Greater Dandenong

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Sunday 21st February 2016




Dandenong Municipal Building, 225 Lonsdale St, Dandenong VIC 3175
Sponsored by The City of Greater Dandenong


The ATA is happy to present Speed Date a Sustainability Expert in partnership with the City of Greater Dandenong. Join us for a fun day where you will receive free personalised advice from leading sustainable designers and eco experts.

The Sustainability Experts

  • ARKit


    ARKit is a design and build group specialising in high quality, customised prefabricated building solutions. As an architect-led practice, ARKit collaborates with its clients to develop sustainable, hand crafted prefabricated buildings for a variety of residential and commercial applications. Craig Chatman and Tristan Burfield from ARKit will be available to answer your questions about green building and design, sustainable materials selection and product specification.

  • ATA & MEFL – Tim Forcey

    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 – Damien Moyse


    Damien leads ATA’s policy analysis and advocacy work, engaging with government at all levels, industry and consumers. He works in the areas of energy efficiency and demand management, renewable energy and carbon markets, water conservation and efficient transport. Damien also oversees the management of the ATA’s portfolio of research and consulting projects with our project partners and external clients. Damien provides the expert advice for ATA’s solar and energy efficiency advice service products.

    Sorry, fully booked for Greater Dandenong 2016

  • ATA – Michael O’Connell

    Michael OConnell

    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.

  • CGD – Agus Batara, Urban Designer

    Agus offers expertise in architecture and urban design with an extensive 13+ years experience in the local government sector. He is passionate about creating a building that does not just look good, but is also good for the environment and the occupants. His creative design thinking and knowledge of local government planning policy framework have assisted many building designers, builders and developers to seek balanced outcome in creating comfortable design and viable development. Prior to his current local government role, Agus had worked in the private sector for both several developers and in an urban design consultancy practice.

  • CGD, Rachel White – Horticulturalist

    Rachael is a passionate horticulturalist with more than 21 years of experience in the industry. She started out working in wholesale nurseries, and then ran her own successful gardening business. For the last three years she has been an important member of the City of Greater Dandenong’s Horticulture Team, and a leading force behind the successful ornamental edible garden project in Dandenong Park. Rachael has experience in garden design, construction and maintenance, but her passion is growing food. She is a strong believer in knowing exactly what goes into the food you eat. Some of her favourite topics for discussion are composting and developing garden beds. Rachel will be available at the City of Greater Dandenong’s table to answer your questions between your dates.

  • Dirtsong

    Michael Tanner

    Michael Tanner is a designer and horticulturalist with a passion for making sustainable gardens. With DirtSong he specialises in designing, creating and caring for gardens that leave the softest of footprints. Michael is a respected landscape design teacher and gardening presenter, guiding colleges, schools and communities towards greater understanding of the uniqueness of their soils, plants and landscapes.

    Michael understands the abiding wellbeing that edible, organic and naturally sustainable gardens bring to our lives. He sees these gardens as simply beautiful.

    “There’s a couple of things I really love; creating beautiful landscapes and cooking delicious food. Designing sustainable gardens is the perfect way for me to spend more time doing both.”

  • Do it on the Roof


    Do it on the Roof is a specialist green roof and wall company. Our mission is to bring nature back to cities by creating beautiful, wild and ecologically rich green roofs and gardens.

    Sarah Hardgrove specialises in urban horticulture and leads Do it on the Roof’s maintenance team. With experience in designing, planting and maintaining green roofs and gardens, she brings a wealth of expertise in the delivery and management of green roofs and walls. Sarah enjoys discussing green infrastructure, biodiversity, waste reduction,and urban agriculture, and sharing her own gardening experiences, both on the ground and on the roof.

    Fully booked for Stonnington and Boroondara 2017

  • eme design

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    Luke Middleton founded EME in 1999 with a goal to create beautiful, sustainable buildings that reflect each client’s personality. EME believes the process as well as the product should be enjoyable – their ethos: designing your own home should be incredible! Winners of numerous awards including the BDAV 10 star Challenge and Smart Water Fund for Design Innovation, they pride themselves on clever design with proven results.

  • Field Design Studio

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    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

  • Gaia Construction

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    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 Design Solutions

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    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’

  • Organica Engineering

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    Ian Adams, director of Organica Engineering, is a Sustainability Engineer and a recognised industry leader with over 10 years experience in delivering sustainable buildings and developments.  Ian has successfully integrated ESD solutions into hundreds of developments around Australia.

    Ian is a certified assessor and trainer for the Green Building Council of Australia, regularly lectures at RMIT and Melbourne Universities on sustainable design and city infrastructure. Ian has been instrumental in helping develop industry toolkits such as BESS, Green Star, STEPS, the SDS planning assessment tool, and he has an in-depth knowledge of how to implement sustainable design in buildings.

  • Planet Architecture

    Planet Architecture

    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.

  • Solar Solutions Design


    Solar Solutions Design: energy efficient and healthy buildings without compromising style. We are a market leading, multi-award winning house design company with over 20 years’ experience. We create homes that achieve the highest energy ratings and comfort levels. We are committed to delivering the highest quality building design service at an affordable price.

  • Steffen Welsch Architects

    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.

  • Sustainable Homes Melbourne

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    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 managing director Simon Clark who has completed the Diploma for Green Deal Home Energy Assessment in the United Kingdom, is a recognized GreenSmart Professional.

  • Urban Digestor

    Urban Digestor

    Urban Digestor is a team with architectural and engineering backgrounds focused on sustainable building design. A cornerstone of our business philosophy is innovation through effective collaboration. We achieve sustainable outcomes through the engagement of the design team and home owner.