Darebin

When:

Sunday 26th May 2019

Time:

2:00 - 4:00pm

Where:

Darebin City Hall, 284 Gower Street Preston
Sponsored by Darebin City Council

Renew is happy to present Speed Date a Sustainability Expert in partnership with Darebin 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.

This event is fully booked – please register below for our waiting list

Email  speed.dating@renew.org.au if you have any questions about this or other Speed Date a Sustainability Expert Events.

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The Sustainability Experts

  • 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.

    Sorry, FULLY BOOKED FOR BANYULE 2020 – Waiting List only

  • BOarch Architecture & Interiors

    BOarch is a multidisciplinary practice led by Christina Bozsan. The work is undertaken in the belief that great Design should be pursued through all scales and budgets and be developed within a highly collaborative environment with the client. Our belief is that sustainability is embedded within our work and work practices and is not an addition to it. Our aim is to use design thinking and innovation to deliver spaces and homes that will enrich and celebrate the everyday activities of its occupants

  • Cathi Colla Architects

    Creating environmentally sustainable architecture isn’t just the latest trend.  Your new home should be designed with our environment front of mind – think big picture while having a small impact.  

    What this means for you is feel-good design, with lower energy costs, improved liveability of spaces and a smaller environmental impact of the energy-intensive construction process.

    Cathi has been a registered architect since 1996. She was taught passive thermal design principles at university and this is primary to her design philosophy. Cathi has extensive experience across a multitude of projects types, scales and locations, ranging from individual home design, through to multi-residential and large scale public projects in Victoria, NSW, the Netherlands and USA. 

    Sorry, this expert is fully booked, you may register your interest on the waiting list.

  • Clean Energy Council – Michael Shaughnessy

    After receiving a Bachelor of Science Michael became despairing over the political inaction towards climate change and decided to do something about it at a grass roots level -> became an electrician -> and now works at the Clean Energy Council as a tech support part time.

    Michael is a licensed electrician and plumber who specialises in energy efficiency. He can advise you on energy efficient ways to heat and cool your home with heat pumps and split system air conditioning units in addition to information on general energy efficiency, solar installation and storage.

  • Dimase Architects – Antony

    Dimase Architects see each project as an opportunity to serve both the client and community interests by looking optimistically at the present and being mindful of our environmental responsibilities. Our approach is to create architecture that connects people to their environment and makes the best possible use of our resources.

    Dimase Architecture believe good architecture is for everyone and their creative work is guided by a rigorous approach to sustainable design, building science and the creative and considered re-use of older buildings and materials. Dimase have a particular interest in developing daylight design and low energy living within great architecture.

    Dates with this expert are now fully booked for this event. 

  • Elizabeth Wheeler – Future Focused Buildings

    Elizabeth is a building designer and specifier who focuses on reducing the environmental impact of residential building works. Her designs draw on the praxis of passive heating/cooling, permaculture, future-proofing, universal accessibility and pattern language. She is deeply conscious of the embodied energy in building materials, as well as their impacts on forests, landfill and waterways. Elizabeth holds an AdvDip Building Design and a Bachelor of Arts and draws on three decades of environmental and progressive social justice activism.

     

  • EnviroGroup – Mick Harris

    EnviroGroup has been in business for 15 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.  They run free seminars and events for the public on ‘solar power and batteries for beginners’

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  • Fuchsia Branwhite – Garden and Permaculture Expert

    Fuchsia is qualified & experienced landscape and permaculture designer, as well as a horticulturalist, with over a decade of experience in providing garden care & advice to clients across Melbourne.

    Fuchsia has worked on many urban sustainable garden projects, including her own urban permaculture ‘farm’ at her rented Pascoe Vale house where she facilitated farm tours, grew organic heritage vegetables and fruit trees, raised chooks and tested all sorts of sustainable ideas. She’s also been involved in the Permablitz movement & has been been featured in the Open Garden program and Renew Magazine.

