PROTECT x Sustainable Podcast Episode

“Building Sustainable Communities”

PROTECT Podcast, Episode 6, S2 – “Building Sustainable Communities”

Host: Angela Fedele | Guest Speaker: Brett McKenzie (Sustainable CEO)

Sustainable CEO, Brett McKenzie, presented as a guest speaker on the PROTECT Podcast, hosted by Angela Fedele.

The PROTECT Podcast is an “environmental podcast” created and hosted by Melbourne-based journalist, Angela Fedele. Angela’s podcast explores relevant social topics relating to sustainability and protecting the environment. PROTECT Podcast can be reached by a variety of platforms, including: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast Radio, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Castbox, etc. Learn more.

“Building Sustainable Communities” briefly explains the importance of engaging sustainable principles within residential design processes. Angela and Brett’s discussion only lightly touches the depths of understanding sustainability and its benefits from a design, performance and community point of view. This podcast episode outlines the relevance of sustainability within the building industry across Australia, with particular focus on creating future developments that reflect truly sustainable communities.

Sustainable communities, a conversation we hope to hear more of and discuss further in the near future, encapsulates an understanding of the importance of applying basic sustainable principles and long-term thinking to the design process to ensure truly sustainable living.

A spare 45 minutes might change your perspective on sustainable housing developments. “Building Sustainable Communities” – a podcast discussion with Sustainable CEO, Brett McKenzie, and host Angela Fedele.

What an incredible discussion to be a part of. Thank you Angela. The Sustainable Team is celebrating!


PROTECT Podcast x Sustainable

Sustainable’s CEO, Brett McKenzie, was invited as a guest speaker on the PROTECT Podcast, hosted by Angela Fidele.

PROTECT Podcast Episode 6, S2 – “Building Sustainable Communities”

The PROTECT Podcast is an “environmental podcast” investigating relevant stories that relate to protecting the environment and all things sustainability. Learn more.

Angela and Brett’s discussion only lightly touches the depths of relevant conversation relating to sustainability and residential design. This podcast episode briefly explains the importance of sustainability in moving forward with our company towards building truly sustainable communities. This, a conversation we hope to hear more of and discuss further in the near future, encapsulates the importance of basic steps and thought processes to consider in home and building designs.

If you have a spare 45 minutes, this episode captures the fundamental concepts and principles behind understanding the build process of sustainable communities. It can be reached by a variety of platforms, including: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast Radio, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Castbox, etc.

What an incredible discussion to be a part of. Thank you Angela. The Sustainable Team is celebrating!


Sustainable Warwick Horse Trials

Sustainable is proud to announce that we have entered a long-term major partnership agreement with the Equestrian Sporting Club – Warwick Horse Trials (WHT, Morgan Park).

It is our passion for excellence and attention to detail that places our company among the frontrunners of sustainable design and construction, both locally and nationally. Sustainable achieves this by our commitment to long term visions, pushing boundaries beyond our clients’ expectations.

Our sights are always set on future proof and timeless developments.

“…what is often seen as impossible, we see as possible.” – Brett McKenzie | CEO

To many, it is no surprise that Queensland is well behind in providing particular high level sporting facilities and opportunities for emerging athletes and individuals to excel in their sport of choice. This is especially so in the equestrian field. Our commitment to Warwick Horse Trials, Morgan Park is to share our expertise with a focus on long-term planning and development of a world class equestrian precinct to provide those critical opportunities for emerging QLD athletes to excel to the highest level in their own back yard.

Over the last 18 months we have extensively conducted a total site plotting exercise to enable a comprehensive strategic Sustainable® Master Plan for the development of an exceptional and world class multidiscipline equestrian centre.

The Sustainable Team is excited to share our knowledge and vision in partnership with the Warwick Horse Trials Committee to “Have A Crack”, dream big and get our hands dirty in the support of our valued athletes.

More information will be released in the next upcoming months.


Brett and our Sustainable Team finished building Tobias Volbert and his family’s dream home, the Kingfisher, in 2017. Now, 3 years on, Tobias shares his story of living in their sustainable Kingfisher Home.

