Sanctum homes is proud to be a founding member of builders declare

The twin crises of climate breakdown and biodiversity loss are the most serious issue of our time. Globally, buildings and construction play a major part, accounting for nearly 40% of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions whilst also having a significant impact on our natural habitats.

For everyone working in the construction industry, meeting the needs of our society without breaching the earth’s ecological boundaries will demand a paradigm shift in our behaviour, and our buildings. Together with our clients, we will need to commission and design buildings, cities and infrastructures as indivisible components of a larger, constantly regenerating and self-sustaining system.

The research and technology exist for us to begin that transformation now, but what has been lacking is collective will. Recognising this, we are committing to strengthen our working practices to create architecture and urbanism that has a more positive impact on the world around us.

As a member of the construction industry aware of the Climate & Biodiversity Emergency I pledge to:

  • Raise awareness of the climate and biodiversity emergencies and the urgent need for action amongst our clients and supply chains.

  • Advocate for faster change in our industry towards an improved standard of construction and more regenerative construction practices.

  • Collaborate with professionals and policy makers within our industry to work towards improved environmental outcomes.

  • Establish climate and biodiversity mitigation principles as the key measure of our industry’s success: demonstrated through awards, prizes, listings, & information sessions.

  • Share knowledge and research to that end on an open source basis.

  • Create buildings of a superior quality and performance, to meet the challenges of a low carbon future.

  • Construct buildings that require minimal energy input to maintain a satisfactory internal living environment.

  • Embrace the shift to low embodied carbon materials, and prioritising materials with minimal environmental impact more broadly.

  • Implement on-site waste management and construction systems to reduce, reuse and recycle.

  • Incorporate ecologically sustainable development principles.


Founding signatories:
Aligned Building, Sustainable Homes Melbourne, Granted Construction, Positive Footprints, Michael Limb Builders, Sanctum Homes, G-Lux Builders, RICCON Development & Construction, Green Building Institute, Crisp Green Homes

Builders Declare free webinar hosted by Hamish White, Sanctum Homes

& Jesse Glascott, G-Lux Builders

Wednesday, 16th September at 5pm.  

Register at

Builders Declare Facebook Group Page - link on their website at:

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Webinar Hosted By:

Jesse Glascott

Jesse is a qualified carpenter with over 20 years of experience in the domestic and commercial building industry. His journey started with his carpentry apprenticeship and led into starting his own business at 21 years of age, becoming registered builder at 24. Jesse discovered Passive House in 2017 and undertook his qualification to become a certified Passive House Tradesman. He redirected his entire organisation, "G-LUX Builders," to focus on energy-efficient high-performance builds and Passive House. Jesse has two young kids and a very patient and supportive wife which allows him to focus on the growth and specialisation of hisbusiness. At the same time he enjoys sharing his knowledge and passion with like-minded people in and outside of the industry. With joining the builders declare movement, Jesse wants to contribute and do his part by building more sustainable and healthier homes.

Hamish White

Hamish started his education at La Trobe University with a business and marketing degree. After completing this he quickly realised that being stuck in an office was not for him so started his carpentry and building journey at the age of 23. With a keen interest in the outdoors and his wife being an ecologist, Hamish's passion for building and the environment led him down the path of sustainable building and, now, high performance homes and Passive House. Building high performance homes is now Sanctum Homes minimum standard. As a founding member of Builders Declare, Hamish is hoping to encourage other builders and tradespeople to build better homes and be more mindful of the environment