ATA – Nick Carrazzo
Nick is an energy analyst with the ATA who has worked on numerous projects assessing the benefits of solar installations for residences and local governments. He was the lead author of ATA’s “Are We Cooking the Planet With Gas?” report which assessed CO2 emissions from natural gas and efficient electric household appliances. He is currently working in partnership with the VIC government to co-ordinate the tender process for 50 new solar PV installations at life saving clubs across Victoria. Nick has a Masters of Sustainable Practice from RMIT.
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.
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.
Foong + Sormann Architects
Foong + Sormann Architects is a service driven practice with a focus on meticulous execution. Jo and Jamie formed the office in 2008. Foong + Sormann 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.
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.
Green Design Solutions
Green Design Solutions focuses on bringing together Sustainable and Livable Design Solutions for clients and for all stages of life. Janine has extensive experience in environmental housing and sustainable building technology and compliments this with a passion for healthy, smaller homes. She holds a Masters in Environment and Planning and a Degree in Environmental Management, teaches Thermally Efficient Housing at RMIT and is a Livable Housing Assessor. Janine is the author of the eBook ‘Creating a Home for Life’.
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.
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.”
Planet Architecture specialises in the design of new green homes, extensions and renovations, with particular attention to high functionality, passive solar design, carbon footprint, conservation and non-toxicity. Standard design rates apply and design consultations are available.
Sustainable Gardening Australia
SGA’s mission is to inspire, empower and connect individuals, communities and organisations to garden sustainably.
SGA provides information, advice and workshops that encourages home owners to garden sustainably. Topics covered include low impact food gardening; habitat gardening to support biodiversity; gardening in small spaces, reduction of garden chemical usage, smart water gardening; loving your soil and recycling organic waste