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 Boroondara 2018
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.
ATA – Nick Carrazzo
Nick is an energy analyst with the ATA who has worked on numerous projects assessing the benefits of solar installations for residences and local governments. He was the lead author of ATA’s “Are We Cooking the Planet With Gas?” report which assessed CO2 emissions from natural gas and efficient electric household appliances. He is currently working in partnership with the VIC government to co-ordinate the tender process for 50 new solar PV installations at life saving clubs across Victoria. Nick has a Masters of Sustainable Practice from RMIT.
ATA – Richard Keech
Richard Keech is an experienced engineer who works as an energy consultant and has industry experience with renewable energy and energy efficiency. He was a lead author of BZE’s Buildings Plan and is a regular contributor to ATA’s ReNew magazine on matters related to sustainable building technology. Richard lives in Essendon with his family in their zero-carbon home.
ATA – Rob Petruzzi
Rob Petruzzi is an Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) consultant who can provide support and advice to people and organisations to develop sustainable living solutions and improve energy efficiency. He has the skills, experience and ability to ensure that your building achieves high levels of comfort and resource efficiency.
Edible Eden Design
Karen Sutherland is a horticulturalist with over 25 years’ experience working as a sustainable designer and landscaper. She has specialised in edible gardening for the last five years, after a lifetime of growing her own food. Her edible home garden has been featured on TV and in various publications and is part of Open Gardens Australia in March 2014. She works designing and teaching about edible and sustainable gardening.
F2 Design Principal, Tim Adams, is a building designer specialising in high performance houses which aim to combine environmental sensitivity with admirable architecture. Tim is regularly requested to make presentations to public forums on sustainable design. As BDAV president, Tim introduced the 10 Star Challenge; F2 Design was Joint Winner of the Challenge in 2012 and finalist in 2013 and 2014. The House with No Bills, Tim’s own house, was the cover feature of Renew 120, an experience that has now flowed through to an influx of requests for off-grid houses.
Fully booked for Wyndham 2018
Field Design Studio
Field Design Studio was born out of the belief that sustainable architecture can and should be beautiful. That energy efficient houses are not only smart and functional but also bright and comfortable. FDS specialise in the design of sustainable homes and renovations. We see every project as an opportunity to make a significant contribution to the betterment of the environment and the owners’ lifestyle. We like to work closely with our clients and Builders to ensure the best outcome.
Fully booked for Frankston and Mornington 2017
GLOW Design Group
GLOW Design Group specialises in energy efficient homes that are functional and beautiful. The GLOW-designed and documented “700 haus” collected good publicity and sustainability award recognition. Lead designer Tim Ellis is a registered designer with the BDAV. Good design is of utmost importance: high thermal efficiency not only helps save the environment, it saves on ongoing costs by using energy wisely.
Fully booked for LIFE Point Cook 2017
Going Solar is a multi-award-winning design and installation company specialising in innovative solar electricity, solar hot water and environmentally sustainable design (ESD) projects. We work with everyone from householders and community groups to major government and commercial clients.
Ryan McKercher joined Going Solar in 2015 as a Graduate Engineer. Ryan has a background including an Advanced Diploma in Electronics Engineering from Polytechnic Tasmania and a Bachelor of Electrical Power Engineering from University of Tasmania.
Sorry, fully booked for Stonnington 2016
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’
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.
Positive Footprints designs and builds homes that tread lightly on our planet. We can also provide consultation and advice for existing plans, and advice on sustainable materials and leading-edge technology. Make your Footprint Positive. Specialities: major renovations; new builds; thermal performance.
Fully booked for Wyndham 2018
Scott Hitchins is a Permaculturalist, sustainable living consultant and a presenter of sustainable gardening workshops to councils, schools and community groups. Need to get your head around growing veggies, grafting fruit trees, keeping chickens & bees, building a wood fired oven or just reducing your environmental footprint in the kitchen and garden? Talk to Scott and get the low-down.bee keeping
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
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“The path to sustainability is paved with needs not wants. In housing ourselves this thinking leads to smaller, healthier, more efficient, more comfortable and more affordable homes. This is what I help my clients achieve.” – Malcolm Wilkie