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Sydney’s Sustainability team receives boost

Wood & Grieve Engineers (WGE) recently welcomed Le Han Tan, who joins the Sydney Sustainability team as a Project Engineer.

Le Han brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the group, having worked as a sustainability engineer in the NSW market for both small boutique and large firms for over a decade.  Le Han describes his background as “services orientated” with a strong focus on the property and construction industries.

“Having worked as a sustainability engineer for the last 12 years, I’ve had experience in delivering Green Star and NABERS Energy building ratings and designing energy efficient buildings,” he said.

Having begun his career “just as building engineering sustainability was taking off”, Le Han says it’s a discipline which has evolved tremendously.

“When I first started my career, sustainability was initially mainly more about boosting energy efficiency. However, it’s now developed into something that is much more holistic,” he said.

“Now we consider everything – buildings that are energy efficient, water efficient, has good indoor environment qualities, minimising materials impacts through good design and use of eco-friendly resources, generate less waste and emissions, and so forth.

“A Green Building is a healthy building, both inside and out, and one that occupants enjoy utilising.

“It’s definitely a reflection of how the contemporary community sees sustainability. While the phrase is a bit of a cliché, it’s really no longer an option to be sustainable; it’s an expectation.”

An example of this, according to Le Han, is the expectations of various Green Building Ratings, such as NABERS, Green Star and WELL becoming the norm.

“The biggest behavioural change I’ve witnessed is the attitude from developers, owners, tenants and governmental bodies towards the ‘Green Building Ratings’ scheme,” he said.

“These used to be considered a premium, something that was an added extra to differentiate a project from the competition. Now it’s seen as a necessity just to fulfil consent conditions and to preserve asset value.

“More than a decade ago, no one knew much about what a Green Building Rating was, but thanks to the media, education and general community awareness, all parties are now more aware of the development’s consequences on the environment.  There is now a higher expectation on companies to look into ways they can minimise the impact of their developments or the spaces they occupy, in addition to striving for better productivity and well-being of their staff.

“Thankfully, this is where WGE can assist. “

Our team of 15 people have been responsible for many outstanding environmentally sustainable projects including Bank of Melbourne, Wellington Central and the Affinity Village Clubhouse.

The impact of buildings on the environment is a popular topic of conversation at boardrooms across the country. That’s why the companies serious about doing the best they can for the environment are turning to the WGE Sustainability team.

At WGE we aim to make buildings greener. We don’t see it as an ancillary feature. We see it as an integral consideration for every existing building and for every proposed construction project.

Le Han has already immersed himself in Sydney’s sustainability projects, and is excited about delivering strong, quality outcomes for our clients.

“The standard of Green Buildings in Australia will continue to increase as the benchmarks around minimum compliance levels and achieving energy, water and Green Star sustainability ratings become more stringent,” Le Han said.

“At WGE, we’re prepared for the challenge because we’re committed to delivering high performance and service for our clients. Considering the progress sustainability engineering has undergone in the last 10 years, I’m excited for what lies ahead in the next decade.”

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