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.
AEES Group are a leading end to end energy management company with a focus on solutions which reduce costs, curb carbon emissions and meet regulatory requirements. All projects are custom-designed and utilise our proprietary Cost Benefit Analysis capability together with Digital Smart Meter data. AEES specialise in installations, in monitoring, maintenance and reporting of renewable energy production versus grid consumption – guaranteeing energy management goals continue to be met for our clients, into the future.
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
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.
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.
EnviroGroup – Mick Harris
Mick was ATA’s Managing Director for 15 years and remains heavily involved as a Technical Specialist who provides technical advise to ATA members on a wide range of sustainable technology issues including solar power, solar hot water, energy efficient appliances, sustainable housing design, energy efficient lighting, sustainable power generation, and much more. Mick is the founder and Director of The EnviroGroup, Australia’s leading environmental products retailer and is responsible for consultancy and system design of renewable energy systems.
Mick is an integral member of ATA’s International Project’s Group group which has installed thousands of solar power systems across East Timor.
Qualified & experienced in horticulture & also permaculture. Fuchsia has been working on urban permaculture ‘farm’ in Pascoe Vale at her rented house where she run tours, grows organic heritage veggies, fruit trees, raise chooks, test all sorts of sustainable ideas, sell edible flowers, compost in half a dozen different ways & a whole heap more. Fuchsia’s garden was also recently featured in the Moreland Open Gardens event. Read more about Fuchsia here
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.
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.
MEFL – Brendon Gilbert
Brendon is the Technical Lead for projects and implementation of the Zero Carbon strategy. Brendon works on a range of diverse projects to identify and explore opportunities for MEFL to drive medium/large scale action on renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.
Brendon drives local action on renewables and energy efficiency for Moreland’s Zero Carbon Strategy. Prior to MEFL, Brendon has worked in the energy industry for 20 years throughout Australia and the UK and has excelled at business improvement by analyzing activities to save expenditure, reduce waste, energy costs, and emissions. Techniques used include; Renewable Energy (Photovoltaic (PV), wind, solar, and biomass), over 250 energy audits, data analysis, and project management.
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. 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.
renew/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.
renew/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.
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.
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.