Moonee Valley

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Wednesday 10th June 2015




Moonee Valley Civic Centre, 9 Kellaway Avenue, Moonee Ponds
Sponsored by Lighting the West

Registrations for this event are open only to residents of Wyndham, Moonee Valley, Maribyrnong and Hobsons Bay council areas.


The Sustainability Experts

  • ATA – Andrew Reddaway


    Andrew Reddaway is a solar expert at the ATA with experience in advising households about how to select the optimal system for their needs or optimising their current system performance. Andrew designed and developed the ATA’s Sunulator program and has delivered training courses and presentations to a variety of organisations. Prior to joining the ATA, Andrew worked at the Australian Energy Market Operator where he developed the organisation’s first forecast of rooftop solar generation for the National Electricity Market. Andrew also has hand-on experience designing and installing small off-grid solar solutions.


  • 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

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    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.

  • 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.

    Sorry, fully booked for Brimbank 2016

  • Baker Drofenik Architects

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    Baker Drofenik Architects is a design oriented architectural practice committed to producing modern environmentally appropriate architecture through the adoption of passive low energy building technologies, informed building and site planning and sustainable building principles.

    Sorry, fully booked for Stonnington 2016

  • Buildings in Transition

    Buildings in Transition is a specialist Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) consultancy that provides support to organisations around Australia to develop sustainable living solutions.

    We have the skills, experience and ability to incorporate social, environmental and financial knowledge into our projects to ensure that your buildings achieve high-levels of comfort and resource efficiency.

  • Coolthinc Living Architecture


    Coolthinc is a living architecture design construction company directed by Phil Edwards.  Phil’s mission is quite simple, to help his customers realise the value of a green roof or vertical gardens in their homes.  Coolthinc operates on the principles that Living Architecture increases the value of any property significantly, enhances community outcomes and tackles climate change adaptation.

    Coolthinc services include design and construction of green roof and vertical garden features for high value redevelopment of urban properties. 

  • 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.

  • Edible Eden Design

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    Karen Sutherland is a horticulturalist with over 25 years’ experience working as a sustainable designer and landscaper. She has specialised in edible gardening for the last five years, after a lifetime of growing her own food. Her edible home garden has been featured on TV and in various publications and is part of Open Gardens Australia in March 2014. She works designing and teaching about edible and sustainable gardening.

  • F2 Design


    F2 Design Principal, Tim Adams, is a building designer specialising in high performance houses which aim to combine environmental sensitivity with admirable architecture. Tim is regularly requested to make presentations to public forums on sustainable design. As BDAV president, Tim introduced the 10 Star Challenge; F2 Design was Joint Winner of the Challenge in 2012 and finalist in 2013 and 2014.  The House with No Bills, Tim’s own house, was the cover feature of Renew 120, an experience that has now flowed through to an influx of requests for off-grid houses.

  • GLOW Design Group

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    GLOW Design Group specialises in energy efficient homes that are functional and beautiful. The GLOW-designed and documented “700 haus” collected good publicity and sustainability award recognition. Lead designer Tim Ellis is a registered designer with the BDAV. Good design is of utmost importance: high thermal efficiency not only helps save the environment, it saves on ongoing costs by using energy wisely.

  • Gruen Eco Design

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    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.

    Sorry, fully booked for Stonnington 2016

  • MODUS Architects


    MODUS Architects is a multi-disciplinary practice with a focus on design solutions and methods that make a positive impact on people, place & environment. Director Paul Adams has a breadth of experience from small scale domestic projects to broader master planning for community and educational facilities locally and overseas. Paul maintains a role at CERES as Board member and convenor of the Planning and Infrastructure Committee. Other areas of expertise and commitment are in sustainable modular design solutions with Fairweather Homes and corporate memberships of organisations such as the ATA, PrefabAUS and the FSC.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    Sorry, fully booked for Stonnington 2016

  • Steffen Welsch Architects

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    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.

    Sorry, fully booked for The New Joneses 2016

  • sustain + able consulting


    “The path to sustainability is paved with needs not wants. In housing ourselves this thinking leads to smaller, healthier, more efficient, more comfortable and more affordable homes. This is what I help my clients achieve.” – Malcolm Wilkie

  • 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 and more recently has been appointed to the Committee of the Australian Passive House Association.