Banyule 2018


Sunday 3rd June 2018


1:00 - 3:00pm


Banyule Council, Community Meeting Room, Level 4, 1 Flintoff St, Greensborough
Sponsored by Banyule City Council

The ATA is happy to present Speed Date a Sustainability Expert in partnership with Banyule City Council. Join us for a fun and informative day where you will receive free personalised advice from leading sustainable architects, designers and sustainability experts.

Bookings are essential for this free event. Please register and select which experts you would like to date by clicking on the ‘Register Now’ button below or email if you have any queries about this event. 


The Sustainability Experts

  • 3ARK – Ratko Mrkogaca

    I’ve made many holes in buildings over a career that started as an Electrical Mechanic at Shell Refinery, then Telecom / Telstra, followed by HVAC installation work. I became interested in the energy efficiency of buildings – specifically in the “Airtightness” of buildings – and now work at assessing buildings, and quantifying and identifying the “unwanted holes” as a fundamental means to improving their performance.

    3ARK is committed to improving the comfort and energy efficiency of Australia’s buildings. They do this by advising on how to design and build airtight buildings, performing a verification test of the building envelope performance, then when the air-leakage is greater than planned, identify air-leakage locations so that remedial action can be taken.

  • 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.

  • Beyond Shelter

    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.

    Fully booked for Banyule 2018

  • EcoCraft

    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

  • EcoDecisions

    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.

  • EcoMad

    Chris Johnson is a sustainability consultant, energy auditor and managing director of EcoMad. He specializes in energy efficiency for the built environment including energy audits (1000+), building plan reviews, and product supply. In addition to this, he is the co-owner of Draught Busters which specializes in the installation of energy efficiency measures including draught proofing and insulation.

    Fully booked for Banyule 2018

  • EnviroGroup – Reahan Martin

    One of EnviroGroup’s solar and battery specialists. He has been working in renewable energy for over four years and has experience in residential, commercial and off-grid solar design.  Reahan can help you accurately size and design the right solar/battery system to get the best energy and financial results for your home or business.

    EnviroGroup is a leading solar power and renewable energy supplier in Victoria. An approved CEC retailer, EnviroGroup has been providing Victoria with renewable energy solutions since 2008 and has won awards for both large commercial and residential solar projects.

    Specialising 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.  

    Fully booked for Banyule 2018

  • Going Green Solutions – Lucinda Flynn

    Lucinda is passionate about sustainability in every aspect of her life. As well as co-founding the Eco-lifestyle shop Going Green Solutions more than 10 years ago, she is a fully trained Energy Assessor with a Cert IV in Home Energy Assessing from Swinburne, and an accredited Victorian Residential Energy Scorecard (VRES) Assessor. VRES assessments give homes energy efficiency star ratings. She has presented on a wide range of sustainability topics, from being a Workshop Leader for the Dept of Small Business and Innovation small business program, to teaching children about sustainability at Edendale Environment Farm. Lucinda is particularly interested in educating people about the many simple, low cost ways they can reduce their energy use and bills in the home. Further interests cover green purchasing (for schools or organisations), waste management, permaculture, living a more sustainable lifestyle, and she has a huge amount of knowledge about eco-friendly product alternatives on the market today.

    Fully booked for Banyule 2018

  • 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’

    Fully booked for Banyule 2018

  • Greenly

    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.

  • 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.

    Fully booked for Banyule 2018

  • Marc Dixon Architect

    Marc Dixon Architect was established in Melbourne in 1998 by Marc Dixon.

    We seek out site opportunities and constraints to inform us about design solutions. These decisions are based primarily on passive solar technique.  Construction methods and budgets play a role in the final selection of materials and finishes. And these methods assist to inform us on what is a building with an Australian sensibility.

  • Planet Architecture

    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.

    Fully booked for Banyule 2018

  • Renew – Michael O’Connell

    Michael O’Connell is a Renew 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 Renew. 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.

  • renew/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.

    Fully booked for Banyule 2018

  • Small Spaces

    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.

    Fully booked for Banyule 2018

  • Sustainable Homes Melbourne – Michael Burns

    Sustainable Homes Melbourne aspires to be your one stop shop for sustainable residential construction offering design, construction, consultation and more. The concept was inspired from years of overseas travel observing common practice around the world. On hand will be Michael Burns who has been in the construction industry since 2001, is a qualified carpenter and registered builder. Michael is driven to impact the construction industry in Australia while lowering the impact we are having on the environment.