Wednesday 11th July 2018


6:00pm - 8:00pm


Coogee Beach Surf Life Club, 20 Poore Grove, Munster WA 6166
Sponsored by City of Cockburn

The ATA is happy to present Speed Date a Sustainability Expert in partnership with City of Cockburn. 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 emailing If you have any queries about this event or Speed Date a Sustainability Expert please email.


The Sustainability Experts

  • Arcologic

    John Damant is an eco-designer and founder of Arcologic Design, a Perth based practice specialising in the design of sustainable homes.  He is the recipient of many awards, especially in the sustainable housing sector. He has published a book on sustainable houses titled “Eco-Logical Living” based on the “10 essentials ” he includes in all his projects. His projects span most areas of Western Australia, and are at many scales using a variety of materials and technology. He has a particular interest in low impact sustainable housing solutions for compact and difficult sites to address the problem of suburban sprawl.

  • Clean NRG Solar – Craig Donohue

    Proudly WA owned and operated, Clean NRG Solar are experts in Solar PV Systems, Solar Battery Storage and Solar Hot Water. With their show room located in Osborne Park, Clean NRG Solar have helped homes and businesses all over Perth slash their electricity bills while gaining green credentials.  Established in 2010, Craig Donohue is the founder of Clean NRG Solar. He has always had a passion for sustainability. From an early age Craig has had a desire to reduce his carbon footprint and his electricity bills.

    In 2010 the opportunity came up to start a Solar energy business and Craig has never looked back. With 30+ years experience in retail and B2B, he has an excellent understanding of the importance of superior customer service and has an excellent reputation in the industry. Craig has been employed by some of the world’s largest companies including Sanyo and Toshiba. He prides himself on an open door policy and is always available to personally meet with clients.

  • Design Button

    Pernille is a highly creative designer with a decade of experience in sustainable design for the residential market. She specialises in passive solar and energy efficient design with involvement in projects on the ground nationally as well as public projects. She is currently a board member of the Building Designers Association WA, BDAWA and previously worked with one of Perth’s leading energy efficient home designers, before starting her own design studio.

  • Design For Seasons

    Design For Seasons is a small building design practice located in the Perth hills, specialising in passive solar, energy efficient, environmentally sustainable design.

    Gary Palma is the manager and designer and has always had an interest and passion for eco design and alternative building methods and materials. With over 25 years experience in the architectural and building industry, including 18 years in his own practice Gary brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in good design.

    Areas of design include individual houses, retrofits and additions, group housing, and community buildings.

    Gary is also a registered builder and can take a project from concept to construction.

  • Environment House

    Environment House is a largely volunteer-run campaign centre and eco-products store set up to support the community’s efforts to live in a way that respects our environment and future generations. Long-term volunteer Alan Benn is an Electronic Engineer with a long interest in sustainability who is now giving advice to homes, schools and small businesses on reducing water and energy use. Alan has done over 300 home assessments for local councils, Synergy and private homes. As well as his involvement with Environment House, Alan runs his own energy auditing business, CHSA – Commercial and Home Sustainability Audits.

  • Garden Deva

    Garden Deva is a unique and creative garden design company with over 18 years experience creating original and beautiful gardens. Sustainability is at the heart of every Garden Deva design. Our focus is on creating liveable spaces which both look and feel great. Our gardens are diverse, they celebrate the seasons and provide year round interest. Whichever style you prefer – be it an edible garden, a native, contemporary, dry tolerant tropical or Mediterranean  (or other!) – we will create an inspired garden for you to love and live in.

  • ISMART Building Group

    ISMART are focused on making a difference in the way we think about building sustainably. Building homes that will last for generations to come, and will be affordable to all.

    We believe sustainability is a prerequisite to business today, not a selling point or a marketing anchor. We are sustainable because our environment and community call us to be, because the standard for quality homes today, is a sustainable home.

    Brian has a trade background, extensive international experience, including Europe, New York City and various management qualifications including a diploma of construction and frontline management. He is the director of EBS Builders Pty Ltd, is the registered builder on all ISMART building projects and is a partner in the ISMART Building Group.

  • Matthews McDonald Architects

    Matthews McDonald Architects is a small practice based in the Perth Hills, Western Australia, established by Leonie Matthews and Paul McDonald. Our practice is committed to architecture that is sustainable and that makes great places to live, work and enjoy. For us architecture is a collaborative process and we work closely with our clients to realise their vision.  With the uniqueness of each project we guide our clients through the stages of design and documentation, approvals and construction with care, skill and attention to detail.

  • Right Homes – Geoff Britton

    Geoff Britton has recently joined the Right Homes Team after 15 Years of Award Winning sustainable residential construction with his own company. Geoff has a wide knowledge of many construction methods and is passionate about promoting practical sustainable design and building. He is a previous winner of the HIA WA Greensmart Professional of the Year Award (2013)

  • Sid Thoo

    Sid Thoo RAIA is an award-winning architect, consultant and educator with a passion for designing more sustainable eco-effective buildings. He gives regular presentations and workshops on eco-effective building design, and is a NatHERS accredited assessor. Sid was recently a Clinical Professional Fellow in the School of Built Environment at Curtin University.

  • Solar Dwellings

    Solar Dwellings’ Founder and Director, Griff Morris, has been researching and designing passive solar homes since the late 1970s. He is now a leading national authority, teaching sustainable design and home energy efficiency. Our homes are judged amongst Australia’s best because they’re intelligently designed and very well constructed. They’re highly sustainable, universally accessible and incredibly comfortable to live in. They significantly cut energy and water costs – but they don’t cost the earth. Solar Dwellings has won over 50 major housing awards.

  • Sorensen Architects

    Sorensen Architects is a well-established practice of 23 years based in Margaret River. Michael Sorensen originally started as an architect in Perth, followed by a number of years experience in the UK & Germany.

    Sorensen Architects has always focused on and applied ESD principles. We are passionate about the environment and the way we engage with it.

    We create buildings that function well and have longevity and flexibility – buildings that are good to live in, good to work in and that are inspiring and stimulating. Our designs are location driven, innovative and individual.

    Sorensen Architects won an award for Sustainable Architecture from the Australian Institute of Architects in 2013.

  • Sunday Energy

    Sunday Energy’s Travis Hargreaves has 11 years’ experience in designing and installing solar power systems in Western Australia. Receive advice on system designs, energy production, and financial returns specific to your house design and energy use. Learn about residential energy management systems and the latest solar technologies coming to market 2018.

  • WaterCraft

    Use of rainwater tanks is increasing in popularity, and recent research shows an increase in property values for homes with tanks installed. A specialist with many years of experience in collection and re-use of rainwater, whether for a townhouse or a large rural property, WaterCraft has a reputation for well-designed and executed installations of all types of tank with attention to all those little details that make the difference. Gareth also advises on the use of greywater systems for garden irrigation, and as a member of the Greywater and Wastewater Industry Group is well-placed to advise on what can be achieved for a given property size.

    Be prepared to discuss your goals in terms of intended use for the water and space available for storage.