Thursday 1st June 2017




Dougherty Community Centre, 7 Victor St., Chatswood NSW 2067


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


The Sustainability Experts

  • Chris – Sydney Solar Electricity

    Chris Pond from Sydney Solar Electricity Pty Ltd is an experienced service provider of advanced and innovative electrical solutions for domestic, commercial and industrial installations. Their range of work includes small scale solar power systems to large scale schools and university installations, as well as solar sculptures, solar maintenance and battery systems.

    Sydney Solar Electricity provide full project management from start to project completion. From auditing and assessing energy needs and roof space, to understanding the goals associated with having solar and the level of offsets required, Chris and the team will work with clients to customise a solar system that meets their individual needs. 

  • David Baillie Architect

    Rising energy costs and the sustainability of our planet are issues which are very closely linked and affect everyone, everywhere. Together these two issues have prompted governments, large and small businesses, and individual home owners to become more conscious of the environment we all share and the energy we all waste needlessly. With this thought in mind, our goal at David Baillie Architect is to seamlessly combine innovative design with outstanding energy efficiency to enhance lifestyle, save money and help protect our environment.

    Fully booked for Lane Cove 2019

  • 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. 


  • Gareth Huxham – Energy Smart Strata

    Energy Smart Strata work with executive committees and building managers to reduce common area energy usage and costs.  Gareth Huxham has been conducting energy audits and managing upgrades with strata complexes for over 10 years. 

    Gareth can help you understand the energy efficiency issues and opportunities for your building: lighting, ventilation, air conditioning, pumps, pool, lifts, and solar. And investigate issues related to the allocation of energy usage and costs in strata. For example whether common area meters are supplying non-common area or shared services.

    Gareth also conducts water audits, is a NABERS assessor for apartment buildings, and specializes in the energy market. Bring in a copy of your recent energy bill and he’ll make sure you’re not paying too much.

  • Green Strata

    Green Strata is a not-for-profit association that focuses solely on helping owners and residents in strata-titled complexes improve the sustainability of their common property and their homes. In 2014 Green Strata’s work was recognised through a Green Globe Award from the NSW Government. Christine Byrne is its President and co-founder.

    Chris can guide you on the short and medium-term wins to reduce energy consumption on common property; water consumption for buildings that only have a single water meter; and how to get approval for sustainability actions in your strata scheme. She can also help you explore innovative ways to further segregate and recycle waste in apartment buildings.

    Fully booked for Willoughby 2017

  • 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.

  • Matt – Matt Elkan Architect

    Matt Elkan specialises in small to medium sized residential projects.

    Sustainability is core to every project and this is expressed in siting and orientation, minimisation of site coverage, the form and scale of buildings, material selection, re-use and recycling wherever possible, and reduction in the reliance on active services. It is also expressed in creating joyful beautiful buildings.

    Building beautiful spaces is one of the best ways to improve sustainability by providing the motivation to preserve good buildings into the future.

  • Matt Day – Day Bukh Architects

    Matt and Day Bukh Architects are deeply interested in designing ecological and sustainable buildings for the Australian context. Their ecological concerns extend beyond reducing energy use to include social sustainability. This involves designing buildings that last by using environmentally friendly materials that withstand the harsh Australian environment, and that can be adapted for re-use and longevity.

  • rena czaplinska-archer architect

    Rena Architects is a small Sydney based architectural practice specialising in residential and commercial design.
    We are passionate about sustainable, green and energy efficient design, heritage architecture and designing in harmony with the environment.


    James is an accomplished specialist in sustainable architecture and the thermal performance of buildings. With 20 years experience in the residential design sector, he is an ardent practitioner of sustainable design principles and maintains a core philosophy of minimising the impacts of buildings on the natural environment.

    From a background in landscape design, James furthered his education with a master of design science leading to the progression of his signature works – which equally respect and exploit the relationships between the built form and the external environment. As director of his Neutral Bay based practice, Sanctum Design, James has received over 50 Design Awards and continues to promote climate conscious design through a broad portfolio of contemporary works and industry media.

    Fully booked for Willoughby 2017

  • Solar Pro

    We are a well-established family business that operates from the Northern Beaches of Sydney. We have been installing all types of solar technologies including, solar hot water, solar pool heating and pool heat pumps, solar home batteries and of course photovoltaic panels since 2009.

    Solarpro is one of the oldest and most trusted solar companies on the Northern side of Sydney. We have installed over 4,000 solar systems on homes and businesses.

    Solarpro has been accepted by the Clean Energy Council as an “Approved Solar Retailer”. This means we work to and comply with the Clean Energy Councils strict code of conduct. We are so confident of the quality of our installations we offer a ten-year full system solar warranty. The details can be found as an attachment with this proposal or on our website.

    Fully booked for Lane Cove 2019

  • 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

  • Willoughby City Council – Building Surveyor/Certifier

    Bruce Gaal a qualified Building Surveyor/Certifier with forty years experience in local government and private practice.

    Employed for more than 18 years at Willoughby City Council as a Building Surveyor and more recently as a Team Leader (Certification).

    More recent experience includes management/Team Leader role, assessment of Complying Development Certificates, Construction Certificates, Occupation Certificates and Building Certificates for all Classes of buildings.