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.
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
EnviroGroup has been in business for 15 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. They run free seminars and events for the public on ‘solar power and batteries for beginners’.
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.
GLOW Design Group
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.
Fully booked for LIFE Point Cook 2017
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.
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.
Habitech is an Australian modular design and building system that creates modern, super strong and highly insulated homes. Offering full design flexibility, Habitech’s homes are not only much faster to build, but offer a much more sustainable solution to creating a high-performance housing.
Vonne Yang has lived in 5 different countries in the past 10 years, giving her a well-rounded and innate sense of design. Vonne’s experience is in architecture, graphic design, printing and photography. At Habitech, Vonne works on project design, documentation, social media and managing the delivery of Habitech’s modular building fabric and marketing
Fully booked for Stonnington and Boroondara 2017
Niree Bingham Landscape Architect
“Niree Bingham Landscape Architect (NBLA) is a passionate designer with current projects in private residential, nature based play spaces, public space strategy and technical design for Water Sensitive Urban Design projects. With shrinking property sizes and increasing expectation for outdoor spaces, well considered landscape and garden design can greatly increase the sustainable functioning of developments and should be considered in the begining of project planning. NBLA studios aim to develop all projects with underlying sustainability principals, from schmick residential developments, public space or a simple planning application. Niree’s experience include one of Australia’s most renowned design practices, Environmental and Planning advisory committees’ to council, Management Committee to a developing Community Environmental Center in the Yarra Ranges and her own practice. She is also a passionate gardener, mother and food producer.”
Fully booked for Stonnington and Boroondara 2017
Positive Charge – MEFL
In her role Lucy delivers information workshops to many different groups, including council staff, the broader community, schools and culturally and linguistically diverse groups. She also develops content for a wide variety of uses and is acutely aware of the nuanced ways that we can communicate with others on climate change, as well as the actions required to help mitigate the effects of climate change and adapt to the impacts already affecting our daily lives.
Lucy joined MEFL as a community engagement officer in 2011 and has been part of the Positive Charge team since the program launched in 2013.
Fully booked for Banyule 2018
Renew – Michael O’Connell
Michael O’Connell is a Renew 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 Renew. 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.
Renew – 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 Renew magazine on matters related to sustainable building technology. Richard lives in Essendon with his family in their zero-carbon home.
renew/ATA – Andrew Reddaway
Andrew Reddaway is an Energy Analyst with experience in advising households and organisations on how lower their bills and how to select the optimal solar-battery system for their needs or optimise 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 hands-on experience designing and installing small off-grid solar solutions.
Fully booked for Wyndham 2018
renew/ATA – Greg Walters
Greg Walters has a thorough background in engineering and teaching across many disciplines. With his extensive knowledge and skill base, he has a holistic approach to design, problem solving and trouble-shooting, providing practical solutions. Since 2009 Greg has been involved in residential sustainability assessment and energy auditing. After personally undertaking a retrofit to his 1929 Californian bungalow (including rain harvesting, vegetable gardens, grey water use, solar PV, draught proofing, double glazing, insulation improvements etc), in 2013 he was awarded the City of Whitehorse “Sustainable Household of the Year”.
Fully booked for Boroondara 2018
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.
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.
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 – Michael Burns
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 Michael Burns who has been in the construction industry since 2001, is a qualified carpenter and registered builder. Michael is driven to impact the construction industry in Australia while lowering the impact we are having on the environment.