Wow! 3 years ago we moved into our sustainable Kingfisher Home…it still feels like a dream! We’ve experienced now 3 summers and 3 winters and can truly say that the Kingfisher performs without air conditioning and heating.

Even on the warmest summers days we get a breeze and the kids often call it “The Wind House” – a testament that the cross ventilation works to perfection! The amazing and innovative insulation process with the thermal chimney wall system, does its trick. It provides a house that stays cool in the summer months and passively heats during the winter, holding the heat coming from the thermal mass of the sleeping area of the house.

We also love our electricity bill that comes in under $100 per year, and our water bill is keeping at the minimum as the tanks (25,000 L) have never been empty so far.

It’s incredible how the house works for us as a family and Brett was so right by explaining the importance of volume vs m2 as well as ensuring that home spaces are multi-usable and flexible. The entire property has now different rooms inside and outside to engage, find refuge, entertain or reflect. It just works superbly!

Also, how fast did our forest grow?! Unbelievable that now we sit on our deck and look into a proper forest just after 3-4 years. And the wildlife we are attracting…so good!

Brett and the Sustainable Team, once again, thanks for making our dream come true!!

– Tobias Volbert.

Have you seen the Kingfisher Video? Click here to watch it now.

Sustainable’s Retrofit, Deconstruction & Recycling Process


At our current retrofit project, we have designed around and over an existing footprint to short circuit lengthy and often very costly local authority approval processes. Throughout these retrofit journeys with our clients, we undertake a design… Click here to read more.

Sustainable by name, sustainable by nature.

Sustainable: 25 Year Milestone Celebration

Sustainable Pty Ltd. is featured in The Community Chronicle celebrating our 25 Year Milestone. (Click the image above to read)

Celebration time this Monday for the Sustainable Team!

This morning we came in to work to receive our 25 Year Milestone feature in The Community Chronicle. This year, Sustainable is celebrating 25 years within the building and construction industry. We are so excited that we get to share our story with our local community!

Share in our celebration by joining us for the rest of this year. Keep up to date with our latest and greatest stories via our social media platforms – Instagram, LinkedIn & Facebook. Also, don’t forget to check our website space for more exciting Sustainable news.

To read the full article, simply click the image above.

Celebrating 25 Years of Custom Homes

Wow…25 Years! Time to CELEBRATE!

Stay tuned this August to dive into our archives and reminisce on our most accomplished sustainable Custom Homes.

So to kick start the celebration, check out our latest video by simply clicking the image above OR the link here:

Recipe House – The Kingfisher

In 2017, Sustainable undertook a journey with Tobias and Hilke Volbert to design and construct their affordable, adaptable and environmentally conscious Recipe House. Throughout their journey to create their dream home, they engaged in and trusted our Sustainable process to come out with a truly individual and sustainable home.

To see and understand their Recipe House journey with Sustainable, click the ‘Recipe House – The Kingfisher’ link – Recipe House – The Kingfisher.

[The Kingfisher Series] Podcast Video 4 – Why are we still creating developments on “life support” in 2020?

Brett McKenzie sheds light on the reality of today’s housing developments. Here at Sustainable we aim to inspire people to take on the responsibility to create design lead homes that create better community living rather than contribute to larger social and environmental issues.

Brett: “So yes the housing stock may be cheaper, but effectively you are buying cheaper products [and] a cheaper system. In the long term, if you have a design lead process with long term thinking, you end up with a more cost effective home diluted over a longer period of time.

To hear more of what Brett has to say, click the link: Podcast Video 4 – Why are we still creating developments on “life support” in 2020?.

[The Kingfisher Series] Podcast Video 3 – Sustainable Housing Outcomes

Brett McKenzie (Sustainable CEO) talks you through Sustainable Outcomes. Click the link below to hear what he has got to say.

Sustainable ensures that our design lead homes perform unbelievably from a sustainable and energy perspective. In considering the environment and sustainable concepts before constructing the building, ensures that we are maximising passive energy. For more information: Podcast Video 3 – Sustainable Housing Outcomes.

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