Lucy Allinson

Masters Candidate
Swinburne University

Lucy discovered her passion for sustainability in 2007, as co-founder of the Bayside Climate Change Action Group, where she initiated a range of community programs and worked with the community to deliver them. This included the Residential Energy Assessment Program (REAP) where local residents were trained in home assessments and provided them free for the local community.

Navid Asadzadeh Aghdaei

PhD candidate

Navid is a PhD candidate at sustainable building research center university of Wollongong.

He has a background in bachelor of Architectural engineering and master of engineering.

His main interest is retrofitting existing residential building to improve energy consumption and thermal comfort.

Nina Bailey

Senior Project Officer: Home Energy Action Program
NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

Nina has more than a decade’s experience managing innovative community engagement sustainability programs. She has worked around Australia, with the Australian Conservation Foundation (GreenHome Program, winner of the 2007 Banksia Award for Education) and Environment Victoria (Multicultural Leaders in Sustainability, North Melbourne Recycle Now and GreenTown which won the 2010 national Eureka Prize for Advancement of Climate Change Knowledge).

Rowan Bedggood

Senior Lecturer, Marketing
Swinburne Business School

Rowan has extensive experience in the Marketing discipline with over 18 years teaching in universities. In 2010, she won the Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, and also the Vice Chancellors Teaching Excellence award. Her areas of teaching experience include Marketing Principles, Consumer Behaviour, Marketing Research, Competitive Advantage, Services Marketing and Social Marketing.

Jo Brown

Manager Health and Wellbeing

Jo Brown works as Manager Health and Wellbeing with Southern Grampians Glenelg Primary Care Partnership (SGGPCP) in Hamilton in South West Victoria. As part of her work with SGGPCP, Jo has a focus on health equity and improving health and wellbeing, particularly for those who experience disadvantage. Having worked in community development, emergency services, tertiary education and the disability sector over a number of years Jo Brown brings her breadth of experience to the energy efficiency discussions.

Petra Buergelt

Social Scientist
Charles Darwin University

Petra Buergelt, PhD, is a social scientist at Charles Darwin University. She is also the Deputy Chair for the Group of Energy Efficiency Researchers (GEER) Australia, a research fellow at the Joint Centre for Disaster Research (Massey University, NZ) and an international associate at the Centre for Applied Cross-Cultural Research (Victoria University, NZ).

Marty Burgess

Faculty Director for Trades and Technology
TAFE NSW Illawarra Institute

Marty Burgess is the Faculty Director for Trades and Technology in TAFE NSW Illawarra Institute. With a full-time staff of 110 and part time exceeding 260, Marty leads a vibrant faculty delivering training in Building, Engineering, Electrotechnology, Transport, Primary and Environmental industries.

Chantel Carr

Associate Research Fellow and PhD Candidate,
Geography and Sustainable Communities, UOW

Chantel Carr is an Associate Research Fellow and PhD Candidate in the School of Geography and Sustainable Communities, University of Wollongong. She is currently working on an ARC project that looks at the governance of energy transitions in commercial office space.

Mary Casey

McLachlan Lister/Hill International

Mary Casey is a Director at McLachlan Lister/Hill International, a project management and management consulting company.

Mary is also a Founding Director and past Chair of the Board of the Living Future Institute of Australia. A chapter of the international institute, whose mission is to work toward a future which is socially-just, culturally rich, and ecologically restorative.

Stephen Choi

UK-qualified Project Architect and Australian-qualified Project Manager

Stephen Choi is a UK-qualified Project Architect and Australian-qualified Project Manager. He has led sustainable design teams at small and large practices before co-founding not-for-profit environmental building consultancy, Architecture for Change, and becoming the Living Future Institute of Australia’s first Executive Director. Stephen is also an Honorary Fellow of the SBRC.

Professor Paul Cooper

Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC), University of Wollongong

Professor Paul Cooper is the founding Director of the University of Wollongong’s Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC). The SBRC Building itself is a net-zero energy living laboratory, which has won a 6 Star Green Star sustainability rating (the highest available) and is on track to be the first building in Australia to win full Living Building Challenge accreditation.

Dr Daniel Daly

Research Fellow
Sustainable Building Research Centre, University of Wollongong

Dr Daniel Daly is a Research Fellow at the Sustainable Building Research Centre (SBRC) at the University of Wollongong. He has experience in the assessment of the energy performance and optimal upgrade strategies for educational, commercial and residential buildings. His PhD research explored the best methods to improve the energy efficiency of lower quality office buildings, using extensive building energy simulation, qualitative analysis, and case study investigations.

