Sunday 4th November 2018


10:30am - 12:30pm


Roselea Community, 645-671 Pennant Hills Rd, Beecroft NSW 2119
Sponsored by Parramatta City Council

The ATA is happy to present Speed Date a Sustainability Expert in partnership with City of Parramatta Council. Join us for a fun and informative day where you will receive free personalised advice from leading sustainable architects, designers and sustainability experts.

In addition to your individual dates there will be a representative from the Energy & Water Ombudsman NSW to answer your questions before and in between dates.

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


The Sustainability Experts

  • Dick Clarke – Envirotecture

    Dick Clarke is an Accredited Building Designer with over 35 years experience and is principal of Envirotecture.

    Dick has extensive experience in sustainable design, combining traditional and organic sustainability with proven and emerging technologies.

    Envirotecture focus exclusively on ecologically sustainable and culturally appropriate buildings that are not only elegant and affordable, but that feel good. Envirotecture has received numerous peer design awards, community and sustainability awards. 


  • Divakarla & Associates

    Shaila Divakarla is the director and principal consultant of Divakarla & Associates. She is an architect with over 15 years of experience in the residential building industry. She also holds a Ph.D. in the area of sustainable architecture which gives her the advantage of combining practical experience with depth of knowledge. She is also a sustainable design consultant and teacher and has provided expert advice to builders, developers, building design professionals as well as home owners. She believes sustainable design is essentially good design that promotes wellbeing and liveability of the occupants, instils beauty and character, is benign to the environment and last but not least, is value for money. With a proven track record in championing sustainable project housing, she has been a key contributor to the multi award winning Ecoliving Display Homes at Kellyville, Sydney.

  • Graham Hunt – Delisle Hunt Wood

    Graham has over 30 years’ experience as an architect, mostly in the area of environmentally sensitive design. He also has nearly 20 years’ experience as an accredited NatHERS assessor and has completed hundreds of thermal comfort and BASIX assessments.

    Delisle Hunt Wood is a relatively new firm of architects, where three experienced designers have combined forces to create a fresh approach to sustainable design. Working primarily on alterations, additions and new homes, they are client focused using a practical and personal approach to provide cost effective solutions that create stimulating, healthy, resource-efficient homes that are holistically conceived.

    Their projects range from the smallest urban renovations to extensive reconfigurations and additions, no matter the scale of project, we believe successful, responsible, environmental design is about making smart choices rather than costly ones. We have extensive experience in providing detailed thermal comfort analysis, even of existing homes, which can be used to inform your sustainability choices whilst building and renovating, to make sure you get the best outcome from your new design.

  • Greg Meyers

    Greg Meyer, vice President of Permaculture Sydney West has been applying the ethics and principles of Permaculture to his home and community since 2009. He and his wife teach workshops on sustainable living in urban settings.  Their expertise includes Soil building/Composting; Seed Saving; Year-Round Food Production;  Community Gardens; Fermenting; Preserving;  Natural Body Products; Water Maintenance . He also consults to city councils on creating more sustainable (regenerative) cities.

  • Hebden Architects

    We consider the long-term use of a building during its life-cycle in order to make it truly liveable. Our design approach allows for easy adaptability in response to the changes in life of the inhabitants, creating long-term, meaningful occupation. To achieve this also requires maximising the potential of each client’s unique site, brief and budget. We design the “right fit” for the site by responding to place and optimising the connection to natural light and ventilation. In this way we address sustainability in terms of social, environmental and economic factors.

  • Jason Blake Architecture & JBA Construct

    Jason Blake is an Architect & Builder heading up the team at Jason Blake Architecture and the practices associated building company JBA Construct.

    The practice philosophy incorporates a contemporary approach to design & construction and sustainable environmental technologies and methods, interpreting the social, economic, aesthetic and heritage context of the sites and clients we work with.

    The practice has focused primarily on residential projects – new housing, multi-unit and mixed-use projects, alterations and additions – with occasional commercial & hospitality projects.

  • Mark Davis Design

    Mark Davis is an Accredited Building Designer who focuses solely on Sustainable Design & Building.  His experience started 20 years ago when he began building his own sustainable home.  Subsequent study & exploration led to his career sharing this passion with others.

    Mark has won two awards for his work, holds various positions within the Building Designers Association of Australia, including the Director of Technical Development, & teaches Building Design.  His homes have been open to the public for a number of Sustainable House initiatives, to showcase the philosophies.

    Mark Davis Design’s business model is to provide a high level of service to clients & to work closely with builders from as early in the design process as possible, providing an integrated approach utilising everyone’s experience to achieve a high quality, cost effective and comfortable home than will last the ages.

  • Nevin Sweeney

    President of Permaculture Sydney West and I run workshops on organic food growing and sustainable living.

    We have been growing our own fruit, veg, herbs and eggs on our 600m2 block in western Sydney for over 35 years. We plant our own seedlings, twice a month, grown from our own or purchased open pollinated seeds and use our chook tractor to provide cultivation and fertilisation. We use stored rainwater for irrigation where we can through highly efficient but low tech irrigation techniques.

  • ShineHub – Alex Georgiou

    ShineHub founder Alex Georgiou has helped hundreds of families become self-sufficient with new solar and battery systems for their home.  In your session, Alex will help you make a prioritised plan for solar, battery, and energy efficient solutions for your home so you know exactly what is best for you. No matter your budget you can get started on your path to energy independence today!

  • Solar Merchant

    Solar Merchant has been operating for 6+ years. The heart & soul of a solar unit is the inverter. At Solar Merchants we ensure the materials such as panels, cables, mounting and electrical kits to the inverter are all of Tier 1 quality.

    Every household is different when it comes to power consumption & usage patterns.  Solar solutions comprise of String, Micro inverters, etc. We provide recommendations by assessing customers KW/H consumption, roof space, available sunlight hours & future plans.

    Investing in a solar system is a journey and at Solar Merchants the journey continues even after installation is complete.

  • Tony Edye & Associates

    Tony Edye and Associates’ philosophy is to work closely with our clients to achieve a comfortable, minimal footprint and a beautiful home through ecologically sustainable design. Our award winning home and office aims to be ‘off-grid’ and comprises many sustainable initiatives which inform and demonstrate our architectural design philosophy, including renewable energy, polished ‘green’ concrete floors, double glazed windows, LED lighting, FSC certified timber, and zero VOC paints and finishes. We have more than 25 years in practice perfecting a balance between passive and active design, which results in buildings which are thermally more comfortable, less resource demanding and visually stimulating whilst attending to the everyday needs of busy people.

    Fully booked for Lane Cove 2019