Divakarla & Associates
Shaila Divakarla is the director and principal consultant of Divakarla & Associates. She is an architect with over 15 years of experience in the residential building industry. She also holds a Ph.D. in the area of sustainable architecture which gives her the advantage of combining practical experience with depth of knowledge. She is also a sustainable design consultant and teacher and has provided expert advice to builders, developers, building design professionals as well as home owners. She believes sustainable design is essentially good design that promotes wellbeing and liveability of the occupants, instils beauty and character, is benign to the environment and last but not least, is value for money. With a proven track record in championing sustainable project housing, she has been a key contributor to the multi award winning Ecoliving Display Homes at Kellyville, Sydney.
Envirotecture designs elegant and affordable homes that work well, feel good, and are culturally appropriate – and reduce their ecological cost toward zero. We have over 35 years experience in sustainable design, combining traditional and organic sustainability with proven and emerging technologies.
Envirotecture has received numerous peer design awards, community and sustainability awards.
G.E. Hunt Architect
Graham Hunt is a sole practitioner working throughout Sydney and beyond who uses his extensive experience in sustainable design to create stimulating, healthy, resource-efficient buildings holistically conceived. Graham designed and built his first passive solar home in 1983 and is highly respected throughout the industry for his expertise in optimising thermal comfort. With a realistic pragmatic approach cost effective design solutions full of delight evolve through deep consultation with clients and after detailed site evaluation.
Greg Meyer, vice President of Permaculture Sydney West has been applying the ethics and principles of Permaculture to his home and community since 2009. He and his wife teach workshops on sustainable living in urban settings. Their expertise includes Soil building/Composting; Seed Saving; Year-Round Food Production; Community Gardens; Fermenting; Preserving; Natural Body Products; Water Maintenance . He also consults to city councils on creating more sustainable (regenerative) cities.
We consider the long-term use of a building during its life-cycle in order to make it truly liveable. Our design approach allows for easy adaptability in response to the changes in life of the inhabitants, creating long-term, meaningful occupation. To achieve this also requires maximising the potential of each client’s unique site, brief and budget. We design the “right fit” for the site by responding to place and optimising the connection to natural light and ventilation. In this way we address sustainability in terms of social, environmental and economic factors.
Jason Blake Architecture & JBA Construct
Jason Blake is an Architect & Builder heading up the team at Jason Blake Architecture and the practices associated building company JBA Construct.
The practice philosophy incorporates a contemporary approach to design & construction and sustainable environmental technologies and methods, interpreting the social, economic, aesthetic and heritage context of the sites and clients we work with.
The practice has focused primarily on residential projects – new housing, multi-unit and mixed-use projects, alterations and additions – with occasional commercial & hospitality projects.
Mark Davis Design
Mark Davis is an Accredited Building Designer who focuses solely on Sustainable Design & Building. His experience started 20 years ago when he began building his own sustainable home. Subsequent study & exploration led to his career sharing this passion with others.
Mark has won two awards for his work, holds various positions within the Building Designers Association of Australia, including the Director of Technical Development, & teaches Building Design. His homes have been open to the public for a number of Sustainable House initiatives, to showcase the philosophies.
Mark Davis Design’s business model is to provide a high level of service to clients & to work closely with builders from as early in the design process as possible, providing an integrated approach utilising everyone’s experience to achieve a high quality, cost effective and comfortable home than will last the ages.
President of Permaculture Sydney West and I run workshops on organic food growing and sustainable living.
We have been growing our own fruit, veg, herbs and eggs on our 600m2 block in western Sydney for over 35 years. We plant our own seedlings, twice a month, grown from our own or purchased open pollinated seeds and use our chook tractor to provide cultivation and fertilisation. We use stored rainwater for irrigation where we can through highly efficient but low tech irrigation techniques.
ShineHub – Alex Georgiou
ShineHub founder Alex Georgiou has helped hundreds of families become self-sufficient with new solar and battery systems for their home. In your session, Alex will help you make a prioritised plan for solar, battery, and energy efficient solutions for your home so you know exactly what is best for you. No matter your budget you can get started on your path to energy independence today!
Tony Edye & Associates
Tony Edye and Associates’ philosophy is to work closely with our clients to achieve a comfortable, minimal footprint and a beautiful home through ecologically sustainable design. Our award winning home and office aims to be ‘off-grid’ and comprises many sustainable initiatives which inform and demonstrate our architectural design philosophy, including renewable energy, polished ‘green’ concrete floors, double glazed windows, LED lighting, FSC certified timber, and zero VOC paints and finishes. We have more than 25 years in practice perfecting a balance between passive and active design, which results in buildings which are thermally more comfortable, less resource demanding and visually stimulating whilst attending to the everyday needs of busy people.