Tom Davies

Founding Director and Chairman
Edge Environment

Tom is a founding Director and Chairman of Edge Environment. Tom came to Edge Environment from BRANZ where he developed the Sustainable Built Environment Team in Australia and previously from the Timber Industry where he developed and ran the Sustainability Strategy for the Australian Timber Industry and represented timber issues in standards and building code issues includes the development of AccuRate.

Professor Richard de Dear

Architectural and building science, University of Sydney

Over the last 35 years, Professor Richard de Dear has focused his research career on defining what occupants want and need from their built environments, and assessing the performance of buildings in terms of meeting those requirements. He is currently the most highly cited living researcher in the domain of thermal comfort, with over 250 peer-reviewed papers plus several monographs

Rupert Doney

PhD Candidate
University of Newcastle

Rupert Doney is a PhD candidate at the University of Newcastle. He has a background in human geography and development studies, focusing on housing policy and provision. He has a continued interest in the relationship between systems of housing provision, technologies and energy use. Rupert’s current research investigates the provision and use of residential retrofit, and is informed from the everyday experiences and practices of housing retrofit professionals and householders.

Christine Eon

Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute

Christine Eon is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute. Her research topic includes house sustainability, energy and water efficiency and the effects of occupant practice and behaviour on building performance. Christine’s background is in Environmental Engineering and she also has a MSc in Management and Energy.

Robert Foster

Robert Foster is an Associate with Energy Efficient Strategies P/L a Victorian based consulting firm.

Robert has been working nationally and internationally in the field of energy policy for the past 20 years and before that was a registered practicing Architect in the state of Victoria.

Amir Girgis

Sustainability Manager, Northrop

Amir is a Sustainability consultant with over ten years’ experience. He leads Northrop’s Sustainability division, which specifically focuses on developing sustainability solutions that maximise return on investment and achieves sustainability targets throughout the life of the building.

Lloyd Harrington

Energy Efficient Strategies

Lloyd Harrington is a director of Energy Efficient Strategies, a consultancy based near Melbourne, Australia. He has 35 years experience in energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. He has been involved in the Australian energy labelling program and energy efficiency standards for appliances since 1989.

Dr Emma Heffernan

Research Fellow, SBRC

Dr Emma Heffernan is a Research Fellow at the University of Wollongong’s Sustainable Buildings Research Centre. She works within a team of researchers developing a prototype for sustainable mid-rise residential buildings utilising cold-formed steel. The project seeks to identify sustainable solutions for mid-rise residential buildings in order to respond to Australian trends in densification of urban areas.

Oshan Jayawardena

Analyst, Housing New Zealand

Oshan Jayawardena is currently working on a PhD at the University of Tasmania in public policy and is affiliated with the University of Tasmania’s Institute for Social Change. The research topic for the PhD thesis is on the influence of advocacy coalitions in determining the ability of renewable energy to overcome ‘energy disadvantage’ in Australia.

Daniel Jones

Research Student
Sustainable Buildings Research Centre, University of Wollongong

Daniel Jones is a commerce/science student who joined the Solar Decathlon team in 2012. He has since begun a research masters investigating retrofitting residential houses. Daniel is investigating how our retrofitting compares to other options available to people who own a home.

Jungsoo Kim

Research Associate
Indoor Environmental Quality Laboratory, University of Sydney

Jungsoo Kim is a research associate in the Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) Laboratory, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning. He received his PhD in Architectural Science from the University of Sydney and his PhD project focused on occupant satisfaction with IEQ in office buildings. His current research interests include human thermal comfort, occupant adaptive behaviour, and IEQ performance assessment.

Mathias Kimmling

Research Assistant, University of Kaiserslautern

Mathias Kimmling is a process and energy engineer. He has been working as graduate research and teaching assistant at the University of Kaiserslautern since October 2015 to obtain a doctorate in civil engineering. His current research topic is Thecla, a thermoelectric cooling partition with active heat storage, designed as a personalized heating and cooling device for indoor environments.

Dr Georgios Kokogiannakis

Senior Lecturer
Sustainable Buildings Research Centre, University of Wollongong

Georgios’ research studies at the University of Strathclyde in the UK were concerned with the integration of dynamic whole building simulation programs in the European regulations for the energy performance of buildings (e.g. EPBD). In addition and as part of his professional activities, he has worked in a range of research & consultancy projects for assessing the energy and environmental performance of buildings through dynamic whole building simulation.

