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Emergent Building Approvals is licensed by the Queensland Building Construction Commission and is the preferred supplier of Building Certification services to several Local Governments in North Queensland. Our team offers an innovative approach to building certification which is communicated to our clients each step of the way to deliver the maximum benefit for our clients.


We utilize modern building certification software to ensure efficiency and accountability is provided for every project. The whole team are dedicated to the Building Surveying profession and uphold the core values of our business. To this end we offer efficient, cost effective and professional building surveying and inspection services.

The team at Emergent Building Approvals has connections to ecology and philosophy but for our business it relates to our philosophy to strive to stay abreast of changes in building laws, code and product compliance to ultimately put your and our business ahead of our respective competitors. Our personalised team offers a tailored approach that is sure to benefit your next development.

"By communicating with our clients throughout the entire approval process, it ensures that all parties are kept up to date with the status of their approvals whether it be a new application, inspection results or finalising the project we are there every step of the way."

- Glenn Chambers



Glenn Chambers

Principal Building Surveyor/Director

Glenn co-founded Emergent Building Approvals in 2016 and is a Level 1 accredited Building Certifier with over 23 years’ experience in the building industry in Queensland. Glenn started from a grass roots level within the industry as a carpenter and continued his professional development with tertiary studies and years of experience working for one of Queensland’s largest building certification firms. His experience extends to residential, commercial, healthcare, retail and industrial projects in both private and public sectors. Glenn continues to fulfil an advocacy role in his profession through committee roles for both the Far North Queensland Chapter of the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors and the Housing Industry Association.



  • QBCC Level 1 Building Certifier B.Bldg.Surv, Hons, MAIBS A80178

  • QBCC Low-Rise Builders Licence – 80178

  • QBCC Swimming Pool Safety Inspection Licence – 102056

  • Standing Legal and Technical Committee Member of Housing Industry Association

  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Accreditation (MRICS) - Building Surveyor

  • Referee – Building Development and Dispute Resolution Committee

Beau Thornton

Level 2 Building Surveyor

Beau Thornton is a Level 2 Building Certifier and specialises in fast-track approvals for residential projects. He has gained a wide range of experience in both residential and commercial projects throughout the North Queensland Region. Beau also began his career within the construction industry in a practical role but has developed this underpinning practical knowledge further by coupling it with a thorough understanding of the gamut of building control legislation. This includes planning matters of the various Local Government planning schemes as well as the Building Code and associated building assessment provisions prescribed under legislation. He provides a solution-based approach in his decision-making processes and continues to develop further professionally with his tertiary studies.


  • QBCC Level 2 Building Certifier A1201355

  • QBCC Low-Rise Builders Licence – 1201355

  • Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors - Building Surveyor (MRICS)


Carmel Chambers

Office Manager/Director

Carmel is our office Manager and covers all aspects of the day to day operations of the business including inspection bookings, council lodgements as well as ensuring our clients’ phone calls and emails are responded to in a timely manner. She has over 15 years of senior office/administration experience, so she understands the demands of running a business and our clients’ needs and is committed to ensuring every detail of our service is delivered at a high standard.

Need a Building Approval or Inspection?

Contact us now to book in your stage or final inspection at a time and date that is convenient with you.


Administration Assistant

Nicole is our fully qualified Administration Assistant (guru) in our Mareeba office.  Nicole covers all aspects of the day to day operations of the office including inspection bookings and council lodgements, as well as ensuring our clients needs are met in a timely manner.  Her enthusiastic approach ensures a smooth process when lodging your building application. 

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