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About Us

Meet our amazing team!

Sustainable Building Designer Mentor - Mark Thomson

Mark is the principal of Eco Effective Design, Former President of Australian Green Development Forum and Co-author of The Environmental Brief - Pathways for Green Design

Green Tradies Program Co-ordinator- Daniel Wurm

​Daniel is a qualified trainer from the construction industry with a passion for sustainable education. In 2009 he created the award-winning GreenPainters program for the painting industry, educating over 600 painters in 3 countries. In 2012 he co-founded EduBytes, an international e-learning and digital education consultancy, and in 2013 co-founded the Green Building Institute.

He is a Good Environmental Choice Australia technical committee advisor, a member of the Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council RTO E-learning Co-operative, and a director of the National Institute of Painting and Decorating. He has created courses for the NSW Green Skills program and co-written sustainability resources for Holmesglen TAFE Innovation and Learning. In 2015 he created the Green Tradies program and won Trainer of the Year at the NSW Training Awards in Sydney.

Green Property Professionals Program Co-ordinator - Danielle King

Danielle (Danie) works closely with commercial businesses and the residential sector to advise and promote resource efficiency and sustainability in the built environment. She also works closely with building and business industry peak bodies to integrate energy efficiency and sustainability into day to day practices.

Danielle is a highly qualified Sustainability Assessor and Educator in the field. She is very experienced in the commercial and residential markets and is qualified to conduct carbon footprints, energy audits and sustainability assessments to AS/NZ recognized standards. She holds an MBA in Business, Diploma of Sustainability, Cert IV Home Sustainability Assessment amongst other qualifications. Danie has also lectured at Swinbourne University of Technology, is a member of the Building Designers Association of Victoria's Sustainability Advisory Board, and founded Green Moves, the sustainability initiative for efficient properties and to support the real estate industry. In 2015 she created the Green Property Professionals Program, the first on-line training program for sustainability in the property industry.

Sustainable Design Program Manager - Ronny Matzat

Founder and CEO of BuildingHOPE, an NGO creating modern architecture and design for the needs of people in developing countries, including local people into the entire building process. He gained his qualifications in architecture and engineering at universities both in Germany and Australia.

He aims to be a 'Creative Superhero' offering consultation, education and supply on edge cutting technology such 3d acoustic modelling and Energy rating software, working closely with tradies and manufacturers, to close the gap between designing and practical implementation. He has conducted seminars on green design for Inhouse Group, the Green Building Expo, SEE Sustainability Expo and the Australian Green Development Forum. In 2016 he became an Al Gore Climate Reality Leader in Manila, Philippines. He is in high demand as an independent, passionate, experienced speaker on sustainability, green skills and green lifestyles. Contact Ronny to book your presentation.

Energy Smart Builders Program - Jan Brandjes

Jan started his career as a writer/journalist and public relations manager but became involved in Canada’s super energy efficient building program labelled ‘R-2000’. Over the following 12 years Jan developed an extensive knowledge in the area of sustainable and energy efficient building, first starting as a builder of R-2000 homes in Canada’s far North in the 1980’s, and later on as a building consultant and building inspector. After migrating to Australia, to share his knowledge in this area he developed a number of demonstration projects under the names of ‘ The Healthy House”, ‘The Ecohome’ and the ‘Economical House’. As an environmental building consultant Jan advises on a wide range of issues to both industry and private clients. With 35 years of experience, Jan combines his journalism background with his practical building skills. His focus is strongly on future industry developments with education being the key ingredient.

Energy Smart Design Instructor - Janine Strachan


As a leader in sustainable housing and building technology, Janine draws from her extensive experience managing the Housing Industry Association’s national GreenSmart program. She also brings her experience from her teaching role at RMIT, where she teaches Building Thermally Efficient Homes. Janine holds a Masters in Environment and Planning, a Bachelor in Environmental Management and qualifications in Building and Construction and as a Livable Housing Assessor.

GBI won the 2016 Architecture and Design Sustainability Award for Innovation

The Green Building Institute is a non-profit organisation run by a board of directors. We are professional, qualified trainers for sustainable construction, and green building consultants, inspired by the need to educate.

Although sustainable building design has been driven by various industry programs, there has been a disconnect between design and what actually happens on the job-site, or in the real estate market. This has led to green building technology and construction costing more. GBI fills the need to train and educate trades people and property professionals to help them understand sustainable construction technology, methods and design.

If you are serious about sustainable construction, why not join us and build a green Australia? We are looking for

  • trainers with experience in sustainable construction or trades
  • RTOs passionate about sustainability
  • green architects and designers
  • green Tradies keen to share their knowledge.
  • anyone with a great idea to promote sustainable construction
  • professional trainers able to use social media and e-learning
  • organisations to partner with us

We use state-of-the-art educational design and e-learning to educate efficiently and engagingly, and represent the next generation of green building leaders.

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