Moonee Valley 2017



Sunday 27th August 2017




Moonee Ponds Bowls Club, 776 Mt Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds
Sponsored by City of Moonee Valley

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

Please register early to avoid disappointment.

The Sustainability Experts

  • 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 – John Knox

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    John joined ATA as a Technical Specialist in 2008. He has presented talks to many audiences and offers advice to members on energy efficiency and technology for a sustainable future. Passionate about sustainability, in 2010 he rode around Australia on his bicycle educating people about home energy efficiency and climate change.

  • 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.

    Fully booked for Wyndham 2018

  • ATA – Richard Keech

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    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 ATA’s ReNew magazine on matters related to sustainable building technology.  Richard lives in Essendon with his family in their zero-carbon home.

    Fully booked for Wyndham 2018

  • 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

  • Dimase Architects


    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.

  • EcoCraft

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    The Ecocraft team bring a wealth of experience in carpentry and building and a passion for ecologically responsible craftsmanship. We have sourced quality products and refined our techniques to improve the comfort and energy efficiency of your home.

    Ecocraft specialise in home renovations including full thermal shell upgrades + bathroom, kitchen and laundry renovations. We also specialise in outdoor timber structures including decks, pergolas and shading systems.

    Our Company Director Andrew Rosier is a Registered Building Practitioner and a member of the Master Builders Association of Victoria.

  • EnviroGroup

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    Noel Anthony is part of the team at EnviroGroup based in Northcote.  He has over 5 years experience in solar and energy efficiency across Australia and New Zealand. EnviroGroup has been in business for 13 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.  With the EnviroGroup team, Noel also regularly runs free seminars and events for the public on ‘solar power and batteries for beginners’.

  • 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’

  • Green Sheep Collective

    Green Sheep Collective

    Environmentally conscious, ethical, and community minded, Green Sheep Collective is an architecture firm that brings sustainable design expertise, flexibility, and fun to the design and construction of your building. Specialities: new builds & all-scale renovations; thermal performance; sustainable construction materials.

  • Leah Reynolds – Architect

    Leah Reynolds

    Becoming a sole practitioner in 2014 after more than 16 years industry experience, as an Architect and permaculture designer, I look to follow my passion as an advocate for the environment. This is by moving towards reducing our reliance on energy intensive materials and changing behaviours. Everyone has their own measure of what sustainability means to them. Small change can make great cultural shifts. Considering breathable materials, edible landscapes and integrating the natural environment within your home home, can significantly reduce energy consumption and provide healthier living spaces. This might translate to smaller more efficient buildings using passive design principals, using no VOC or low VOC building products or better storage arrangements for preserving, buying bulk or processing garden food.

  • Loop Interiors


    Qualified interior decorator with over 20 years experience in the environmental and community development sectors, she has worked with rural communities to improve village facilities, designed education experiences for nature park visitors and run conferences for hundreds of environmental educators.  Her natural ability to organise and listen matched with her creative flair brings a whole fresh approach to styling space. Well experienced in sustainable living and design, Teresa specialises in sustainable interior decorating advice.

    Her true love being tiles and textiles, Teresa embraces colour, pattern and texture.

  • Marc Dixon Architect

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    Marc Dixon Architect was established in Melbourne in 1998 by Marc Dixon.

    We seek out site opportunities and constraints to inform us about design solutions. These decisions are based primarily on passive solar technique.  Construction methods and budgets play a role in the final selection of materials and finishes. And these methods assist to inform us on what is a building with an Australian sensibility.

  • Moonee Valley City Council’s Environment Officer

    Harry Fricke

    Harry is an engineer and has worked for Moonee Valley City Council’s Environment Team since 2010. He manages sustainability projects on Council’s buildings and tracks Council’s progress towards zero net emissions. He specialises in retro-fitting existing buildings for energy efficiency, solar power and rainwater systems as well as solar passive design for new builds. He has project-managed the install of over 2,000 solar panels on 30 buildings as well as numerous rainwater system, draught-proofing, insulation, lighting, shading, solar hot water, cool-roof and double glazing projects.

  • 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.

  • Scott Hitchins


    Scott Hitchins is a Permaculturalist, sustainable living consultant and a presenter of sustainable gardening workshops to councils, schools and community groups. Need to get your head around growing veggies, grafting fruit trees, keeping chickens & bees, building a wood fired oven or just reducing your environmental footprint in the kitchen and garden? Talk to Scott and get the low-down.bee keeping

  • Small Spaces


    Small Spaces has been designing gardens since 1997. Kathy Smalley has studied horticulture at both NMIT and Burnley College and she teaches designing gardens for small spaces at CAE in Melbourne.

    Small Spaces offers a full design service taking your project from the initial consultation right through to project management, and maintenance. Our designs are one off’s, developed to cater for each individual client’s requirements and budget.

  • 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.