It has long been clear that Dave Martin, founder and Director of Martin Builders, is in this world and the building industry to lift the game and challenge the status quo.

Dave’s skills and experience as a builder comes with numerous prestigious accolades and awards, such as the Master Builder of the year and other highly sought after industry awards. He has also had a wide spread of marketing and media interaction and appearances, featuring on Grand Designs Australia for the construction of the Croft House that was architecturally designed by James Stockwell.

Dave has wide experience in the construction industry and is the director, co-director and co-founder of multiple companies such as Archiblox, Birdie Workshop, JM Cladding, Small Giants Developments, and The Cape Patterson Eco-Village.

Dave has always had a passion for high quality, responsible and sustainable design and construction. This passion connected him with likeminded peers who were doing their bit to make change but Dave found himself wanting to do more – this was the motivation to start Martin Builders.

Dave wanted to take things further to use his skills to make a difference in the world. Martin Builders gives him the opportunity to drive his vision for change and to challenge construction common practice into something really exciting and innovative. Through Dave’s practise he has proved that carbon positive is possible and a 10 star energy rating is achievable.

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Danny brings his expertise to Martin Builders from an impressive list of achievements. He is the CEO of Small Giants, a company he started with Berry Liberman (who is also his lovely wife) to effect social and environmental change through business, and Australia’s first B Corporation. The Small Giants family of businesses include Dumbo Feather, Tom Organic, The School of Life, The Commons, Pots n Pans (in Vietnam) and the Impact Investment Group, an impact funds management company he co-founded in 2013 which now has over $400m in assets under management, the majority of which is sustainable property.

Danny also has degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Business Administration.

Prior to Small Giants he was the inaugural Social Entrepreneur in Residence at RMIT, the founder and CEO of Engineers Without Borders Australia, a non profit international development agency, founder and CEO of Medivax, a corporate health services provider and has served on numerous for profit and non-profit boards.

He is currently serving on the boards of Stand Up, B Labs Australia, Australian Jewish Funders, the 100% Impact Network and the advisory board of the Gross National Happiness Centre in Bhutan. His contribution to the community has been acknowledged many times, including the list below:

  • Medal of The Order of Australia 2016
  • B Corporation Hal Taussig award, 2015
  • Changemakers Festival, Social innovation award, 2014
  • Advisor to the Gross National Happiness Centre in Bhutan
  • Principles for social investment (UN Global Compact), Social investment
  • Pioneer award, 2012
  • Ernst & Young social entrepreneur of the year, 2012
  • Listed in the RMIT Alumni Hall of Fame
  • RMIT Alumnus of the year 2009
  • ADC Leadership award, 2009
  • Named as one of the 100 most influential engineers in Australia in 2005
  • Churchill Fellowship, 2003.