City of Adelaide – 24th July

City of Adelaide is proud to offer local residents the chance to meet with some of Australia’s leading sustainability experts.

When: July 24th, 2021, 1pm-3pm (Adelaide Time)
Where: Online (Zoom link provided upon booking)
Sponsored by: City of Adelaide
Facilitated by: Renew
Bookings available to: Adelaide residents
Cost: Free
Event Information: You may book 2 Speed Dates, each will last 20 minutes. If you book more than 2 Speed Dates, we will have to adjust your booking and you may lose your preference. Please be prepared with 2 or 3 key questions.
How to book: Review participating experts below, and make your booking at the bottom of this page.

Darren Vonthethoff : ZEN Energy

Darren Vonthethoff

ZEN Energy

Expert Areas: Renewable Energy / Demand Management

Darren is a Sales Manager at ZEN Energy, a proud South Australian renewable energy retailer committed to leading communities into the zero carbon world. Darren takes great satisfaction in his contribution to the Renewable Energy Industry, and is a firm believer in our collective stance towards a greener planet not only for us today, but more importantly for our future generations.

Outside of work commitments, Darren is a busy father of three boys who enjoys time with his family, playing golf and social tennis. Weekends are heavily dominated by family sporting commitments and time with friends and family.

Jason Abbott : Australian Window Solutions

Jason Abbott

Australian Window Solutions

Expert Areas: Double Glazing / High Performance Glazing / Australian Manufacturing

Jason Abbott is the Business Development Executive of Australian Window Solutions. Australian Window Solutions is South Australia’s largest specialist and manufacturer of  ultra-energy efficient and noise reducing UPVC double and triple glazed windows and doors. 

Alongside his role at AWS, Jason partners with eco minded builders on new home builds in South Australia to improve the comfortability, energy efficiency and acoustic comfort to benefit the homeowner.

Pippa Buckberry : Anaglypta Architecture

Pippa Buckberry

Anaglypta Architecture

Expert Areas: Heritage, conservation, renovation, sustainability

Anaglypta Architecture is an architectural design firm based in the Adelaide Hills, established by Pippa and Craig Buckberry.

Pippa has followed a passion for cultural & environmental sustainability throughout her career and has particular expertise in heritage conservation and adaptive reuse. She has been providing Heritage Advice to a range of metropolitan and regional Council's for over 15 years.

Pippa is a lateral thinker and will make you feel welcome and comfortable as you navigate the complex and demanding issues associated with design and construction.

Jackson Digney : Enduro Builders

Jackson Digney

Enduro Builders

Expert areas: Building & Construction / Passive House / Wufi Professional

Jackson is a Passive House certified consultant and tradesperson who has a passion for making an impact on building standards and challenging the status quo.

Motivated to make energy efficient building methods mainstream, Jackson has had success with creating a no fuss and no stress experience for clients whilst offering the most current technological advantages.

Whilst striving to be the best builder he can be, Jackson has educated himself on worlds best practices, and strives to bring these standards to the South Australian building industry.

Luke Morton : IO Energy

Luke Morton

IO Energy

Expert Areas: Smart Energy / Demand Management / Renewable Energy

Luke is a co-founder of IO Energy, an Adelaide-based clean energy tech startup on a mission to maximise the use of affordable renewable energy, to accelerate our transition to a zero carbon future.

IO Energy's customers pay less for cleaner electricity, by becoming smarter energy users. IO Energy facilitates that by unlocking 'solar without solar,' and using data analytics, expert advice, and energy automation to help customers use more renewable energy and fewer fossil-fuelled alternatives.

Lachlan McEwen : Harmonic Design

Lachlan McEwen

Harmonic Design

Expert Areas: Architectural Design / Modular & Prefab Design / High Performance Homes / Project Management

Lachlan is the Director of Harmonic Design and a registered Registered Building Practitioner (Victoria). His professional experience includes working across many small to medium scale architecture firms, working on a broad range of project typologies including Commercial Residential, Industrial, Civic and Health.

At Harmonic Design, Lachlan delivers buildings which aspire foremost to be sculptural and functional and considers deeply the choices of materials & methods, volume & proportion, colours, outlook, ergonomics and comfort that will ultimately be realised within any project.

