Demand for both waste consultants and NABERS specialist consultants is “red hot” at the moment, with building owners and managers wanting to delve deeper into improving performance, according to Ausnviro managing director Jay Gualtieri.
The Melbourne-based independent environmental consultancy, which specialises in commercial offices, began operation in 2009 with just one consultant and in the past four years has expanded to seven. Mr Gualtieri is now looking to hire two new consultants to meet increasing demand and is on the look-out for new office space to house his growing team.
“In the past two years we’ve seen quite a big pick-up in our services, particularly in the waste consultation and NABERS specialist consultation,” he said. “So both of these services are red hot at the moment.
“People are starting to understand as far as NABERS is concerned there’s no point in looking at it as a kind of roadworthy certification anymore. People want to delve deeper into how to improve performance.
“Given that’s been the crux of our specialty for nearly a decade, people are starting to see a lot of value in getting someone on board that has experience in delivering hundreds of commercial office building NABERS [ratings] a year.”
The demand for waste consultants has been driven by several factors including the Environment Protection Authority raising the levy for landfill costs, as well as tenant commitments to the environment and requirements for reporting.
Ausnviro does a lot of work with premium assets, not necessarily the big property funds, although they do work for Cbus and Charter Hall. Much of the work is for private or consortium owners.
“A lot of work we’re getting is through the likes of your Lang Walkers at Collins Square and your Grollo and St Martin’s joint venture at Rialto,” Mr Gualtieri said.
He attributed the significant growth in demand for Ausnviro’s services to its specialist skills and independence.
“When it comes to turn key in regards to dealing with the performance issues, we feel that we are quite strong in that area and people like to have that independent angle as well so we are essentially brought in at that stage.”
The majority of the Ausnviro’s work is in Melbourne, though the consultancy is experiencing significant growth in Queensland, WA and NSW.
For the two new Melbourne-based roles, Mr Gualtieri is looking for broadly skilled environmental consultants – all-rounders – who will swing between whatever the market is needing.
“We go with the market,” he said. “So if the market wants waste consultation and they want it in abundance then that is where we’ll put our resources,” he said.
Mr Gualtieri believes he will hire two juniors or a junior and a senior consultant depending on what’s out there in the market.
“People do not have the experience that I am chasing to deliver what we do, because what we do – particularly in waste consulting – no one is doing, so how can I find experience in people delivering similar services? There’s nothing similar.
“What we are doing is next level and it’s nearly impossible to find people with that kind of experience so therefore we default to the fact that we’ll look to mould people up through the way we deliver what we do. It’s just about finding the right fit, culture, attitude and a willingness to learn and grow.”
Ausnviro is delivering a major NABERS upgrade project at 222 Exhibition Street and needs a lot of different skills sets.
“It’s a great opportunity for people that are out there who want to get involved from the ground up,” Mr Gualtieri said.