Green Rebuild Toolkit – July 29th

As part of Renew’s Green Rebuild Toolkit, this event provides the opportunity for people rebuilding after fire to meet with some of Australia’s leading builders, designers and bushfire rebuild experts.

When: July 29th, 2021, 4:00pm-6:00pm (AEST)
Where: Online (Zoom link provided upon booking)
Facilitated by: Renew
Bookings available to: People who are rebuilding their homes after bushfire
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: Bookings for this event have now closed.

Bookings for this event have now closed. If you have registered, you will receive the Zoom link via email.

You can read about the participating experts below.


Participating Experts

Gareth Almond : Greywater & Wastewater Industry Group

Gareth Almond

Greywater & Wastewater Industry Group

Gareth Almond has designed and installed water-saving systems in the Perth area for over 10 years. His business specialises in meticulous installations of all sizes of rainwater tank from the very small on a patio up to very large for rural properties. He particularly enjoys the more challenging work. Gareth also installs and services the AWWS range of greywater systems across the metro area for garden irrigation using household wastewater. He has developed his own suite of modelling software to help determine the most efficient water saving options and designs systems to maximise cost-benefit, which would typically include the pumped supply of rainwater back into the home. Gareth has an Honours degree in Surveying Science and spent the first part of his career doing fieldwork around the world and then as a researcher and technical manager before returning to site work in the water recycling business. He is also heavily involved in volunteer work for various organisations.

Experience in BAL zones: Yes

Glen Morris : Smart Energy Council

Glen Morris

Smart Energy Council

Glen Morris through his business SolarQuip, has been installing renewable energy systems both on and off-grid for over 25 years. Glen consults for the Smart Energy Council, is their representative on Standards Australia EL-042 Committee (renewable energy standards), has taught renewable energy courses at various technical institutes throughout Australia, was a board member and Vice President of the Australian Solar Council, and has been a renewable energy system auditor for both the Clean Energy Council and the New Zealand Government. Glen has lived off-grid for much of the past 30 years.

Graham Hunt : Delisle Hunt Wood

Graham Hunt

Delisle Hunt Wood

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

Experience in BAL zones: We have completed 5 projects in a range of BAL zones from Flame Zone to BAL 12.5. We have two more projects with BAL ratings underway.

Griff Morris : Solar Dwellings

Griff Morris

Solar Dwellings

Griff Morris built his first passive solar home in Victoria in the mid-seventies. On his arrival to Perth in 1985, there was little interest in the passive solar market, so Griff started a building and maintenance company. In 1991, Griff made a commitment to focus on passive solar, energy-efficient design and to make it accessible to everyone. In 1992 he designed and built his first passive solar house for a client. The house was recognised in the Choice book “Warm House, Cool House” as one of the best passive solar homes in Australia.Solar Dwellings has gone on to design and build over 800 homes in conjunction with selected builders, developing a relationship to continue the ethos of making passive solar design accessible to a large general public. Griff sits on the HIA environmental planning committee, helped to develop the HIA GreenSmart professional program in WA , and was the main trainer for over 18 years. Griff has continued to work tirelessly to change awareness and to bring his knowledge of passive solar design principles to industry and the general public.

Experience in BAL zones: Griff has designed homes in all BAL zones in WA

Haylea Edwards : Efficient Living

Haylea Edwards

Efficient Living

Efficient Living has one of the largest teams of sustainability consultants specialising in NatHERS, BASIX, BESS, SECTION J, JV3 & onsite compliance. With over 20 years of experience and leading industry experts, we ensure each project achieves the highest thermal performance and occupancy comfort with cost-effective building solutions. As Efficient Living’s Residential Consulting Manager, Haylea is responsible for managing Efficient Livings high quality NatHERS and BASIX assessments. She is dedicated to ensuring the delivery of exceptional results to meet our clients’ deadlines and objectives. She takes a holistic sensible approach to finding sustainable solutions that achieve a better build outcome. Working collaboratively with consultants and clients she will deliver exceptional customer service, in-depth knowledge and practical solutions that respect our clients’ objectives and reflect positivity on them. With over 9 years’ experience she has an expert understanding of NatHERS thermal simulation software tools, industry protocols, construction knowledge, product knowledge and cost and a strong understanding of building science and specialise in thermal comfort modelling.

Experience in BAL zones: Yes, in relation to sustainability and NatHERS and BASIX requirements

Nigel Bell : ECOdesign Architects

Nigel Bell

ECOdesign Architects

Nigel Bell is principle of ECOdesign Architects, working from the bushfire-prone Blue Mountains NSW. He has been involved in the last 20 years in bushfire education, writing and presentations, with over 30 years as a leading architectural practitioner in balancing sustainability and bushfire requirements. His bushfire projects have recently featured in Sanctuary issue 51 and 53. Nigel facilitated community bushfire recovery through 2009 following the Victorian bushfires, 2013 in the lower Blue Mountains, plus extensively through the wider fire grounds in 2020. He has represented the Australian Institute of Architects on the three Australian ‘bushfire’ Standards and as an expert witness to the 2020 Royal Commission.