Professor Jose Kos

Brazilian Federal University of Santa Catarina

Jose Kos is a Professor at the Brazilian Federal University of Santa Catarina and former Head of the Architecture and Urban Design Program. He teaches also at the Post-Graduate Program of Urban Design at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He was the Faculty Advisor of the first Brazilian team at the Solar Decathlon Europe 2012, in Madrid, and was granted one of the most recognized national awards for sustainable design.

Dr Lars Lindbergh

Senior Lecturer
Umeå School of Business and Economics, Umeå University, Umeå Sweden

Lars Lindbergh is a research associate in Finance and Accounting and previously the Dean of the Umeå School of Business and Economics, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden. His research interests are in the general areas of the quantitative assessment of the financial performance of organizations and implications of tax policy.

Edgar Liu

Research Fellow
UNSW Australia’s City Futures Research Centre

Edgar Liu is a Research Fellow at UNSW Australia’s City Futures Research Centre. He has background in human geography and social policy, focusing on disadvantaged communities and marginality. His research highlights include evaluation of public estate renewal projects across Australia, projects on housing decision-making and outcomes, and the concepts of community and place.

Clayton McDowell

PhD Candidate,
SBRC, University of Wollongong

Clayton McDowell is a PhD candidate at the University of Wollongong’s Sustainable Buildings Research Centre. He is a qualified Mechanical Engineer with a background in design and project management in various heavy manufacturing industries. He has an interest in sustainable buildings with a focus on retrofitting our existing building stock to improve energy consumption and thermal comfort.

Gene McGlynn

General Manager
AusIndustry: Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Gene McGlynn is a General Manager in AusIndustry, part of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

In this role, he has managed a range of programs to support small businesses, community groups, councils and low income households to reduce energy use and costs.

Ian McNicol

Specialist Energy Efficiency, Households
Sustainability Victoria

Ian grew up in regional South Australia and has qualifications in electrical engineering and the arts. He has worked in the sustainable energy field since the early 1990s in a range of positions, including being a foundation member of the Electricity Utilisation Centre in Auckland, and managing both the NSW and South Australian government Energy Information Centres.

Luis Medrano

National Autonomous University of Mexico

Luis Medrano is currently a Master’s student with specialty in environment and energy at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. His research focuses in social housing retrofit with topics such as energy efficiency, indoor thermal comfort, energy audits, thermal envelope behavior and simulation.

Dr Larissa Nicholls

Research Fellow
Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University

Larissa investigates the relationship between household energy consumption, health and (financial) wellbeing, and use of new technologies. Larissa’s current research projects include the Smart Home Control project, the Heatwaves, Homes & Health project, and the Hidden Energy Poverty project.

Jodie Pipkorn

Acting Director, Residential Buildings Team
Department of the Environment and Energy

Jodie Pipkorn has worked in the Australian Government since 2007 and is currently managing the Residential Buildings Team in the Department of the Environment and Energy.

Prior to working in Government Jodie worked as an architect in Australia and internationally, and completed a Masters of Architecture in sustainable built environments in the United Kingdom.

Zahra Rahimpour

PhD Candidate of Electrical Engineering
University of Sydney

Zahra Rahimpour is a PhD Candidate of Electrical Engineering at university of Sydney. She received her master degree in 2016 from university of Sydney with thesis entitled “Using Thermal Inertia of Residential Buildings for Demand Response”. Zahra’s major research contribution was demonstration of phase change material effectiveness in reducing or shifting heating and cooling demand of residential buildings for five major cities of Australia.

Emily Ryan

PhD Candidate
UOW, SBRC and Faculty of Business

Emily Ryan is a PhD Candidate at the University of Wollongong with the Faculty of Business and the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre. Emily completed her Bachelor of Commerce (honours) in 2014 and commenced her PhD Candidature in 2015. Emily’s research is focused on understanding the drivers for a sustainable buildings industry supply chain cluster in the Illawarra and elsewhere

Susanna Savolainen

Manager Environmental Sustainability
NSW Land and Housing Corporation

Susanna Savolainen is the Manager Environmental Sustainability with NSW Land and Housing Corporation. In this role she is responsible for managing programs to improve the energy and water efficiency of the NSW Government’s social housing portfolio of some 130,000 assets.

Tony Schaefer

Project Officer and Teacher
TAFE NSW Illawarra Institute

Tony has a Master’s Degree in Applied Science, majoring in Environmental Management Systems and a Graduate Certificate in Education for Sustainability. Tony works as a Teacher and Project Officer for TAFE Illawarra and has extensive experience in developing and delivering environmental short courses, Skill Sets and full qualifications from Cert II through to Diploma level.

