Blacktown 2018


Sunday 17th June 2018


1:00 - 3:00pm


Blacktown City Council Civic Centre, Nirimba Room, Level 5 - Access via Campbell Street, Blacktown (Please see the Caretaker at Campbell St entrance to access lifts).
Sponsored by Blacktown City Council

The ATA is happy to present Speed Date a Sustainability Expert in partnership with Blacktown 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 your interest by clicking on the button below and we will email you as soon as registrations are open or email if you have any queries about this event. 

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The Sustainability Experts

  • Envirotecture

    Envirotecture designs elegant and affordable homes that work well, feel good, and are culturally appropriate – and reduce their ecological cost toward zero. We have over 35 years experience in sustainable design, combining traditional and organic sustainability with proven and emerging technologies.

    Envirotecture has received numerous peer design awards, community and sustainability awards.

  • G.E. Hunt Architect

    Graham Hunt is a sole practitioner working throughout Sydney and beyond who uses his extensive experience in sustainable design to create stimulating, healthy, resource-efficient buildings holistically conceived. Graham designed and built his first passive solar home in 1983 and is highly respected throughout the industry for his expertise in optimising thermal comfort. With a realistic pragmatic approach cost effective design solutions full of delight evolve through deep consultation with clients and after detailed site evaluation.

  • Hebden Architects

    We consider the long-term use of a building during its life-cycle in order to make it truly liveable. Our design approach allows for easy adaptability in response to the changes in life of the inhabitants, creating long-term, meaningful occupation. To achieve this also requires maximising the potential of each client’s unique site, brief and budget. We design the “right fit” for the site by responding to place and optimising the connection to natural light and ventilation. In this way we address sustainability in terms of social, environmental and economic factors.

  • Jyoti Uttam

    Jyoti conducts energy/water assessments for households; develops resources for sustainability in the built environment. Organises community education events; assists in the compilation, analysis and reporting of sustainability data.

    At home I have a Biogas system to reduce waste and provide power for the outdoor cooker. I have a native waterwise garden with bee hives and fish. Recycling and reusing materials that are often thrown away.

  • Mark Davis Design

    Mark Davis is an Accredited Building Designer who focuses solely on Sustainable Design & Building.  His experience started 20 years ago when he began building his own sustainable home.  Subsequent study & exploration led to his career sharing this passion with others.

    Mark has won two awards for his work, holds various positions within the Building Designers Association of Australia, including the Director of Technical Development, & teaches Building Design.  His homes have been open to the public for a number of Sustainable House initiatives, to showcase the philosophies.

    Mark Davis Design’ business model is to provide a high level of service to clients & to work closely with builders from as early in the design process as possible, providing an integrated approach utilising everyone’s experience to achieve a high quality, cost effective and comfortable home than will last the ages.


  • Mode Homes

    Matthew has a particular interest in maximising space. As land and building costs rise, clever design can assist smaller spaces to ‘punch above their weight’ and fulfil the same functional requirements as larger, lesser considered, spaces. Growing families and the work from home phenomenon have led to a situation where clever design is a valuable tool that enables smaller houses to do more. 

  • Nevin Sweeney

    President of Permaculture Sydney West and I run workshops on organic food growing and sustainable living.

    We have been growing our own fruit, veg, herbs and eggs on our 600m2 block in western Sydney for over 35 years. We plant our own seedlings, twice a month, grown from our own or purchased open pollinated seeds and use our chook tractor to provide cultivation and fertilisation. We use stored rainwater for irrigation where we can through highly efficient but low tech irrigation techniques.

  • ShineHub

    ShineHub founder Alex Georgiou has helped hundreds of families become self-sufficient with new solar and battery systems for their home.  In your session, Alex will help you make a prioritised plan for solar, battery, and energy efficient solutions for your home so you know exactly what is best for you. No matter your budget you can get started on your path to energy independence today!

  • Sustainability Now

    Sustainability Now is an energy & water efficiency and environmental management consultancy, specialising in strata but also able to advise on standard homes. Since 2009 we have worked with over 300 strata buildings to undertake energy and water audits or implement energy and water efficiency upgrades. Managing Director, Ethan Burns, is an Environmental Engineer with 10 years’ experience in the electricity generation, transmission & distribution and local government sectors prior to founding Sustainability Now. He can help homeowners with advice on energy efficient lighting and appliances, hot water systems, pool pumps, optimal sizing of PV systems, battery storage, energy tariffs and general water efficiency.

  • Xpert Design & Architectural Drafting

    With her Lithuanian family background steeped in building and engineering, it was natural that Sigita Kliuke chose to become an architect. Combining nine years in architecture, including interior design, with her enthusiasm to really understand sustainable design Sigita became a researcher/project manager for one of the leading world insulation companies. Sigita is now adapting her European experiences to the Australian climate. This includes her recently completed NaTHerS training as a thermal performance assessor. Sigita also has significant experience in BASIX compliance. She has a strong commitment to holistic sustainable passive solar design which incorporates all aspects of a site. Her aim is to use building design as an opportunity to deliver spaces and homes that will enrich and celebrate not just occupants, but neighbours, towns and the planet.