We are Michael Burns and Simon Clark, the founders of Sustainable Homes Melbourne.
We are both self-confessed timber nerds and have come a long way from the days when we were swinging a hammer as carpentry apprentices.
We both completed our apprenticeships in 2005 and began operating our own respective building companies, never thinking twice about the thermal performance of a home or thinking too much about the impact our homes had on the environment. But after more than 10 years in the industry and 6 years running our own companies as young men, we felt stale and unmotivated and thought there must be more to life.
So in 2012 we packed up our respective businesses and left for the trip of a lifetime overseas!
We travelled together for the best part of a year through the US, Canada, the UK and Europe and couldn’t help but observe what was happening in the construction industry in each of these countries and realizing Australia is so far behind the rest of the world.
We started to believe that maybe there’s a better more ethically conscious way of building the homes we live in and they don’t have to harm the planet.
After returning home midway through 2013 and feeling a new life direction and purpose as to why we were in the building industry, we knew we had to start Sustainable Homes Melbourne to increase the quality of homes being built in Australia and lower the effects we are having on the environment.
So in February 2014, we did! Sustainable Homes Melbourne was founded with the vision to enable ethical and environmentally conscious people to build the homes of their dreams.
We believe in Sustainable, Comfortable & Environmentally Friendly Homes.
This benefits the consumer by lowering running costs, minimizing environmental impact and being the standout home of the neighbourhood. We strive to create comfortable, healthy living environments for Australian families. The construction industry at present does not adhere to these principles which is producing dissatisfied customers and leaving a carbon footprint we cannot sustain.
My family and I would like to express our extreme gratitude for the wonderful renovation we now live in and enjoy everyday. When we began our search for a builder we knew our project was out of the ordinary and challenging, due to the sloping block. From our first meeting you displayed a great sense of calmness and competency. You proved to be extremely reliable, maintaining constant communication, in particular, always returning our calls. You listened to what we wanted and delivered what you promised, as well as adapt to some major variations. You used your trade contacts to minimise delay and just focused on getting the job done without compromising on quality. We have maintained contact with you since our project ended and would recommend you to any future projects. Don’t forget we have a cold beer waiting for you on the balcony. We wish you great success.
The guys have worked on a couple projects for us and recently completed a tricky house/medical centre conversion. The end result was exactly what we needed and we could not have done it without these guys. If your project needs a practical, transparent, hardworking and clever building team, especially with renovations when you can’t predict the unknowns, commercial or residential, we are happy to recommend Simon and Michael.
Simon & Michael were exceptional throughout the build of our home. I was initially worried about the challenging design of the home and the access to the site, but this proved to be little issue throughout the build. They were very thorough in explaining everything to me from the paperwork side of things right through to final handover. At no point did they neglect to communicate with us and were extremely reliable. The job was done on time and to the standard they promised. I am still very proud to call this place home.
My wife & I highly recommend Simon and Michael and their team. They were very professional & reliable throughout our extension and worked around the needs of our family. The job ran very smoothly and their sound knowledge during demolition and construction phases of our project proved that we had trusted the right people.
I am very happy with the outcome of the renovation and extension to my home. Simon and Michael were very thorough throughout the process from organizing the permits and paperwork to site set out and finishing. I was particularly impressed with their eye for detail and building knowledge. As well as builders, the advantage of them being experienced tradesman delivered quality base and frame work hence resulting in a quality finish.
Sustainable Homes Melbourne did the renovation and extension to our period home. The work was done to a high standard and delivered in time. We couldn’t have been happier with the job
Brian & Sylvia Cao
Simon was great to deal with, always on time and completed our job without fuss. We had a great building experience.
Green / Eco / Sustainable Certifications:
HIA Greensmart ProfessionalQualifications & Memberships:
Member of the APHA Australia Passive House Association