Adam Shalekoff

Climate Change Co-ordinator
Mornington Peninsula Shire Council

Adam has worked in environmental management in Victoria for over 20 years coordinating teams and projects in ecology, community engagement, crown land reserve, bushland, threatened species, water, energy and waterway management. This has included 11 years in local government, 6 years with a Victorian Government Catchment Management Authority, 5 summer seasons in National Park management and 3 years with a Victorian local government greenhouse alliance

Dr Graeme Sherriff

Associate Director & Research Fellow,
SHUSU, University of Salford

Dr Graeme Sherriff joined the Sustainable Housing and Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU) at the University of Salford, UK, in September 2013, having been a post-doctorial Research Associate at the University of Manchester for eight years. He leads the unit’s Sustainability and Society theme, and his research concerns the relationship between environmental sustainability and social justice.

J.J Shiel


John is the Principal of EnviroSustain which consults on zero-carbon buildings, and conducts sustainability-upgrades. He retrofitted his house to be energy positive house, and is completing a PhD in rapid decarbonisation of the Australian housing stock.

Rosemary Sinclair

Energy Consumers Australia

Rosemary Sinclair is the CEO of Energy Consumers Australia, established by the Council of Australian Governments Energy Council to enhance consumer advocacy on national energy market matters of strategic importance and material consequence for energy consumers, in particular household and small business consumers.

Jessica Steinborner

Freelance energy and engagement project specialist

Jessica is a freelance energy and engagement project specialist. Having recently delivered one of the Australian Commonwealth Governments Low Income Energy Efficiency projects for the Environment Centre NT, the peak community sector environment organisation in the Northern Territory, Jessica is now working on community education and remote solar projects across the Northern Territory and NSW.

Jeremy Tarbox

Project Officer
NSW Office of Environment & Heritage

Jeremy Tarbox is a Project Officer in the Markets and Finance team of the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage. He will speak about how researchers can provide data to inform policy makers, and in particular to expand and update the NSW Government’s Energy Savings Scheme (ESS), which includes incentives for residential energy efficiency upgrades.

Dr Mark G. Tatam

Building Technology Director
Kingspan Insulated Panels

Mark Tatam is the Building Technology Director for Kingspan Insulated Panels, covering Australasia and South East Asia. He has extensive experience in heavy industry and manufacturing in building industry environments, with previous experience with BHP, CSR and Bluescope in process modelling and optimisation, new product development and strategic marketing.

Harley Truong

Consultant, H3space

Harley grew up in Canberra where he got his qualifications in engineering and science. He has worked for 14 years in a variety of fields including photonics manufacturing, software development and project management. In the last four years he has become a pioneer in the Passive House movement in Australia being the designer and owner of two Passive Houses. The houses are frequently open to the public for educational tours.

Ian Van Eerden

Sustainability Engineer, Northrop

Ian is a valued member of the Northrop Sustainability Team with over 7 years’ experience in sustainability master planning, energy auditing, renewable energy feasibility and building rating schemes such as NABERS and Green Star.

Thomas van Raamsdonk

General Manager, Pro Clima Australia Pty Ltd

Thomas holds an engineering degree specialising in building physics and energy efficiency from the University of Applied Science in Rosenheim, Germany. Having worked in different jobs in several companies in Germany, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, Thomas gained extensive professional knowledge of airtightness, thermal bridging and healthy homes which has resulted in significant publications.

Dr Phillipa Watson

Research Fellow, HACRU and UTAS | Principal consultant, RED Sustainability Consultants

Dr Phillipa Watson is a Research Fellow in the Housing and Community Research Unit (HACRU), UTAS and a principal consultant at RED Sustainability Consultants. Throughout her career Phillipa has explored ways to transition towards more sustainable built environments. With this intent Phillipa has worked in the areas of building design, building life cycle assessment, decision-making tool development and research.

Dr Stephen White

Energy for Buildings Manager

Dr White leads CSIRO’s Energy Efficiency Research. He also manages the “Engaged Communities” Program in the Low Carbon Living Cooperative Research Centre (LCL CRC)

He has served on numerous national committees helping to inform government policy on building energy efficiency

Nicola Willand

PhD Candidate, RMIT University

Nicola Willand is a PhD Candidate with a particular interest in the holistic approach to sustainability in the built environment. As an architect by background, Nicola finds that initiatives towards a more sustainable built environment tend to focus on environmental and economic outcomes, while the social aspects are often neglected.

Jennifer Wood

Senior Project Officer
NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

Jennifer Wood is a Senior Project Officer at the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. Jennifer has worked for many years leading residential energy efficiency projects and project teams.

Jennifer is currently leading the Clean Energy Program, partnering with AGL to install solar PV for energy hardship customers in community housing