Expert sustainability speakers discuss solar and design this weekend

Come see ATA’s expert speakers at the Sustainable Space this weekend, as part of the HIA Melbourne Home Show.

Sanctuary has 20 tickets to the event to giveaway. Tickets need to be collected at the ATA office (level 1, 39 Little Collins St, Melbourne) on Friday between 10am and 4pm. Email to reserve your free ticket.

Andrew Reddaway, Solar at Home: what to look at when buying solar PV

Thursday at 11am

Andrew Reddaway is a solar expert at the ATA with experience in advising households about how to select the optimal system for their needs or optimising their current system performance. Andrew designed and developed the ATA’s Sunulator program and has hand-on experience designing and installing small off-grid solar solutions.

Andy Marlow, Great Design: Visions in Reality

Friday and Saturday at 11am

Great design makes people happier but what it is and how do I get it?

The talk will demonstrate how to ensure you achieve what you want through a clear understanding of the design process, the steps involved and the principles that underpin great design. Understand the trade offs you are likely to face and the implications of the choices you make, both the long and short term, and how design can improve all situations.

Andy is Associate Director at Envirotecture, a Sydney based design practice focusing exclusively on ecologically sustainable and culturally appropriate buildings. He is an experienced designer having worked on residential and commercial projects of all shapes and sizes and is highly motivated and passionate about the potential of design to improve the quality of people’s lives.

Richard Keech, Solar at Home: What to look at when buying solar PV

5pm Friday

Richard is an experienced engineer who works as an energy consultant and has industry experience with renewable energy and energy efficiency. He was a lead author of BZE’s Buildings Plan and is a regular contributor to ATA’s ReNew magazine on matters related to sustainable building technology. Richard lives in Melbourne with his family in their zero-carbon home.

John Knox, Making your home more energy efficient to save you money

Sunday 11am

John joined ATA as a Technical Specialist in 2008. He has presented talks to many audiences and offers advice to members on energy efficiency and technology for a sustainable future. Passionate about sustainability, in 2010 he rode around Australia on his bicycle educating people about home energy efficiency and climate change.

View the full Sustainable Space program at the HIA Homeshow website.

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