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David Clark has been awarded the 2008 sustainability champion of the year award, at the UK Sustainable Building Services Awards 2008.

 

A structural engineer by background, David has pioneered a different approach to delivering sustainable buildings - placing the ESD (Environmental Sustainable Deisng) Consultant as the Design Manager, with overall design responsibility for all apects of the design - defining the brief, architecture, engineering, sustainability and costing. One such project, 55 St Andrews Place in Melbourne, won the Sustainable Refurbishment Award at the 2007 Sustainable Building Service Awards; and another of his projects St Leonards College Sustainable Living Centre, was also shortlisted for the Sustainable Building of the year Award in 2007.

On winning his award David commented: " I am very pleased to win this award, but I couldn't have won it without the support and encouragement from my colleagues - it's an award that recognises the approach and passion we bring to sustainablility, both on our projects and the operation of our company."

Originally from the UK, David has been a Principal at Cundall's Melbourne office since 2004 and has influenced the rise and adoption of sustainable construction in Australia. In 2003 he wrote the original version of Green Star for the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) by adapting BREEAM for use in Australia, and still works closely with the GBCA today.

He has worked on many award winning green building projects as ESD Consultant and/or Design Manager, and been involved in delivering the first commercially developed 6 star Green Star rated buildings in Australia, including the VS1 in Adelaide for South Australian Water, and The Gauge in Melbourne for Bovis Lend Lease.

David believes that a collaborative approach is the key to delivering simple, effective sustainable solutions, and said: " Engineers need to challenge conventional thinking and assumptions from the outset of a project, and to take a proactive role in designing better buildings - passive design not passive consulting!"

David will be relocating to Cundall's UK offices in January 2009 after 14 years working in Australia, bringing with him an extensiverange of international experience; an innvovative approach to sustainable design, and expertise in refurbishment, energy and water efficiency.

David presents regularly at conferences and seminars and will be speaking at Ecobuild 2009, comparing BREEAM with other international assessment methodologies such as LEED and Green Star.

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