Australia’s largest specialist ESD consultant Cundall has opened a base in Perth, with design and software development expert Dr Mark Pitman to head up its West Australian operations.
Despite its involvement in many high profile sustainable projects in Western Australia over the years, including the recent fitout of 140 William Street, this is the first time Cundall has established an office in the state.
“This is a critical time for the building industry in Perth as the city is literally evolving as we speak. There are numerous major projects in progress that have the capacity to change the face of Perth forever and the opportunity to have an impact from a sustainability point of view on the future of the city is both rare and exciting,” Dr Pitman said.
“We are committed to making Cundall a focal point for leadership in sustainability in the Perth market. By facilitating an open door policy for the industry in our new office, we want to encourage everyone with a passion for sustainable design and development to leverage our national and international experience and help realise a sustainable vision for Perth,” he added.
The Melbourne Southbank, Triptych building was designed in conjunction with Cundall, with the design of the apartment complex including natural cross-flow ventilation, co-generation, water harvesting, ‘low e’ double glazed windows and sustainable flooring material.
Chief Executive of the Green Building Council of Australia, Romilly Madew, commented: “While WA already has some ‘green icons’, such as 2 Victoria Avenue and the GPO Building Refurbishment in Perth, as well as local government leadership from councils such as the City of Gosnells, more work is needed for WA to compete with the rest of Australia in the sustainability stakes.”
Dr Pitman has previously undertaken design roles on numerous high profile projects in
Western Australia including the 6-star Green Star Durack 2, the 5-star Green Star 140
William Street, Fiona Stanley Hospital, the Northbridge-link masterplan and the Port Oakajee development.
His experience in sustainability is seen as a perfect fit with Cundall as the business seeks to evolve further into a specialist sustainability consultancy focused on driving collaborative innovation and knowledge sharing throughout the industry.
Aside from his new role with Cundall, Dr Pitman continues to own and operate ODS Engineering, a business which develops software for energy efficient building design, while also lecturing in Building Science in the Architecture Department at Curtin University.