ATA & MEFL – Tim Forcey
Tim Forcey is an ATA volunteer who currently works casually with the Moreland Energy Foundation and has worked in the past with the University of Melbourne Energy Institute. Based on his broad practical energy experience and research, Tim has published many papers and articles on topics ranging from reverse cycle air conditioners, to home energy management systems, to 100% renewable energy schemes. As an energy consultant, Tim has visited approximately 300 Melbourne homes. Prior to taking up his current interest in effective residential energy use, Tim trained as a chemical engineer and was employed for over 30 years with companies such as Esso and BHP Billiton.
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 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.
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.
Bayside City Council Statutory Planner
A Bayside City Council Statutory Planner will be attending the event to provide advice on your plans, whether these are a simple alteration to an existing property or building a new dwelling. The planner can help with the application process, provide you with the relevant forms & fees (if applicable) and provide guidance on creating a landscape plan if your plans to build, renovate or develop are likely to impact upon existing trees/vegetation. The planner is also available to advise you on the policies and regulations around heritage listed buildings/properties within the heritage overlay.
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.
Noel Anthony is part of the team at EnviroGroup based in Northcote. He has over 5 years experience in solar and energy efficiency across Australia and New Zealand. 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. With the EnviroGroup team, Noel also regularly runs free seminars and events for the public on ‘solar power and batteries for beginners’.
Foomann Architects is a service driven practice with a focus on meticulous execution. Jo and Jamie formed the office in 2008. Foomann work in residential, hospitality, interior, retail and office design. This broad experience stimulates cross-pollination and has introduced the practice to a committed team of excellent building professionals and craftspeople. The studio enjoys working on projects with a wide range of budgets, has an inclusive approach that encourages ideas from any source and prides itself on effective management of the collaborative process. They pride themselves on creating sensitive solutions, extending to the finest detail, with sustainability a fundamental outcome of good design. Consult them about all aspects of your build or renovation, particularly the orientation and space efficiency of your design.
Gaia Construction specialises in bespoke homes and renovations and is committed to providing its clients with informed and practical advice on sustainable materials and options for improving energy efficiency. Managing Director Jeremy Gates has a long work history in the European market and has been a registered building practitioner in Victoria since 2012. He is a member of the Master Builders Association Victoria and is a Green Living Builder. Combining in-depth knowledge of current Australian standards and practices with experience in leading edge European methods and materials now emerging in Australia, Jeremy brings a unique set of skills and perspectives to every project. Jeremy is assisted by his wife Sue, an environmental lawyer with a keen interest in sustainable building.
Green Moves Australia
Green Moves Australia principal Danielle King is a Sustainability Consultant and trainer. She holds a Diploma of Sustainability and is an Accredited Sustainability Assessor with the BDAV. Danielle consults on energy efficiency projects, and has run energy efficiency programs for local Councils and the HIA GreenSmart Professional builder program. She is passionate about improving our environment and understands the challenges of being efficient whilst maintaining financial common sense.
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Greenhouse Electrical Services
Ryan is a solar designer and installer, Electrician and Mechatronic Engineer with a keen interest in providing well-designed sustainable solar solutions that are tailored to meet the needs of his customers, whilst staying relevant for future expansions and “smart grid” developments. As a strong supporter of environmental conservation, Ryan started Greenhouse Electrical Services in an effort to create a social enterprise that gives back to the environment whilst providing an environmentally friendly service to clients. Ryan can provide you with extensive advice about solar, storage, and electrically efficient homes.
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.
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.
Simon Tiller is a registered Architect who regularly carries out short reports for a range of building challenges. Our experience in small practice over fifteen years has included reporting for the federal government home sustainability program and training others in that role. We bring sustainability as the bedrock of thinking for renovation advice, property purchase and simple enhancements to landscape and building elements during maintenance, improvement and adaptation of houses during change. Thousands of reports delivered over sixteen years form a backdrop of meeting realistic needs and wants in assessing potential of housing for their owners.
We offer clear step by step advice and assessment for individuals matching their goals with the real potential of their home, work place or potential new venture.
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.
Steffen Welsch Architects
Steffen Welsch Architects Pty Ltd offers expertise in residential, commercial and institutional buildings. Our designs celebrate light, balance and beauty, adopting an ecological approach to the building and its environment. In our work we find a balance between cost efficient, environmentally sustainable designs and implementing innovative systems and products.