Moreland City Council & MEFL


Sunday 14th October 2018


10:30am - 12:30pm


Van RaayCentre CERES - Stewart St & Roberts St, Brunswick East VIC 3057
Sponsored by Moreland City Council & MEFL (Moreland Energy Foundation Ltd)

The ATA is happy to present Speed Date a Energy Efficiency Expert in partnership with Moreland City CouncilMEFL. Join us for a fun and informative day where you will receive free personalised advice from leading energy efficiency experts.

Bookings are essential for this free event. If you have any queries about this event or Speed Date a Sustainability Expert please email

Eco House – All electric house
Arrive early and join the tour of the zero emissions all-electric eco house from 10-10.20am. The Eco-House will then be open for the duration of the event so you can visit between and after your scheduled dates.

Click here for map of CERES


The Sustainability Experts

  • 3ARK

    3ARK is about “Comfort for people + Efficiency for buildings”.
    We do this by:

    Advising on how to design and build airtight buildings,

    Performing verification test of building envelope performance,

    Identifying excessive air-leakage locations so that remedial action can be taken.

    3ARK has assessors accredited to use the Victorian Residential Efficiency Scorecard. In a similar manner to the Star Ratings of new homes, the Scorecard uses information about a home to provide a Star Rating of building shell, and a representation of the running cost of fixed appliances in the home. It provides a guide for improvements to raise efficiency and cost effectively. 3ARK has delivered over 240 Scorecard assessments in Victoria.

  • AEES Group

    AEES Group are a leading end to end energy management company with a focus on solutions which reduce costs, curb carbon emissions and meet regulatory requirements. All projects are custom-designed and utilise our proprietary Cost Benefit Analysis capability together with digital Smart meter data. AEES specialise in renewable energy generation technologies. We install, monitor, and maintain the renewable energy generation systems we design – guaranteeing energy management goals continue to be met for our clients, into the future.

  • 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

  • Clean Energy Council – Michael Shaughnessy

    After receiving a Bachelor of Science Michael became despairing over the political inaction towards climate change and decided to do something about it at a grass roots level -> became an electrician -> and now works at the Clean Energy Council as a tech support part time.

    Michael is a licensed electrician and plumber who specialises in energy efficiency. He can advise you on energy efficient ways to heat and cool your home with heat pumps and split system air conditioning units in addition to information on general energy efficiency, solar installation and storage.

  • 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. 

  • Elizabeth Wheeler – Future Focused Buildings

    Elizabeth is a building designer and specifier who focuses on reducing the environmental impact of residential building works. Her designs draw on the praxis of passive heating/cooling, permaculture, future-proofing, universal accessibility and pattern language. She is deeply conscious of the embodied energy in building materials, as well as their impacts on forests, landfill and waterways. Elizabeth holds an AdvDip Building Design and a Bachelor of Arts and draws on three decades of environmental and progressive social justice activism.


  • EnviroGroup – Mick Harris

    Mick was ATA’s Managing Director for 15 years and remains heavily involved as a Technical Specialist who provides technical advise to ATA members on a wide range of sustainable technology issues including solar power,  solar hot water, energy efficient appliances, sustainable housing design, energy efficient lighting, sustainable power generation, and much more. Mick is the founder and Director of The EnviroGroup, Australia’s leading environmental products retailer and is responsible for consultancy and system design of renewable energy systems.

    Mick is an integral member of ATA’s International Project’s Group group which has installed thousands of solar power systems across East Timor.

  • Fuchsia Branwhite – Garden and Permaculture Expert

    Fuchsia is qualified & experienced landscape and permaculture designer, as well as a horticulturalist, with over a decade of experience in providing garden care & advice to clients across Melbourne.

    Fuchsia has worked on many urban sustainable garden projects, including her own urban permaculture ‘farm’ at her rented Pascoe Vale house where she facilitated farm tours, grew organic heritage vegetables and fruit trees, raised chooks and tested all sorts of sustainable ideas. She’s also been involved in the Permablitz movement & has been been featured in the Open Garden program and Renew Magazine.

    She can advise on all things to do with productive gardening, practical permaculture principles that are easy to implement, the best way to lay out your garden, what to plant, where to plant it, how to decide what will work best and a host of other garden-related tips & tricks.

    Fuchsia is a garden expert that has just been announced for this event. 

  • Graeme Ambrose – EcoDecisions

    Graeme is one of three accredited Energy Auditors in Australia under the Schneider Electric EcoXpert programme.  A qualified auditor for ISO14001 (Environmental Management Systems) he holds a Diploma of Sustainability, Diploma of Management, Certificate IV in Renewable Energy, Training and Assessment and Home Sustainability Assessment.

    Graeme is passionate about showing people how to reduce their energy bills.  Specialising in energy auditing, energy efficient building design and commercial and domestic LED lighting plans and solutions.

    Graeme is an H.I.A. training consultant, developing courses in Energy Efficient Building Design and Sustainable Construction.  He taught Sustainability and Environmental Management Systems at Swinburne University, is a pilot facilitator for the SECCA Sustainable Homes Program and teaches renewable energy in China.  In 2005 he designed a multi-award winning, energy efficient house for his East Gippsland property.

  • MEFL – Brendon Gilbert

    Brendon is the Technical Lead for projects and implementation of the Zero Carbon strategy. Brendon works on a range of diverse projects to identify and explore opportunities for MEFL to drive medium/large scale action on renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

    Brendon drives local action on renewables and energy efficiency for Moreland’s Zero Carbon Strategy. Prior to MEFL, Brendon has worked in the energy industry for 20 years throughout Australia and the UK and has excelled at business improvement by analyzing activities to save expenditure, reduce waste, energy costs, and emissions. Techniques used include; Renewable Energy (Photovoltaic (PV), wind, solar, and biomass), over 250 energy audits, data analysis, and project management.

  • Positive Footprints

    Positive Footprints designs and builds homes that tread lightly on our planet. We can also provide consultation and advice for existing plans, and advice on sustainable materials and leading-edge technology. Make your Footprint Positive. Specialities: major renovations; new builds; thermal performance.

  • 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/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.

  • renew/ATA – Keiran Price

    Keiran is an energy analyst with the ATA who has worked on numerous projects assessing the benefits of solar installations for residences, businesses and local governments. He has recently worked with MEFL’s Positive Charge providing a technical assessment of commercial solar suppliers, is currently working with community groups in Gippsland and Wodonga to establish community energy programs, and is also leading an ATA research project investigating household fuel costs. Prior to joining the ATA, Keiran lived in London and worked at the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem), the UK Energy Market Regulator, where he was involved in the development and administration of a number of renewable energy and energy efficiency schemes.

  • 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.

  • Small Spaces

    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.

  • 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.