    She can advise on all things to do with productive gardening, practical permaculture principles that are easy to implement, the best way to lay out your garden, what to plant, where to plant it, how to decide what will work best and a host of other garden-related tips & tricks.

    Fuchsia is a garden expert that has just been announced for this event. 

  • Graeme Ambrose – EcoDecisions

    Graeme is one of three accredited Energy Auditors in Australia under the Schneider Electric EcoXpert programme.  A qualified auditor for ISO14001 (Environmental Management Systems) he holds a Diploma of Sustainability, Diploma of Management, Certificate IV in Renewable Energy, Training and Assessment and Home Sustainability Assessment.

    Graeme is passionate about showing people how to reduce their energy bills.  Specialising in energy auditing, energy efficient building design and commercial and domestic LED lighting plans and solutions.

    Graeme is an H.I.A. training consultant, developing courses in Energy Efficient Building Design and Sustainable Construction.  He taught Sustainability and Environmental Management Systems at Swinburne University, is a pilot facilitator for the SECCA Sustainable Homes Program and teaches renewable energy in China.  In 2005 he designed a multi-award winning, energy efficient house for his East Gippsland property.

  • Greenly – John Hassall

    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.

    John 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.

    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.

  • Loop Interiors

    Whether you’re thinking of renovating or redecorating your kitchen, bathroom, laundry, living room, bedroom or office, Teresa can give you advice on layout, material choices as well fixtures, fittings and furniture considerations. If you’re looking for energy or water efficiency, natural or recycled materials, low toxin, locally made or design longevity she’s a great source of information. Pragmatic and resourceful, if she can’t answer you’re question she’s knows a person who can. Her passion being tiles, colour and living sustainably she’s opened her home for the last two years for  Sustainable House Day.

  • Marie Carrel – Planet Architecture

    Marie is the Director of Planet Architecture as well as a member of the Building Designers Association of Victoria and is also a registered building professional.

    Marie pays special attention to integrating ESD (Environmentally Sustainable Development) with high functionality and stylish aesthetics in her work and has thorough knowledge of the environmental value of building materials.

    Marie’s vision is to deliver sustainable design and information services widely to accelerate the rate of change towards sustainability.

    Planet Architecture specialise 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.

    Dates with this expert are now fully booked for this event. 

  • Maurice Beinat – EcoMaster

    Maurice Beinat is a well known energy and thermal efficiency expert who has worked in the space for over a decade, retrofitting thousands of homes and public buildings. 

    If your home is too cold in the winter, too hot in the summer and has huge energy bills, ecoMaster can fix that, permanently and without structural change to your home.

    Maurice Beinat co-founded ecoMaster to help reduce the environmental impact of existing homes and help people to achieve affordable and low carbon living that protects people from extreme weather and is comfortable all year round. 

    Using his own 1.5 star home as a test case, Maurice has developed and applied technologies to reduce his home’s energy consumption by a massive 84% in a very affordable manner. That home is now rated at 7.6 stars, is carbon neutral and pays the family to live there.

    Sorry, this expert is fully booked, you may register your interest on the waiting list.

  • Positive Footprints

    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.

  • 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 and runs a design and energy management consultancy business with a focus on sustainable development.

    Michael designed and built his own house using passive solar design principles together with solar power and integrated permaculture garden.

    Dates with this expert are fully booked for this event. 

  • Renew – 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 Renew magazine on matters related to sustainable building technology.  Richard lives in Essendon with his family in their zero-carbon home.

  • 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.

  • Steffen – Steffen Welsch Architects

    Steffen Welsch Architects offer expertise in residential, commercial and institutional buildings and their designs celebrate light, balance and beauty.

    Adopting an ecological approach to the building and its environment, Steffen Welsch Architects work hard to find the right balance between cost efficiency, environmentally sustainable design and implementing innovative systems and products.

    Dates with this expert are now fully booked for this event. 

  • 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.