Greater Dandenong


Sunday 21st February 2016




Dandenong Municipal Building, 225 Lonsdale St, Dandenong VIC 3175
Sponsored by The City of Greater Dandenong


The ATA is happy to present Speed Date a Sustainability Expert in partnership with the City of Greater Dandenong. Join us for a fun day where you will receive free personalised advice from leading sustainable designers and eco experts.

The Sustainability Experts

  • ARKit

    ARKit is a design and build group specialising in high quality, customised prefabricated building solutions. As an architect-led practice, ARKit collaborates with its clients to develop sustainable, hand crafted prefabricated buildings for a variety of residential and commercial applications. Craig Chatman and Tristan Burfield from ARKit will be available to answer your questions about green building and design, sustainable materials selection and product specification.

  • CGD – Agus Batara, Urban Designer

    Agus offers expertise in architecture and urban design with an extensive 13+ years experience in the local government sector. He is passionate about creating a building that does not just look good, but is also good for the environment and the occupants. His creative design thinking and knowledge of local government planning policy framework have assisted many building designers, builders and developers to seek balanced outcome in creating comfortable design and viable development. Prior to his current local government role, Agus had worked in the private sector for both several developers and in an urban design consultancy practice.

  • CGD, Rachel White – Horticulturalist

    Rachael is a passionate horticulturalist with more than 21 years of experience in the industry. She started out working in wholesale nurseries, and then ran her own successful gardening business. For the last three years she has been an important member of the City of Greater Dandenong’s Horticulture Team, and a leading force behind the successful ornamental edible garden project in Dandenong Park. Rachael has experience in garden design, construction and maintenance, but her passion is growing food. She is a strong believer in knowing exactly what goes into the food you eat. Some of her favourite topics for discussion are composting and developing garden beds. Rachel will be available at the City of Greater Dandenong’s table to answer your questions between your dates.

  • Dirtsong

    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

  • Do it on the Roof

    Do it on the Roof is a specialist green roof and wall company. Our mission is to bring nature back to cities by creating beautiful, wild and ecologically rich green roofs and gardens.

    Sarah Hardgrove specialises in urban horticulture and leads Do it on the Roof’s maintenance team. With experience in designing, planting and maintaining green roofs and gardens, she brings a wealth of expertise in the delivery and management of green roofs and walls. Sarah enjoys discussing green infrastructure, biodiversity, waste reduction,and urban agriculture, and sharing her own gardening experiences, both on the ground and on the roof.

    Fully booked for Stonnington and Boroondara 2017

  • eme design

    Luke Middleton founded EME in 1999 with a goal to create beautiful, sustainable buildings that reflect each client’s personality. EME believes the process as well as the product should be enjoyable – their ethos: designing your own home should be incredible! Winners of numerous awards including the BDAV 10 star Challenge and Smart Water Fund for Design Innovation, they pride themselves on clever design with proven results.

  • 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.

  • Gaia Construction

    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 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’

  • Marie Carrel – Planet Architecture

    Marie is the Director of Planet Architecture as well as a member of the Building Designers Association of Victoria and is also a registered building professional.

    Marie pays special attention to integrating ESD (Environmentally Sustainable Development) with high functionality and stylish aesthetics in her work and has thorough knowledge of the environmental value of building materials.

    Marie’s vision is to deliver sustainable design and information services widely to accelerate the rate of change towards sustainability.

    Planet Architecture specialise 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.

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

  • Organica Engineering

    Ian Adams, director of Organica Engineering, is a Sustainability Engineer and a recognised industry leader with over 10 years experience in delivering sustainable buildings and developments.  Ian has successfully integrated ESD solutions into hundreds of developments around Australia.

    Ian is a certified assessor and trainer for the Green Building Council of Australia, regularly lectures at RMIT and Melbourne Universities on sustainable design and city infrastructure. Ian has been instrumental in helping develop industry toolkits such as BESS, Green Star, STEPS, the SDS planning assessment tool, and he has an in-depth knowledge of how to implement sustainable design in buildings.

  • 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 and runs a design and energy management consultancy business with a focus on sustainable development.

    Michael designed and built his own house using passive solar design principles together with solar power and integrated permaculture garden.

    Dates with this expert are fully booked for this event. 

  • Renew – Tim Forcey

    Tim Forcey has acted as an energy consultant in over 1000 Melbourne homes and curates the 12,000+ member Facebook Group “My Efficient Electric Home” where home energy dilemmas are resolved every day.

    Tim is an accredited Victorian Residential Efficiency Scorecard assessor, has published research into home energy economics with the University of Melbourne and is a valued volunteer at Renew. 

    Prior to taking up a keen interest in home energy, Tim worked in industry with companies such as Esso, BHP, Jemena, and the Australian Energy Market Operator.

    Tim has recently also launched his own consultancy business “Tim Forcey Home Energy Advisor” where he helps people to improve comfort and energy performance in their homes.

  • renew/ATA – Damien Moyse

    Damien leads ATA’s policy analysis and advocacy work, engaging with government at all levels, industry and consumers. He works in the areas of energy efficiency and demand management, renewable energy and carbon markets, water conservation and efficient transport. Damien also oversees the management of the ATA’s portfolio of research and consulting projects with our project partners and external clients. Damien provides the expert advice for ATA’s solar and energy efficiency advice service products.

  • Solar Solutions Design

    Solar Solutions Design: energy efficient and healthy buildings without compromising style. We are a market leading, multi-award winning house design company with over 20 years’ experience. We create homes that achieve the highest energy ratings and comfort levels. We are committed to delivering the highest quality building design service at an affordable price.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Urban Digestor

    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.