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.
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ATA – Richard Keech
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.
ATA – 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.
Baker Drofenik Architects
Baker Drofenik Architects is a design oriented architectural practice specialising in residential architecture, and committed to producing contemporary environments through the adoption of innovative building technologies, informed building and site planning and sustainable material choices.
Climate Adaptation and Sustainability – Steve McKellar
Steve has worked with the development sector through the planning process to help improve environmental outcomes of new developments, he has also assisted Council with improving sustainable design outcomes of new council buildings. He was involved in the development of the Built Environment Sustainability Scorecard (BESS) through the Council Alliance for Sustainable Built Environment (CASBE) and is a Registered Architect, Thermal Performance Assessor and Green Star Accredited Professional.
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.
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Foomann Architects is a service driven practice with a focus on meticulous execution. Jo and Jamie formed the office in 2008. Foomann work in residential, hospitality, interior, retail and office design. This broad experience stimulates cross-pollination and has introduced the practice to a committed team of excellent building professionals and craftspeople. The studio enjoys working on projects with a wide range of budgets, has an inclusive approach that encourages ideas from any source and prides itself on effective management of the collaborative process. They pride themselves on creating sensitive solutions, extending to the finest detail, with sustainability a fundamental outcome of good design. Consult them about all aspects of your build or renovation, particularly the orientation and space efficiency of your design.
Gaia Construction specialises in bespoke homes and renovations and is committed to providing its clients with informed and practical advice on sustainable materials and options for improving energy efficiency. Managing Director Jeremy Gates has a long work history in the European market and has been a registered building practitioner in Victoria since 2012. He is a member of the Master Builders Association Victoria and is a Green Living Builder. Combining in-depth knowledge of current Australian standards and practices with experience in leading edge European methods and materials now emerging in Australia, Jeremy brings a unique set of skills and perspectives to every project. Jeremy is assisted by his wife Sue, an environmental lawyer with a keen interest in sustainable building.
Green Box Studio
The Green Box Studio philosophy is to ‘create innovative and engaging buildings and homes, which are spatially and functionally efficient.’ Along with a design approach that prioritises sustainable, flexible, energy efficient, and healthy homes which provide a deeper connection to place and environment, this has lead to our services being sought by like-minded clients and many fulfilling collaborations. The co-founders of the collective, Narelle Edgar (Architect) and Justin Whitehead (Builder) each manage independent practices, but believe that close connection between Architect and Builder, and a shared commitment to this philosophy through the design and construction phases, will ensure a more successful and much loved finished project.
Greenhouse Electrical Services
Ryan is a solar designer and installer, Electrician and Mechatronic Engineer with a keen interest in providing well-designed sustainable solar solutions that are tailored to meet the needs of his customers, whilst staying relevant for future expansions and “smart grid” developments. As a strong supporter of environmental conservation, Ryan started Greenhouse Electrical Services in an effort to create a social enterprise that gives back to the environment whilst providing an environmentally friendly service to clients. Ryan can provide you with extensive advice about solar, storage, and electrically efficient homes.
Greenhouse Programs Officer – Brett Hedger
Brett is a real life sustainability action man who is able to provide advice and support on everything from detergent to divestment. Brett lives the dream of a minimal impact life and will happily share his wealth of experience to guide you on your trickiest sustainability problems. In his day job, Brett advises residents who want to be more efficient with their electricity (&solar), gas, water and waste. It’s always worth a chat to Brett if you want to get to the heart of the matter and make sure you’re on the right track.
John Hassall has plenty of experience designing, planting and maintaining green roofs and walls, but can answer all of your garden design questions. John’s background in waste management sparked his interest in green roofs and walls because they typify modern society’s ability to overlook or waste valuable spaces. He has experience in both building and landscape management and the combination provides him with knowledge that is crucial for designing and managing green roofs and walls whose beauty lasts. John enjoys discussing all things environmental sustainability, particularly biodiversity, waste reduction, and urban agriculture. He enjoys sharing his own gardening experiences, both on the ground and on the roof.
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.
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Heritage Advisor – David Helms
David has been the Heritage Advisor for the City of Port Phillip since 2015. He has a planning background and has specialised in heritage planning and management since 2000.
He is a great believer that heritage conservation and sustainability go hand in hand and one of his missions in life is to disprove the myth that if your house is in a heritage overlay you cannot upgrade it to improve environmental sustainability.
Sustainable Design Advisor – Scott Willey
Scott is an architect who has worked in architectural practices across three states of Australia, and also worked as an editor and educator focused on making the built environment more sustainable. He is the current Sustainable Design Advisor for the City of Port Phillip.
Imm has over 9 years’ experience in the building industry both locally and overseas. Her skills are multifaceted; she is one of a handful of certified PassivHaus designers in Australia and has exceptional graphical and environmental modelling skills. Consequently, she brings a grounded and research based approach to projects to ensure ESD is easily communicated and achieved. Assimilating her passion for ecological construction and interest in health, Imm brings an evidence based design approach to creating healthy buildings that support and promote user health.