At ESD Scientific, we are passionate about understanding and producing sustainable, carbon-sensitive designs for buildings. We strive to remain abreast of the latest industry developments, and pride ourselves on being at the forefront of sustainable knowledge. ESD Consultant

ESD Scientific offers comprehensive sustainable building expertise to manage risks, optimise opportunities and enhance the cost-effectiveness of project solutions, from planning and design through to construction and operation.  

Our team comprises experienced engineering consultants, architects, and scientists from leading consultancies and top universities. We specialise in holistic building design to enhance the building operating performance. This includes:

  • Energy Efficiency;
  • Water Savings;
  • Building Fabric Analysis and Façade Engineering;
  • Natural Ventilation Design and Wind Engineering;
  • Daylight and Overshadowing Analysis;
  • Renewable Energy Solutions;
  • Indoor Thermal Comfort level; and
  • Local Environmental Impacts.

Please visit our services page for more information. 

Green credentials ESD Consultant

Our team consists of accredited professionals and assessors with multiple green building associations, including Green Building Council of Australia (Green Star), Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA), Association of Building Sustainability Assessors (ABSA), National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) and Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS). 

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What is Ecologically Sustainable Development?


Ecologically sustainable development (ESD) is an approach to development that aims to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It involves balancing economic, social, and environmental considerations to create a sustainable future.

The concept of ESD recognises that human activities have an impact on the environment and that this impact needs to be managed to ensure the long-term health and viability of the planet. This means considering the impacts of development on the natural environment, including the air, water, land, and ecosystems that support life.

In practical terms, ecologically sustainable development means making decisions and taking actions that promote sustainability in all aspects of human life, including industry, agriculture, transportation, urban planning, and resource management. This might include adopting clean energy sources, reducing waste and pollution, protecting biodiversity, conserving water resources, and using sustainable building materials and practices.

The ultimate goal of ecologically sustainable development is to create an economically prosperous, socially equitable, and environmentally sustainable society. This requires a long-term perspective and a commitment to finding innovative solutions to the planet’s complex challenges.

Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) in building refers to the design, construction, and operation of buildings that minimise their environmental impact and maximise their resource efficiency while ensuring the occupants’ health, comfort, and safety.

Some key aspects of ESD initiatives in building include:

  1. Energy efficiency: Buildings are responsible for significant global energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. ESD in building involves designing and constructing buildings that use energy-efficient technologies, materials, and systems to reduce energy consumption and associated emissions.
  2. Water conservation: ESD in building involves using water-efficient technologies and practices, such as low-flow fixtures, rainwater harvesting, and greywater reuse, to minimise water consumption and reduce the burden on municipal water supplies.
  3. Materials selection: ESD in building involves selecting sustainable, environmentally friendly materials that are renewable, recyclable, and have a low environmental impact throughout their lifecycle.
  4. Indoor environmental quality: ESD in building involves the provision of a healthy and comfortable indoor environment for building occupants, through the use of natural ventilation, good air quality, adequate daylighting, and thermal comfort.
  5. Waste reduction: ESD in building involves reducing waste generated during building construction and operation through sustainable construction practices, efficient material use, and recycling.

Overall, ESD in building involves a holistic approach to building design and operation that seeks to minimise environmental impact, conserve resources, and promote the health and well-being of building occupants.


What is an ESD Consultant?


An ESD consultant is responsible for providing expert advice and guidance to clients on how to create sustainable buildings, infrastructure, and communities. They can help clients to meet their environmental goals and improve their overall sustainability profile. Some of the key tasks that an ESD consultant might perform include:

  1. Developing sustainability strategies: An ESD consultant may work with clients to develop comprehensive plans considering environmental impact, energy efficiency, and resource use etc.
  2. Providing design and construction guidance: The consultant may offer guidance on how to design buildings and infrastructure in a way that maximises sustainability, such as passive design guidance, using sustainable building materials, designing for energy efficiency and comfort, and incorporating renewable energy sources.
  3. Conducting environmental impact assessments: This involves assessing the potential environmental impact of a project and identifying ways to mitigate that impact.
  4. Conducting energy audits: This involves assessing the energy usage of buildings and infrastructure, identifying areas of inefficiency, and making recommendations for improvement.
  5. Developing sustainability standards and metrics: An ESD consultant may develop standards and metrics to assess the sustainability of buildings, infrastructure, and communities.

The goal of an ESD consultant is to help clients achieve their environmental and sustainability goals while also improving the overall efficiency and effectiveness of their projects. Please visit our services page to see our complete list of services. 


What is Ecologically Sustainable Development involved in NSW Australia?


In New South Wales (NSW), Australia, ecologically sustainable development (ESD) is a key principle guiding the management of the state’s natural resources and built environment. The NSW Government has a number of initiatives in place to promote ESD, including:

  1. Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act): The EP&A Act is the main legislation governing land use and development in NSW. It requires that all planning and development decisions take into account the principles of ESD.
  2. NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016: This legislation aims to protect and conserve biodiversity in NSW by requiring that all land use and development activities consider the potential impact on biodiversity and take steps to minimise that impact.
  3. NSW Climate Change Policy Framework: This framework sets out the NSW Government’s approach to addressing climate change, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building resilience to the impacts of climate change.
  4. Sustainable Infrastructure Policy and Guidelines: These policies and guidelines aim to ensure that all infrastructure projects in NSW are designed and constructed to maximise sustainability and minimise environmental impact.

The NSW Government is committed to promoting ecologically sustainable development across all sectors of the economy and society, with the goal of creating a more sustainable and resilient future for the state.