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Founders: Hanna Gammon, Jock Gammon, Alistair Scott-Young
Providing advanced greening solutions throughout Australia, Junglefy is a business bringing eco-conscious technologies to Australian companies.
Based in NSW, the business was founded in 2009 by Jock and Hanna Gammon and Alistair Scott-Young, all of whom recognised the opportunity to tap into the burgeoning green industry.
“This industry is developing fast and a real need exists for a company to provide turn-key solutions, with a real emphasis on partnership and market education rather than simple product placement,” Hanna Gammon says.
“Our business is all about providing urban, sustainable solutions to bring our cities to life. The recent weather events clearly highlight the importance of driving these technologies to combat our ever-changing natural environment.”
With an additional staff member on board, Junglefy took in revenue of $600,000 in the last financial year and plans to improve its performance across every state.
With Hanna at the helm of the business in the role of managing director, Jock and Alistair work on the frontline; Jock is the technical director for NSW and South Australia while Alistair holds the same title in Victoria, Queensland and WA.
Junglefy’s green roofs and walls are vegetated layers that sit on top of building surfaces to help preserve green space, control storm water runoff, reduce buildings’ energy costs and provide beauty.
According to Junglefy, the concept has gone from “horticultural curiosity” to a growth industry in urban and suburban settings alike, primarily for their financial and environmental benefits.
The company claims green roofs provide protection for the “roof membrane”, resulting in a longer lifespan. They can reduce storm water runoff by as much as 70% and also reduce the need for air conditioning.
“More contemporary intensive green roofs can be visually and environmentally exciting, integrating water management systems that process waste water from the building as well as storing surplus rainwater in constructed wetlands,” Gammon says.
“These roof types have great potential for wide application because, being lightweight, they require little or no additional structural support from the building.”
Gammon says managing the growth of the business – without large amounts of money – has proved to be the biggest challenge, but the market readiness and the vast business potential is an exciting and rewarding prospect.
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