ATA – John Knox
John joined ATA as a Technical Specialist in 2008. He has presented talks to many audiences and offers advice to members on water efficiency, energy efficiency and technology for a sustainable future. Passionate about sustainability, in 2010 he rode around Australia on his bicycle educating people about home energy efficiency and climate change. John can provide hands on information on how to reduce your water usage in your home.
ATA – Michael O’Connell
Michael O’Connell is an Alternative Technology Association (ATA) technical specialist with a long history in public education and presentation around sustainable living topics. Michael has over 25 years’ experience in the Telecommunications, IT, Construction and Renewable Energy industries. He is a past president of the ATA. Michael runs a design and energy management consultancy business with a focus on sustainable development, and designed and built his own house using passive solar design principles together with solar power and integrated permaculture garden.
Fully booked for Banyule 2018
Baker Drofenik Architects
Baker Drofenik Architects is a design oriented architectural practice specialising in residential architecture, and committed to producing contemporary environments through the adoption of innovative building technologies, informed building and site planning and sustainable material choices.
Carmel is a long-standing educator and multi-disciplined designer with a broad range of experience in sustainable urban gardens. She consults and designs for private clients, has co-designed an award-winning sustainable community garden and recently completed two courses – Environmental Education and Complete Urban Farming – at the renown, multi-award winning CERES Environment Park. Her particular interest and expertise is in the use of repurposed materials, water-efficient gardens, permaculture design principles, small exterior spaces and vertical gardens.
The Ecocraft team bring a wealth of experience in carpentry and building and a passion for ecologically responsible craftsmanship. We have sourced quality products and refined our techniques to improve the comfort and energy efficiency of your home.
Ecocraft specialise in home renovations including full thermal shell upgrades + bathroom, kitchen and laundry renovations. We also specialise in outdoor timber structures including decks, pergolas and shading systems.
Our Company Director Andrew Rosier is a Registered Building Practitioner and a member of the Master Builders Association of Victoria.
Fully booked for Banyule 2018
Graeme Ambrose is a sustainability consultant, energy auditor and managing director of EcoDecisions. He specializes in environmental and energy auditing, energy efficient building design as well as commercial and domestic LED lighting plans and solutions. Passionate about showing people how to reduce their energy bills and its effect on the hip pocket. Graeme is an accredited Energy Auditor with the Schneider Electric EcoXpert programme, one of only three in Australia under this scheme.
He is a qualified auditor for ISO14001 (Environmental Management Systems) and holds a Diploma of Sustainability, Diploma of Management as well as certificate IV in Renewable Energy, Training and Assessment and Home Sustainability Assessment .
Graeme is also a training consultant to the H.I.A. and has written many training courses for them in subjects such as Energy Efficient Building Design and Sustainable Construction. Graeme taught Sustainability and Environmental Management Systems at Swinburne University, is one of the pilot facilitators for the SECCA Sustainable Homes Program and also teaches renewable energy in China
In 2005 he designed a multi-award winning, energy efficient house for his property in East Gippsland.
Fully booked for Banyule 2018
EnviroGroup has been in business for 13 years and has installed over seven thousand residential and commercial solar power and battery systems over that time.
EnviroGroup specialises in the installation of systems such as solar power, heat pump hot water, heating /cooling, LED lighting and cutting edge technologies including the Tesla Powerwall and Reposit.
Green Design Solutions
Green Design Solutions focuses on bringing together Sustainable and Livable Design Solutions for clients and for all stages of life. Janine has extensive experience in environmental housing and sustainable building technology and compliments this with a passion for healthy, smaller homes. She holds a Masters in Environment and Planning and a Degree in Environmental Management, teaches Thermally Efficient Housing at RMIT and is a Livable Housing Assessor. Janine is the author of the eBook ‘Creating a Home for Life’
John Hassall has plenty of experience designing, planting and maintaining green roofs and walls, but can answer all of your garden design questions. John’s background in waste management sparked his interest in green roofs and walls because they typify modern society’s ability to overlook or waste valuable spaces. He has experience in both building and landscape management and the combination provides him with knowledge that is crucial for designing and managing green roofs and walls whose beauty lasts. John enjoys discussing all things environmental sustainability, particularly biodiversity, waste reduction, and urban agriculture. He enjoys sharing his own gardening experiences, both on the ground and on the roof.
Gruen Eco Design
We at Gruen Eco Design are passionate about sustainable design, because we believe sustainable design can and must be affordable for everyone and as a matter of course should be integrated naturally throughout the whole design process, rather than designing something and trying to make it sustainable later. We are really proud of our 9.4 star self sufficient home in Smith Gully, which was built on a restricted budget yet achieves all the sustainable and energy efficient features the clients were aiming for.
Simone Schenkel is the designer and owner at Gruen Eco Design. Thanks to her architectural studies in Germany, an essential part of her education was based on sustainability as well as passive house design.
Fully booked for Banyule 2018
Leah Reynolds – Architect
Becoming a sole practitioner in 2014 after more than 16 years industry experience, as an Architect and permaculture designer, I look to follow my passion as an advocate for the environment. This is by moving towards reducing our reliance on energy intensive materials and changing behaviours. Everyone has their own measure of what sustainability means to them. Small change can make great cultural shifts. Considering breathable materials, edible landscapes and integrating the natural environment within your home home, can significantly reduce energy consumption and provide healthier living spaces. This might translate to smaller more efficient buildings using passive design principals, using no VOC or low VOC building products or better storage arrangements for preserving, buying bulk or processing garden food.
Planet Architecture specialises in the design of new green homes, extensions and renovations, with particular attention to high functionality, passive solar design, carbon footprint, conservation and non-toxicity. Standard design rates apply and design consultations are available.
Positive Charge – MEFL
In her role Lucy delivers information workshops to many different groups, including council staff, the broader community, schools and culturally and linguistically diverse groups. She also develops content for a wide variety of uses and is acutely aware of the nuanced ways that we can communicate with others on climate change, as well as the actions required to help mitigate the effects of climate change and adapt to the impacts already affecting our daily lives.
Lucy joined MEFL as a community engagement officer in 2011 and has been part of the Positive Charge team since the program launched in 2013.
Lucy has a background of community engagement in the arts and is still an active artist, writer and performer. She has also worked as a teacher and event manager.
Kate started dabbling in gardens and design over 20 years ago, working on her own small space, a very long narrow south west courtyard. It was such a challenge that it inspired a career change into horticulture. Kate knows small spaces inside and out, she knows how to make a garden look good and function. Small spaces need to work hard to pack everything in, and she knows how to achieve it.
Her designs incorporate local indigenous plants, Australian natives, and exotics. She likes her client’s individual tastes to dictate the direction of the garden and then use the most appropriate plants and materials to achieve the end result. Sustainable practices are threaded through the whole process, from soil preparation, use of local materials, planting, efficient irrigation, and, recycling
Smart Water Shop
Since 1988 Gary Andrews has been working with his organisation, Smart Water, to supply smart water solutions to Households, Businesses, Sporting Clubs and Government Organisations all over Victoria. Smart Water Corporation specialise in the Design, Supply and Installation of Water Efficient Irrigation Systems, Rainwater Harvesting and Recycling Systems, Water Pumps, Drought Tolerant Lawns and many other Water Efficient Products and Services.
Gary lives in Melbourne and is passionate about Water Efficiency. He conducts many training sessions to students, clients, industry peers, and speaks to groups from allied industries.