Welcome to Organica Engineering

Our Focus

Organica Engineering is a niche company specialising in integrating sustainable design into the built environment. We imagine buildings, infrastructure and cities that enhance the environment while improving people’s lives. We aim to achieve this by integrating the principles of environmental engineering and sustainability into organisations, buildings and infrastructure projects.

We help our clients to become more sustainable – enhancing social value, building natural capital, and making buildings and operations more efficient and profitable. Our services include consulting, training, workshops and consultation, engineering design, and software development. Our vision is of a compelling 21st century where the process of balancing outcomes for people, profit, and planet delivers great synergistic outcomes. 

What we can do for you

Sustainable Design Assessment in Planning

Organica Engineering has helped many Councils design and implement their sustainable design in planning SDAPP programs, including providing consulting, implementation and training support. We have also helped many Councils implement sustainable design into their capital works and facility management programs.
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Green Star and ESD Engineering

We help Green Star projects get the certification outcome that they are targeting through a deep understanding of the Green Star rating system. We have extensive experience in designing, auditing and reviewing the designs of Green Star buildings.
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Smart Cities

Organica Engineering uses the latest technology to help our clients achieve their Sustainability Goals.

 This includes developing the InSite Water software and the Ecomon utility monitoring system.
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Management Consulting and Training

Sustainable Design has transformed the development industry in recent years. Organica Engineering has played a central role in this transformation, allowing many organisations and major projects to improve their policies and processes, upgrade their buildings, and achieve Australian excellence or world leadership in their building projects.
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Who We Are

Ian Adams, director of Organica Engineering is a Sustainability Engineer and a recognised industry leader with over 15 years’ experience in delivering sustainable buildings and developments.  Ian has successfully integrated ESD solutions into hundreds of developments around Australia.  

He is a certified assessor and trainer for the Green Building Council of Australia, regularly lectures at RMIT and Melbourne Universities on sustainable design and city infrastructure. Ian has been instrumental in helping develop industry toolkits such as BESS, Green Star, and InSite Water, and he has an in-depth knowledge of how to implement sustainable design in buildings.

Ian has worked as a planning sustainability referrals officer at Knox, Manningham, and Whitehorse Councils, and he has assisted many metropolitan Councils with establishing their sustainability assessment in planning and CapEx programs.  Ian also has extensive experience in Green Star for many projects and in training and facilitation of workshops for the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).


Organica Engineering provides exceptional value in the delivery of these services.  Organica Engineering has worked extensively with construction companies and all levels of government in tackling a range of sustainability issues such as: energy and water efficiency, Sustainability Strategy development and implementation, toolkit development and Green Star certification.

Relevant experience with Sustainability in development includes:

  • Developing capital works sustainability guides for Councils such as Knox, Darebin, Whittlesea, Dandenong, Casey Brimbank and Hobson’s Bay;
  • Assisting the GBCA in technical development of Green Star tools, calculators and training materials
  • Facilitating the BESS, SDAPP and IWM workshops for Councils.
  • Helping numerous organisations deliver Greener Buildings, such as the Department of Defence, Sustainability Victoria, the DHS, and Victorian councils such as Brimbank, Darebin, the City of Yarra and Knox.
  • Regularly facilitating the Green Star Accredited Professional Workshops on behalf of the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA);
  • Green Star submissions such as documentation compilation for the 33 storey Old Treasury Building office tower and 4 other projects in Perth.
  • Assisting Frasers with their green star submission and to successfully deliver the Schenker Green Star interiors project at Tullamarine;
  • ESD project management and assessment of large scale developments – including cost benefit analyses to determine the most appropriate strategies such as blackwater treatment and reuse, utilisation of green/recycled concrete, solar hot water and rainwater reuse.
  • Green Star Auditor for over 400 projects for the GBCA including the Manningham Civic Precinct Hub (5 Star Green Star Public Buildings tool), RMIT Building 80 on Swanston St Melbourne (5 Star Green Star Education tool), The Pixel Building in Carlton (6 Star Green Star Office v3), The ANZ building in the Docklands (6 Star Green Star Office v3), The Sydney Opera house (Green Star Performance), The Docklands Library (6 Star Green Star Public Buildings tool), and the University of Queensland’s Education Gateways Building (EDGY) at the Springfield campus in QLD (5 Star Green Star Education tool).
  • Sustainability in buildings

    Sustainable Design has transformed the development industry in recent years.
    Organica Engineering has played a central role in this transformation, allowing many organisations and major projects to improve their policies and processes, upgrade their buildings, and achieve Australian excellence or world leadership in their building projects.

    We can achieve this by applying the following processes and standards to our client’s projects:

    • Sustainable Design for building projects
    • Sustainability referrals services for Councils.
    • Cost benefit analysis and feasibility
    • Building Code Section J compliance
    • Green Star Certification
    • Green Star peer reviews and project sustainability management guidance
    • Bioregional One Planet Certification
    • Sustainable Design Assessment for planning applications
    • Council ESD officer and planner training in BESS, SDAPP and in Assessing Sustainable Design in Planning

    Our Products


    InSite Water is an Australian Tool for understanding and designing Water Sensitive Urban Designs in infill development.
    Visit our InSite Water website


    The South Australian Version of the InSite tool. Developed for Water Sensitive SA, it helps Councils to understand and approve stormwater plans for infill development.
    Visit our WSSA InSite Water website


    Ecomon are a range of smart, cloud enabled devices that monitor and report on a building’s energy, water, and gas usage.
    Visit our Ecomon website


    We currently offer fully automated online training for:
    – Sustainable Design Assessment for Planners (SDAPP training)
    – Water Sensitive Urban Design for Planners

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    RMIT University’s Advanced Manufacturing Precinct
    "Hi Ian, Thought you might like to know we achieved our 5 Star Green Star for our B55 project. Thanks for your assistance!”

    RMIT’s building 55 project manager

    Incoll (Savills) Melbourne Fitout 
    “We are very pleased to let you know that the Incoll Melbourne Fitout Project has achieved a 5 Star rating with 64 points having been awarded. As you can imagine we are ecstatic with this result. We wish to extend our thanks and gratitude to you for all your assistance throughout the Green Star submission process. Your assistance has been a valuable contribution in achieving our 5 star rating. It has also been a pleasure meeting you and working with you towards our Green Star Results. We look forward to any opportunity in the future to working with you again”.

    Incoll Management - now called the Savills Project Management Team

    Our Recent Clients