Architects, building designers and sustainability experts will gather in Melbourne over the coming weeks for another installment of the Speed Date a Sustainability Expert initiative.

Featuring experts on energy efficiency, solar power, lighting, sustainable gardens and renovations, Speed Date a Sustainability Expert will be held at the Melbourne's Footscray Town Hall on Saturday 25 July and Altona Meadows Library on 4 August . Leading green home architects, designers and sustainability experts will provide free advice to the public during 20-minute ‘dates’.

Speed Date a Sustainability Expert is part of the Lighting the West project, which will see thousands of residential streetlights upgraded to more energy-efficient technology. This project has received Australian Government funding.

ATA chief executive Donna Luckman said Speed Date a Sustainability Expert would be an informative and fun event for participants, who are also encouraged to bring plans on their laptop, tablet or in hard copy.

Event details

When: Tuesday, August 4, 6pm-8pm

Where: Altona Meadows Library, Central Square Shopping Centre, 2 Newham Way Altona Meadows

Cost: Free! Bookings are essential


The Sustainability Experts

ATA – John Knox

Joining ATA as a Technical Specialist in 2008, John has presented talks to many audiences and offers advice to members on energy efficiency and technology for a sustainable future. As a lighting expert, John believes sustainable choices could save people money and make their homes more liveable.

ATA – Richard Keech

Richard Keech is an experienced engineer who works as an energy consultant and has industry experience in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

F2 Design

F2 Design Principal Tim Adams is a building designer and sustainable design expert specialising in high performance houses that aim to combine environmental sensitivity with admirable architecture.

GLOW Design Group

GLOW Design Group specialises in energy-efficient homes that are functional and beautiful. Lead designer Tim Ellis is a registered designer with the BDAV and a BDAV-accredited thermal performance assessor.

Habitech Systems

Habitech’s design manager, Vivian Faithfull, is a UK trained graduate architect with 18 years of experience in London, UK, Dalmacija, Croatia, Indonesia, Western Australia, South Africa and Canada. An Australian modular design and building system, Habitech creates modern, super strong and highly insulated homes with full design flexibility.

Positive Footprints

Positive Footprints designs and builds homes that have minimal impact on the planet. The company provides advice on sustainable materials and leading-edge technology and specialises in major renovations, new builds and thermal performance.

Small Spaces

Small Spaces, led by Kathy Smalley has been designing gardens since 1997. Kathy studied horticulture at both NMIT and Burnley College and teaches designing gardens for small spaces at CAE in Melbourne.

Sustain + Able Consulting

As designers and sustainability consultants, Sustain + Able Consulting helps their clients build smaller, healthier, more efficient, more comfortable and more affordable homes.

Sustainable Homes Melbourne

Sustainable Homes Melbourne is a one stop shop for sustainable residential construction offering design, construction, consultation and more. Managing director Simon Clark has completed the Diploma for Green Deal Home Energy Assessment in the United Kingdom, is a recognised GreenSmart Professional and has recently been appointed to the Committee of the Australian Passive House Association.