A brief history…
Co-founded in 2004 by Lyn and Maurice Beinat, ecoMaster was one of the first Energy and Thermal Efficiency Retrofit businesses to emerge in Australia. Now over a decade and a half later, ecoMaster has firmly established itself as the leaders in the industry, offering their ethical, quality, trusted assessment and retrofit service to thousands of people in want of a more sustainable home.
ecoMaster have received many awards for their ground-breaking work in energy efficiency. In 2009, ecoMaster CEO, Lyn Beinat, was awarded the prestigious HIA GreenSmart Professional of the Year, in Parliament House, Canberra, for leadership and professionalism. ecoMaster was the first green retrofit business in Australia to be awarded a national award from an industry peak body.
Using their own home as a test case, Lyn and Maurice Beinat have reduced their home’s energy consumption by a massive 84%. Their home, which was producing almost double the national average of greenhouse gas emissions is now a zero emission home that pays the family to live there. More comfort, less energy, all year round.
Visit our case studies to read the whole story of the home that planted the seed for Australia’s leading energy efficiency retrofit company.
“Suck it up princess!” is not the most auspicious way to start to a business.
Our journey started in 2003 as a response to an astronomical energy bill accompanied by an incredibly cold home (rated 1.5 stars) and the realisation that our lounge room emitted almost double the national average in carbon emissions. Thermally, financially and ethically – it was “not ok”.
Not really sure where to start, we contacted builders and architects. The final call was to a builder who was checking the information we told him…
“Let me get this straight love, you live in Gisborne, its winter and you are cold”.
“Yes! That’s right” delighted that he understood the problem.
His response “Suck it up Princess! You live in Gisborne, its winter and you are gunna be cold”!
Clearly not content with that response, we knew there was a better way. We had lived for several years in Europe and had not been cold in our home, nor paid huge bills. And so we started on the journey to retrofit our own home.
Research was extensive. We built a heat chamber (as you do!) and hired a cool room (as you also must do!) and tested every insulation product on the market with 2 minute timing tests using multiple temperature probes. After 3 months of testing, we had our own library of temperature performance curves, developed from our own empirical testing.
The retrofit began! A series of unique ecoMaster products were developed along the journey where we found the existing offerings were either poor quality, did not work, ridiculously expensive or just plain wrong (like throwing out perfectly good windows that just happened to be single glazed). Architectural quality draught proofing, secondary glazing and retrofit wall insulation were all developed over several years.
That same home is now rated 7.6 stars with very low energy costs and zereo carbon emissions. Even with minimal heating, it is a cosy warm home during winter. Summers are cool with no air-conditioning, even when it is 46 degrees outside.
Having retrofitted our own home to such an impressive standard, we started to understand the unique nature of what we had just achieved. We wanted to share that knowledge; and so ecoMaster was started to support other home owners more easily down the same, high quality, do it once, low carbon path.
Our objective was to provide honest advice and effective solutions to enable others to retrofit their homes as practically and pragmatically as possible. In 2005, we were not even sure this was a business.
Over the years that have been many ups and down. The released of “An Inconvenient Truth” by Al Gore was a step change. It generated thousands of kindred souls, alarmed at the threat of global warming were ready to do something about it.
Government policy has played a significant part in the highs and lows of the green industry in Australia.
Wishing to continue to provide great products, a consistently excellent customer service experience and stable employment for long term employees, we concentrated on our core strengths: honesty, quality and innovation to support our obsession with comfortable homes, lower energy costs and a low carbon future.
Seemingly successful with that objective we won the HIA GreenSmart Professional of the Year in 2009.
After a decade in the Macedon Ranges, ecoMaster relocated to Tullamarine in 2014 to capitalise on NBN facilities.
We were completely excited to have won “Business of the Year” in the Northern Business Achievement Awards. For this considered for this award, two businesses are nominated by each of six councils in the Northern Business area (Hume, Darebin, Nilumbik, Banyule, Moreland and Whittlesea). To even be nominated for this award is a honour. Hume Council has over 12,000 businesses to choose from. We also won “Innovation and Enterprise” which is a testament to the years of research and development ecoMaster has put into developing energy and thermal efficiency products that actually work!
ecoMaster has now won the “Sustainability Award” two years running in the Hume City Council Business Awards which is both a surprise (given the amazing businesses that are based in Hume) and an honour.
Developing a technically excellent range of products was just the start. Ethical advice, “wow” customer service and our commitment to quality outcomes is why we strive. It takes years of obsessing over the details to bring that level of care to every clients’ home.
Contact us now so we can help you transform your home from being freezing cold in winter and a hot-box in summer.