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.
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.
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
Michael Tanner is a designer and horticulturalist with a passion for making sustainable gardens. With DirtSong he specialises in designing, creating and caring for gardens that leave the softest of footprints. Michael is a respected landscape design teacher and gardening presenter, guiding colleges, schools and communities towards greater understanding of the uniqueness of their soils, plants and landscapes.
Michael understands the abiding wellbeing that edible, organic and naturally sustainable gardens bring to our lives. He sees these gardens as simply beautiful.
“There’s a couple of things I really love; creating beautiful landscapes and cooking delicious food. Designing sustainable gardens is the perfect way for me to spend more time doing both.”
Fully booked for Boroondara 2018
Field Design Studio
Field Design Studio was born out of the belief that sustainable architecture can and should be beautiful. That energy efficient houses are not only smart and functional but also bright and comfortable. FDS specialise in the design of sustainable homes and renovations. We see every project as an opportunity to make a significant contribution to the betterment of the environment and the owners’ lifestyle. We like to work closely with our clients and Builders to ensure the best outcome.
Fully booked for Frankston and Mornington 2017
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.
Going Solar is a multi-award-winning design and installation company specialising in innovative solar electricity, solar hot water and environmentally sustainable design (ESD) projects. We work with everyone from householders and community groups to major government and commercial clients.
Ryan McKercher joined Going Solar in 2015 as a Graduate Engineer. Ryan has a background including an Advanced Diploma in Electronics Engineering from Polytechnic Tasmania and a Bachelor of Electrical Power Engineering from University of Tasmania.
Sorry, fully booked for Stonnington 2016
Green Energy Options
Rory Tonkin has been working as a Solar Energy Advisor with Green Energy Options for the past year after completing a degree in Environmental Management and Sustainability at Deakin University. Rory has a strong interest in helping to shift the world to a carbon negative scenario and believes that giving people the knowledge of how different solar PV systems work is a great starting point. He sees knowledge and understanding as two of the key requirements that allow people to make informed decisions about reducing their emissions by installing a high quality solar power system. Green Energy Options is a corporate member with the ATA and for every system installed in Australia they donate a solar panel to the ATA’s East Timor International projects group.
Sorry, fully booked for Stonnington 2016
Green Moves Australia
Green Moves Australia principal Danielle King is a Sustainability Consultant and trainer. She holds a Diploma of Sustainability and is an Accredited Sustainability Assessor with the BDAV. Danielle consults on energy efficiency projects, and has run energy efficiency programs for local Councils and the HIA GreenSmart Professional builder program. She is passionate about improving our environment and understands the challenges of being efficient whilst maintaining financial common sense.
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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.
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.
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