GEORGE Bennis knows a Chinese secret that allows him to use the elements to his advantage.
The Maleny local is Queensland's only Chinese certified feng shui master and just won an award for his work on a Currumbin Waters home on the Gold Coast.
"It's an honour to win the award and being recognised for my expertise by my peers is really mega," Mr Bennis said.
The award he won was the inaugural international award for best residential case study, judged by a panel of international judges and an interior designer.
But there is so much more to feng shui than simply design.
"Feng shui is an ancient Chinese environmental technology - there is nothing in the Western world that is remotely like it," Mr Bennis said.
"It's an understanding of our relationship between the built environment, humans and the natural environment.
"What we call the atmosphere or the ambience of a location or a building the Chinese call the qi.
"Feng shui maps the qualities and characteristics of qi in a building or location - so some locations are fortunate and support human activities and prosperity while other locations are unfortunate and are detrimental to human fortune and wellbeing."
Mr Bennis classifies qi according to the five elements: water, wood, fire, earth and metal.
In his award-winning home, Mr Bennis harnessed the good energy and the end result saw the home owner increase her hourly rate by 400% and excel in her own career.
Locally Mr Bennis worked with The River School when it built a new administrative centre, library and classrooms.
"I love working with clients from the beginning, when I advise on what property to look for, how to orientate the home to match their birth details and how to lay out the rooms, then people just love the energy of the home," he said.
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