Experience in BAL zones: Yes

Tom McKenzie : RACV solar

Tom McKenzie

RACV solar

Tom is an enthusiastic and experienced solar and energy storage consultant, with expertise in hot water and heating/cooling solutions.

Davina & Trev Snyders : Green Draft Pty Ltd

Davina & Trev Snyders

Green Draft Pty Ltd

Home+body+earth synergy has always been important to the designer, builder team of Green Draft. Since the bushfires of 2019/2020 it is more important than ever to concentrate on making sure your sustainable, healthy home is also resilient and is built for the climate and ever changing conditions, giving you peace of mind when nature takes over. With over 25 years each of knowledge and experience in property, design and construction, Trev and Davina are here to help people face the challenge of how

Experience in BAL zones: Yes, BAL FZ design and construction knowledge

Ella Wood : delislehuntwood architects

Ella Wood

delislehuntwood architects

Ella is a designer with a Masters in Architecture and over 10 years industry experience. Ella approaches her work with the personal experience of living in fire affected areas, having built a home on the edge of the bush in the blue mountains 2007 and living through two intense fire seasons there. Since moving to Sydney, Ella has continued to work on projects in both rural and other fire affected areas, including Braidwood and Narara (central coast). Her staple work is in renovations and new builds, which focus on sustainability through passive solar design, natural ventilation, high building standards and permaculture principles.

Paul Dolphin : PdD Building Design

Paul Dolphin

PdD Building Design

Paul Dolphin is an Accredited Building Designer, the owner of PdD Building Design and has specialised in sustainable and resilient design for over 20 years. He has built an award-winning solar passive home and office in Malua Bay on the NSW South Coast. In the immense bushfires of 2019/2020, he had to evacuate his family numerous times and the fires burnt up to his front door. His house survived because of equal parts good design, good landscaping and good luck- the southerly wind hit just as the fire reached the front door. PdD Building Design specialises in creating liveable, low-energy homes. We focus on residential and commercial designs to suit your lifestyle and design needs. Our particular interest is sustainable housing design for tight budgets on the NSW South Coast.

Experience in BAL zones: Yes, and personal experience with bushfire

Lucy Williams : Lucy Williams Architect

Lucy Williams

Lucy Williams Architect

Lucy runs a small architectural practice in Eltham, Victoria. She specialises in small scale residential architecture and in every project, no matter how small the footprint and budget, aims to deliver spatial outcomes that are rich with natural light and ventilation, highly functional and provide everyday delight to the occupants. Her current projects are based around the leafy suburbs of outer eastern Melbourne and then regionally up in Castlemaine and Neerim. She has had a range of experience working on sites affected by varying levels of bushfire overlays from low 12.5 to extreme flame zone areas.

Alan Pears : RMIT, Mebourne Uni, A2EP, Renew

Alan Pears

RMIT, Mebourne Uni, A2EP, Renew

Alan is a highly regarded analyst, consultant and commentator on sustainable energy and climate policy, and has written or peer reviewed many articles in specialist media such as The Conversation, Energy Policy and Renew magazine, as well as other academic journals, chapters of books and major reports.

Alan was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2009 for his contribution to environmental and energy policy. He has also received a number of awards from industry associations and RMIT media awards.

Antony DiMase : DiMase Architects

Antony DiMase

DiMase Architects

DIMASE ARCHITECTS’ Antony DiMase advocates sustainability, public urban space, better education and supporting local community. He believes that good design can make a difference in people’s lives and contribute to a better environment. For many years he and his team have provided architectural services to residential, education and commercial clients. Antony regularly attends PD courses and is active on various social media platforms. He is one of five founding members of Australian Architects Declare and is secretary of Citizens for Melbourne. In his spare time Antony runs and is a regular participant in the Great Victorian Bike Ride. He is also coach of his son's junior football team.

Dick Clark : Envirotecture

Dick Clark


Dick Clarke is principal of Envirotecture and is an Accredited Building Designer, with 40 years experience, focusing exclusively on ecologically sustainable and culturally appropriate buildings, and has received many Design Awards. He is Director of Sustainability, and Past President of the NSW Chapter of BDAA. He is also a Past President and Board Member of the Association of Building Sustainability Assessors (ABSA). He has designed hundreds of projects with sustainability as a major focus, considering an ever-changing understanding of what sustainability is, covering a wide variety of projects. Dick has contributed to the Your Home series, and edited How to Rethink Building Materials.

Experience in BAL zones: Yes

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