Nillumbik Expert Eco Chats 2021
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When: 2-4pm, Saturday, 18 September 2021
Where: On Zoom
Format: You will be booked into 2-3 20-minute private sessions with experts of your choice
Are you renovating or building and looking for environmentally friendly options? Thinking about solar power, batteries or a hot water heat pump? Looking for more comfort or lowering your energy bills? Redesigning your garden, installing water tanks or purchasing an electric vehicle?
Get free, one-on-one advice and tips from Melbourne's leading sustainability experts at Nillumbik Expert Eco Chats 2021.
How to register:
1. Decide the top 2-3 questions that you would like to ask an expert
2. Scroll down to read the biographies and expertise of the experts
3. Choose the top 3-4 experts you would most like to meet
4. Click REGISTER HERE to fill out the form and secure your spot
Elizabeth Wheeler - Future Focused Buildings
Elizabeth is fully booked for this event
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. futurefocusedbuildings.com
Craig Byatt - Craig Byatt Architecture
Craig is fully booked for this event
Based in Nillumbik Shire, Craig specialises in designing environmentally sensitive and energy efficient homes. He is passionate about working with permaculture principles and natural and reclaimed building materials.
With 22 years architectural experience on over 200 projects around Australia, Craig has developed transparent and practical methods to help clients manage budgets, navigate planning requirements and find trusted builders and tradespeople.
Having also designed and built his own off-grid family home, Craig knows how important the right advice, information and local connections are in creating a home you love. craigbyatt.com.au
Chris Johnson - EcoMad
Chris is fully booked for this event
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. ecomad.com.au
Ratko Mrkogaca - 3ARK
Ratko is fully booked for this event
Ratko Mrkogaca became interested in improving the often overlooked aspects of improving the comfort and energy efficiency – especially the “airtightness” of buildings after years of seeing many poor construction practices and habits by occupants that resulted in uncomfortable homes and inefficient buildings.
Now with 3ARK, Ratko works assessing building performance and advising designers, builders and occupants on quantifying and identifying improvements to airtightness – a fundamental means to improving the performance of buildings. Ratko can advise you about ways to improve the energy efficiency and thermal comfort of your home. 3ark.com.au
Mick Harris - EnviroGroup
Mick is fully booked for this event
Mick Harris is the founder of EnviroGroup and is a pioneer of the renewable energy industry with more than 40 years’ experience in the design, construction and installation of renewable energy systems. He has extensive knowledge of solar power and battery systems, solar hot water, lighting and energy efficiency systems and is a trained PV systems designer and commercial energy auditor. envirogroup.com.au
John Hassall - Greenly Landscapes
John is fully booked for this event
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. greenly.net.au
Marie Carrel - Planet Architecture
Marie is fully booked for this event
Marie is the Director of Planet Architecture, member of the Building Designers Association of Victoria and is also a registered building professional.
Marie pays special attention to integrating environmentally sustainable design with high functionality and stylish aesthetics in her work and has thorough knowledge of the environmental value of building materials.
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. planetarchitecture.com.au
Mark Van Haandel - MVH Constructions
Mark is fully booked for this event
MVH Constructions is a certified Passive House building company local to Nillumbik Shire. Founder Mark van Haandel is passionate about building homes that not only look fantastic but also perform equally as well. Mark believes the Passive House standard of building is a solution that provides not only a home that is energy efficient, but also a home that is a healthy environment for its occupants. From air quality, through to low emissions and sustainability, they are all key benefits that a Passive House is able to provide, and the logical way to build.
Belinda Wylie - Australian Energy Foundation
Belinda is fully booked for this event
Belinda is an Energy Advisor with Australian Energy Foundation. She is a recent Master of Environment graduate and in 2020 delivered a research project investigating the psychological benefits of green infrastructure in cities. Belinda’s professional background includes food waste composting in commercial and domestic environments, and the theatre.
Australian Energy Foundation (AEF) is a for-purpose organisation that demonstrates the pathways to an equitable, zero carbon society. As Nillumbik Shire Council’s energy advice partner, AEF supports the community to be more energy efficient and to transition to renewable energy. Belinda can answer your questions about solar and batteries, draught-proofing, insulation, heating and cooling, efficient hot water, windows and lighting.
Lucinda Flynn - Going Green Solutions
Lucinda is fully booked for this event
Lucinda is an accredited Residential Efficiency Scorecard Assessor. She loves to help people understand how their homes use energy, and can advise on a range of upgrades you can make to your building shell and major appliances, to reduce your energy use and be more comfortable. This includes insulation (ceiling, wall, underfloor), windows (double glazing, secondary glazing, cheap glazing improvements, frames, coverings and shading), draught proofing, the most energy efficient ways to heat and cool your home and efficient hot water options. www.goinggreensolutions.com.au/scorecard-energy-efficiency-assessing-services
Bryce Gaton - EV Choice
Bryce is fully booked for this event
Bryce Gaton is an expert on electric vehicles and contributor for The Driven, Renew Economy and Renew Magazine. He has been working in the EV sector since 2008 and is currently working as EV electrical safety trainer/supervisor for the University of Melbourne. He also provides support for the EV transition to business, government and the public through his EV Transition consultancy EVchoice. evchoice.com.au
Romney Bishop - Clean Energy Nillumbik
Romney is fully booked for this event
Romney has been working in the sustainability field for the past 12 years and prior to that in business finance and administration for 25 years. She has worked as a qualified home sustainability and energy assessor and is currently a project manager. Romney has a passion for good design and is a specialist in finding solutions for unusual building and garden issues, including energy, water and healthy gardens that enable more comfortable and sustainable homes.
Rob Catchlove - Wave Consulting
Rob is fully booked for this event
Wave Consulting is an innovative consultancy focused on tackling climate change through smarter water and energy systems. Their unique approach is directed toward creating sustainable, liveable cities. Rob Catchlove, Director of Wave Consulting, is an environmental scientist with 18 years’ experience in the water sector. His unique skill set includes science, engineering, social science and community engagement.
Rob is able to advise about water efficiency, rainwater tanks, greywater systems, stormwater, green roofs; ESD assessments, solar and batteries, community solar and microgrids, and all electric homes. waveconsulting.com.au
Simone Schenkel - Gruen Eco Design
Simone is fully booked for this event
Gruen Eco Design is 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 is 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. gruenecodesign.com.au
Tony Devlin - Australian Building and Maintennance
Tony is fully booked for this event
Tony is a registered electrical contractor and A-Grade electrician, solar accredited design and installation for both grid-connected and stand-alone systems. He has a Cert IV in Renewable Energy and Building Construction, is a GreenSmart Registered Builder, a licensed plumber, and educated in thermal performance assessments.
Tony is able to advice about solar and batteries, efficient hot water and heating/cooling, energy saving, draught proofing and green building. abm.com.au