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de Bruyn Building Sustainability

Environmental Sustainability Consultant and Building Designer.

Property Donor: The GPT Group & Urban Growth

Launched: June 2013


about de Bruyn Building Sustainability

UPDATE JUL 2014:
John de Bruyn now works primarily at Building Sustainability Assessments in Hamilton but does still conduct some design work and consultancy on the side. Jon can be contacted on 0438 311 309 or email [email protected]

John shared these kind words about his time as a Renew Newcastle participant, ‘The privilege of having an Renew space from which to test my ever changing business model, is something I am sure I will always be grateful for. Thank you to all the Renew Newcastle team. You guys are great!’


Who are you?

John de Bruyn, born in South Africa, raised in Tasmania, citizen of the world, but call Newcastle home.

What do you do?

I am an Architectural Graduate now working as a Sustainability (ESD) Consultant, Building Designer, and Building Thermal Comfort Analyst.

What inspired you to get involved in Renew Newcastle?

I live in the Newcastle CBD and work for myself and have young kids, so working from home is seductive but impossible. I founded the Hunter Sustainability Designers + Consultants two years ago to bring together a number of colleagues in similar situations. While that group has since moved on, I have elected to stay on in the Suite 76 space and look forward to the new arrivals.

What are you doing in your new space?

I work from my desk and laptop on and client’s and my own design projects. I use software to simulate the thermal performance of houses, check legislative sustainability requirements of projects, and design efficient homes and need an office to store literature, lay out plans, set up computers, draw, write, plan and pace. I meet with clients and colleagues either in my office or the common meeting room, and make coffee in the kitchen.

Tell us about the space – what was its previous use?

Because it has had a life as the Hunter Sustainability Designers + Consultants headquarters for the last 2 years already has a fridge, microwave, sandwich press, three coffee machines and too much furniture.

We’re going through a period of change right now where it’s on its way to becoming something new, and that’s exciting.

I like my office because it is the one at the front door, so while I’m sort of the gate-keeper and old-guard, I know who is in and who is out and am particularly enjoying the activity of the newcomers moving in.