3ARK – Ratko Mrkogaca
I’ve made many holes in buildings over a career that started as an Electrical Mechanic at Shell Refinery, then Telecom / Telstra, followed by HVAC installation work. I became interested in the energy efficiency of buildings – specifically in the “Airtightness” of buildings – and now work at assessing buildings, and quantifying and identifying the “unwanted holes” as a fundamental means to improving their performance.
3ARK is committed to improving the comfort and energy efficiency of Australia’s buildings. They do this by advising on how to design and build airtight buildings, performing a verification test of the building envelope performance, then when the air-leakage is greater than planned, identify air-leakage locations so that remedial action can be taken.
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.
ATA – Keiran Price
Keiran is an energy analyst with the ATA who has worked on numerous projects assessing the benefits of solar installations for residences, businesses and local governments. He has recently worked with MEFL’s Positive Charge providing a technical assessment of commercial solar suppliers, is currently working with community groups in Gippsland and Wodonga to establish community energy programs, and is also leading an ATA research project investigating household fuel costs. Prior to joining the ATA, Keiran lived in London and worked at the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem), the UK Energy Market Regulator, where he was involved in the development and administration of a number of renewable energy and energy efficiency schemes.
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.
We 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.
We believe good architecture is for everyone and our 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. We have a particular interest in developing daylight design and low energy living with in great architecture.
Graeme Ambrose is a sustainability consultant, energy auditor and managing director of EcoDecisions. He specializes in environmental and energy auditing, energy efficient building design as well as commercial and domestic LED lighting plans and solutions. Passionate about showing people how to reduce their energy bills and its effect on the hip pocket. Graeme is an accredited Energy Auditor with the Schneider Electric EcoXpert programme, one of only three in Australia under this scheme.
He is a qualified auditor for ISO14001 (Environmental Management Systems) and holds a Diploma of Sustainability, Diploma of Management as well as certificate IV in Renewable Energy, Training and Assessment and Home Sustainability Assessment .
Graeme is also a training consultant to the H.I.A. and has written many training courses for them in subjects such as Energy Efficient Building Design and Sustainable Construction. Graeme taught Sustainability and Environmental Management Systems at Swinburne University, is one of the pilot facilitators for the SECCA Sustainable Homes Program and also teaches renewable energy in China
In 2005 he designed a multi-award winning, energy efficient house for his property in East Gippsland.
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
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.
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