Sunday 1st March 2020




Banyule Civic Office, 1 Flintoff Street, Greensborough
Sponsored by Banyule City Council

Renew is proud to present Speed Date a Sustainability Expert in partnership with Banyule City Council
Join us for a fun and informative session where you will receive free personalised advice from leading sustainable architects, designers and sustainability and energy efficiency experts.

Bookings are essential for this free event.    

 Email for more information.

Click here to find out more about SDSE.

COMMUNITY ENERGY SERVICE, Banyule Council Environment team

Micky Liu, Community Energy Officer, will be available throughout the session to answer your questions.
A community based energy program focused on household energy affordability and energy efficiency.

  • Energy charges and discounts
  • Government energy concessions
  • Energy saving tips
  • Energy efficiency upgrade advice
  • How to select reputable solar installers and energy efficiency product suppliers.
  • And more….


The Sustainability Experts

  • Ash Mogensen – 3ARK

    As a co-founder of 3ARK in 2015, Ash specialises in airtightness of buildings, thermography (infrared imaging) and performing home energy assessments using the Victorian Government Residential Efficiency Scorecard. After completing a Scorecard assessment, we are able to model planned improvements. I’ve made many holes in buildings over a career that started as an Electrical Mechanic at Shell Refinery, then Telecom / Telstra, followed by HVAC installation work. I became interested in the energy efficiency of buildings – specifically in the “Airtightness” of buildings – and now work at assessing buildings, and quantifying and identifying the “unwanted holes” as a fundamental means to improving their performance.

  • Australian Energy Foundation – Glenn Evans

    Australian Energy Foundation provides Household Energy Advice :

    Solar Power and Batteries; Draught Proofing; Insulation; Heating and Cooling; Hot Water; Windows and Lighting.

    Sorry, FULLY BOOKED FOR BANYULE 2020 – Waiting List only

  • 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.

    Sorry, FULLY BOOKED FOR BANYULE 2020 – Waiting List only

  • Chris Johnson – EcoMad

    Chris Johnson is a sustainability consultant, energy auditor and managing director of EcoMad. He specializes in energy efficiency for the built environment including energy audits (1000+), building plan reviews, and product supply. In addition to this, he is the co-owner of Draught Busters which specializes in the installation of energy efficiency measures including draught proofing and insulation.


  • Dimase Architects – Antony

    Dimase Architects 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.

    Dimase Architecture believe good architecture is for everyone and their 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. Dimase have a particular interest in developing daylight design and low energy living within great architecture.

    Dates with this expert are now fully booked for this event. 

  • EnviroGroup – Mick Harris

    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’

    Sorry, FULLY BOOKED FOR BANYULE 2020 – Waiting List only

  • Evissa

    Elena and Gareth from Evissa have a wealth of knowledge focused around helping people achieve the highest levels of indoor air quality and energy efficiency through Passive House Design using the Evissa Structural Insulated Panels (SIP) and Modular Technology.  Evissa SIPs have been created to streamline the traditional methods of building and challenge the status quo. 

    Both Elena and Gareth are trained overseas and have a wealth of experience from medium to large scale projects
    Elena Cazacu is an Architect & Passive House Designer and Gareth Owens – a Domestic & Commercial Passive House Certified Builder.

  • 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.

    Sorry, FULLY BOOKED FOR BANYULE 2020 – Waiting List only

  • Greenly – John Hassall

    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.

    John 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.

    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.

  • Maurice Beinat – EcoMaster

    Maurice Beinat is a well known energy and thermal efficiency expert who has worked in the space for over a decade, retrofitting thousands of homes and public buildings. 

    If your home is too cold in the winter, too hot in the summer and has huge energy bills, ecoMaster can fix that, permanently and without structural change to your home.

    Maurice Beinat co-founded ecoMaster to help reduce the environmental impact of existing homes and help people to achieve affordable and low carbon living that protects people from extreme weather and is comfortable all year round. 

    Using his own 1.5 star home as a test case, Maurice has developed and applied technologies to reduce his home’s energy consumption by a massive 84% in a very affordable manner. That home is now rated at 7.6 stars, is carbon neutral and pays the family to live there.

    Sorry, this expert is fully booked, you may register your interest on the waiting list.

  • Paul Haar Architect

    Paul Haar is an architect, registered since 1982, with a core emphasis on restorative architecture.  He specialises in materials sourced with environmental and social responsibility, and on thermal efficiency, autonomous water and energy systems.

    Paul is an industry expert on timber in architecture, with many national timber design awards.

    – Advocate for self-help housing in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities (1983-1993).
    – Project architect of Mullum Creek Eco-Housing Project (2002-2019).

    – Commercial organic fruit farmer (2005-2019).
    – Originator of CERES Fair Wood (2015-2019).

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  • Simone Schenkel – Gruen Eco Design

    Gruen Eco Design are passionate about sustainable design, believing that it is something that can and must be affordable for everyone. For Gruen Eco Design it’s important that sustainability is integrated naturally throughout the whole design process, rather than designing something and trying to make it sustainable later. 

    Simone Schenkel is a Certified Passive House 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.

    Gruen Eco Design are really proud of their 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.

    This expert is booked for this session.  You may still select to go on the waiting list in case of cancellation.

  • Smart Water Shop – Gary Andrews

    Since 1988 Gary Andrews has been working with Smart Water to supply water solutions to households, businesses, sporting clubs and government organisations all over Victoria. Smart Water Corporation specialise in the design, supply and installation of water efficient irrigation systems, rainwater harvesting and recycling systems, water pumps, drought tolerant lawns and many other water efficient products and services.

    Gary is passionate about water efficiency and conducts many training sessions to students, clients, industry peers, and speaks to groups from allied industries across Melbourne. 

    Sorry, FULLY BOOKED FOR BANYULE 2020 – Waiting List only

  • Solar Savvy – Andrew Armstrong

    Andrew Armstrong specialises in energy efficient building design and energy auditing and is currently a provider of Victorian Government residential Scorecard assessments.

    Andrew is passionate about providing home owners and builders with clever, holistic energy and sustainability advice, helping people to understand how the search for a more thermally efficient place to live begins with an understanding of how the outside environment influences the inside of buildings and homes through all seasons. 

    Whether your wanting to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, or cut the costs of energy purchased – both can be addressed through the understanding of the different heating and cooling options, hot water systems, energy efficient appliances and other renewable energy opportunities.

    Dates with this expert are now fully booked for this event. 

  • Steffen – Steffen Welsch Architects

    Steffen Welsch Architects offer expertise in residential, commercial and institutional buildings and their designs celebrate light, balance and beauty.

    Adopting an ecological approach to the building and its environment, Steffen Welsch Architects work hard to find the right balance between cost efficiency, environmentally sustainable design and implementing innovative systems and products.

    Dates with this expert are now fully booked for this event.