The key value which Lachlan embeds within his design approach is that Ecologically Sustainable Design cannot be divorced from great architecture and is determined to ensure that when crafted, our buildings, landscapes & even villages will be intrinsically sustainable, wearing their presence gracefully into the future.

Geraldine Petit : SUHO

Geraldine Petit


Expert Areas: Passive Design / Energy Efficiency / Air Tightness / Healthy Materials

Studying with environmental passion under the supervision of multiple renowned architects in Paris and in Lausanne (Switzerland), Geraldine obtained a Master of Art in Architecture in 2007. She is ensuring that she becomes a strong, independent role model to her daughter while directing her career to lead projects towards greater sustainability. She is using technical knowledge to promote cleaner and healthier construction processes, passive energy use and working to create an encompassing shelter for humans to live in harmony with the environment.

Robert Sporne : Tindo Solar

Robert Sporne

Tindo Solar

Expert Areas: Solar Power / Renewable Energy / Manufacturing

Robert is the General Manager of Tindo Solar - Australia's only solar panel manufacturer. Robert started in sales at Tindo many years ago and since then has moved into senior management and is an integral part of the team.

Jonathen Hindry : Adelaide Heat Pumps

Jonathen Hindry

Adelaide Heat Pumps

Expert Areas: Electric Heat Pumps / Geo Exchange Heating and Cooling Systems / Plumbing / Heat Recovery Ventilation

Jonathen is the Director of Adelaide Heat Pumps, a proudly South Australian and family owned company. He promotes and delivers high quality and efficient heat pump solutions for space conditioning, hot water and pool heating, in commercial and residential settings. 

He has a passion for renewable technologies and over 21 years of experience in the construction industry as a plumber and gas fitter. Adelaide Heat Pumps was started in 2017 when Jonathen made the stand to exclusively offer and provide only efficient, electrically driven solutions.

Andreas Weiler : Ametalin

Andreas Weiler


Expert Areas: Insulation / Building Wraps / High Performance Building Materials

Andreas is the State Manger for Reflex Insulation, a company that brings SA manufacturers ‘Ametalin’ insulation products to the market. With many years of residential and commercial building industry experience, Andreas is well placed to discuss a wide variety of performance insulation products for any home or commercial building application

Steve Dedrick : Endemic Environments

Steve Dedrick

Endemic Environments

Expert Areas: Landscape Design / Native Ecology / Nature Play / Water Sensitive Urban Design

Steve comes from a background of natural resource management and garden landscaping. He established Endemic Environments vision to create, establish and maintain Adelaide’s surrounding native bush land and habitats.

Him and his team at Endemic Environments create environmental awareness through garden aesthetics and construction, which enriches the outdoor living space plus have a positive impact on local wildlife by providing appropriate habitats within the Metro suburbs.Their landscape construction strives towards producing sustainable water saving gardens that are habitat havens of relaxation, rest, play and entertainment.

Michael Villis : Mirage Homes

Michael Villis

Mirage Homes

Expert Areas: Building & Construction / Passive Design / High Performance Building Materials

Michael is the Director of Mirage Homes and has an extensive and long history in the South Australian residential development and construction sectors. Under his leadership, Mirage Homes has a established a complete approach to energy-efficient house design and sustainable architecture, creating beautiful, bespoke homes that deliver positively to the life of the occupants, and the wider community. Mirage Homes are created to provide comfortable, high-performance and environmentally conscious homes and to suit site, budget and desires.

Sally Knight : AEVA

Sally Knight


Expert Areas: Electric Vehicles (EVs) / EV Charging

Sally Knight is the current chair of the SA/NT Branch of the Australian Electric Vehicle Association (AEVA). Along with a technical background, Sally has life-long interest in sustainable living, permaculture and particularly in reducing transport emissions.

Having purchased her first electric vehicle in 2013, she has lots of practical experience to share about EV's, both for daily driving and long distance EV adventures! She can answer questions on the current available models, purchasing electric cars and installing fast charging equipment on private property. The association represents all EV users and enthusiasts, and are more than happy to offer jargon-free advice.

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