative skills to help clients, architects and engineers  create more sustainable  medium sized commercial built environment  projects. John’s point of difference is his thorough  knowledge of the design and construct process and the interrelationship with practical sustainability solutions. As an advocate of sustainability and with his academic qualifications  in the built environment he has in depth   understanding of sustainable building science and operational sustainability. His knowledge is also well sort after, resulting in Vim ESD   providing sustainability solutions and strategies to a broad range of clients and industries over the previous 11  years.

John’s qualifications and expertise:

  • Masters of Design Science (Sus Des) Usydm 2013
  • Graduate Project Manager (UTS 2004)
  • Licenced builder
  • Association of Building Sustainability Assessors (ABSA) and the Australian Green Development Forum (AGDF) member
  • Accredited ‘Green Star’ Design and As Built Professional
  • Thermal Building Assessor in ‘AccuRateTM’ software
  • Accredited in DesignBuilderTM BCA Protocol approved Thermal Modelling software by Institute of Engineers
  • Compliance assessor under Section ‘J’ BCA requirements for energy efficiency
  • Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Associate Member


  • Keynote speaker or invited speaker on sustainability in building design and  management at over 50 conferences and events throughout Australia
  • Sustainability Presenter on Radio 6PR  discussing sustainability
  • Published in over thirty different journals including National Health Journal, The Chronicle for the Aged Care Association Australia, AIPM National Magazine, FM and INsite, The Hospital Engineer, Aged Care Direct
  • Guest Lecturer on ‘Sustainability and the Built Environment’ at the University of Technology (UTS), Sydney
  • Guest lecturer  on sustainability at Sydney University Engineering Department
  • Key facilitator  for the University of New England’s Sustainable Facility Management Programme

Dr. Phuoc Huynh – Senior Consultant in Natural Ventilation Design and Mechanical Engineering (associate) 

Qualifications: B. Mechanical Engineering (Honours) University of Sydney (1976), Engineering Science in Mechanical Engineering (Masters), University of Sydney (1979), Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering (Doctor) University of Sydney (1982)

Dr. Phuoc Huynh is a senior lecturer in fluid mechanics, turbo machines, informatics and other mechanical engineering subjects at UTS. He works as part of the Vim Sustainability team as our senior consultant in Natural ventilation design and Mechanical Engineering.

He has worked at assorted Universities lecturing in a range of engineering disciplines and he has worked at the CSIRO Atmospheric Research Center as a research fellow.

Phuoc brings an extraordinary range of skills and expertise and technical ability to our team in the area of ventilation design, mechanical engineering and detailed project analysis.

Dr. Phuoc’s professional memberships are listed below:

  • Institution of Engineers, Australia (IE Aust), 1985-1992.
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), from 1988.
  • International Association of Computational Mechanics (IACM), 1983-1989.
  • Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME), 1990-1991.
  • Society of Rheology, USA, 1979-1989, then again from 1995.

Helanath Dissanayake – Financial Manager; Cost/Benefit Specialist


Qualifications: MBA, professional membership of CPA Australia.

Helanath is the Financial Director for Vim Sustainability. Helanath brings a wealth of experience into Vim, having managed, controlled and reported finances for national and international clients such as; AusAID, DFID, World Bank, ADB, EU and UN.

In Australia, Helanath has over 13 years experience as a hands-on Finance Manager with proven business acumen and a strongly demonstrated capacity to deliver sustainable growth and profitability. He has had internal stewardship of company obligations and reporting to ISO9001 standards, all compliance with internal and external audits, and is both knowledgeable and confident in reviewing and improving work processes to enhance efficiency.

His ability to understand cost/benefit analysis and ensure correct forecasting and budgeting through the project accounts are very relevant to any development. His presence brings a strong sense of financial auditing, cost versus benefit diagnostics and overall financial management to all of our projects.

Dan Li – Sustainability Engineer

Qualifications: M. Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering (Research) UNSW ’08, M. Engineering Science (Mechanical and Renewable) UNSW ’07, B. Mechanical Engineering (Building Services) UNSW ’05, Green Star Accredited Professional, ABSA assessor.

Dan is a highly qualified and passionate mechanical, building services and renewable energy engineer. She is a Green Star accredited professional and is committed to making a difference to our planet. Dan has a wealth of experience in renewable energy design, and in addition to her experience at VIM, she has worked as a research analyst at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), and has been part of the renewable energy and energy efficient services design team at UNSW.

Dan brings a great deal of technical skills and knowledge to the team at VIM, primarily in the field of cutting edge alternative energy efficient HVAC design, embodied energy analysis and renewable energy design.

She is an Accredited ABSA assessor in Bers Pro and has undertaken over 50  NCC Section ‘J’ assessments ,both DTS and JV3 performance solutions for VIM.

Jack Pan – Finance and Office Administrator

Qualifications: B. Commerce Accounting 2009 (Macquarie University), Diploma of Commerce 2007 (Sydney Institute of Business and Technology)

Jack is a valued member of the VIM team, providing day to day assistance in areas relevant to accounts and finances. For the past three years, Jack has worked as an accounts clerk for companies such as United Advertising Group & Eddy Wise Pty Ltd.

Jack has high attention to detail, and ensures the smooth operation of the office and daily tasks.