20 August 2020

This webinar will focus on the theme 'Low Carbon Housing', and is hosted by the UniSA Research Node for Low Carbon Living. The forum series provides an opportunity for industry, government and the community to engage with the UniSA Node (the Research Node for Low Carbon Living) and to connect with each other. It is a way to bring organisations with carbon challenges together with organisations with low carbon solutions. The Industry Friends Forums are designed as networking events and we encourage participants to connect virtually or in person if restrictions allow following this event to share ideas and experiences relating to a low carbon built environment.

Speaker presentations

Mainstream Net Zero Energy Housing
with Josh Byrne: Director, JBA, Research Fellow Curtin University & CRC LCL


Dr Josh Byrne is an environmental scientist with a national profile as a consultant, researcher and communicator in urban sustainability. Well known for his role as the WA presenter on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia, Josh is also an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow with Curtin University’s School of Design and the Built Environment where he has led national research projects in high performance housing and low carbon residential precincts. Over the past 6 years, Josh has done a deep dive into mainstreaming net zero energy homes in the Australian volume housing market. His research has spanned traditional detached housing, as well as medium density, mixed typology residential developments across the country. In this presentation, Josh discusses where his research started, the role of the CRC for Low Carbon Living and the outcomes.

Nightingale Housing: carbon neutral housing, at-cost
with Jessica Wood: Communications & Community, Nightingale Housing


Jessica leads communications and community engagement for Nightingale Housing. She also holds a Bachelor of Design from RMIT and is pursuing a Masters of Architecture at the University of Melbourne. She has taught into the RMIT Interior Design program since 2015. Jessica’s presentation looks at the ways in which better housing outcomes in our cities can support us to lead low carbon lifestyles, through the example of the work of Nightingale Housing. Nightingale Housing is leading a housing revolution in our cities with their pursuit of homes which are socially, financially and environmentally sustainable. Steering away from high tech solutions, this new model for medium density housing places attention back on the potential for architectural design and strong partnerships to find low carbon outcomes that are more affordable equitable and support community to grow in place.

Building a 10 star home and beyond
with Geraldine Petit: Studio Lead/Design Construct Specialist, SUHO


Géraldine obtained a Master of Art in Architecture in 2007 from the polytechnic school of Lausanne (Switzerland). Working across Europe and Australia for the past decade, Géraldine has first-hand experience in delivering high performance housing and the collaborative approach required to build to international standards. Her technical knowledge has promoted cleaner and healthier construction processes, passive energy use and creating an encompassing shelter for humans to live in harmony with the environment. Within SUHO, as a Lead- Construction Design Specialist, she actively participates to provide support for the Australian transition to a more resilient and sustainable built environment. This presentation will give you an overview of the work done by the SUHO team to achieve a 10 star building and provides reflective lessons from the design and construction process of Adelaide’s first 10-star home.

Low Carbon Homes designed using Passivhaus principles
with Brett Aylen: Director, Brett Aylen Architecture

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Brett Aylen is an eco-architect who designs homes that combine energy efficient living with comfortable modern lifestyles. Brett’s twenty plus years of industry experience underpins his grasp of sustainability at all levels, from the dynamics of people and communities to the design and construction of climate responsive energy efficient healthy homes. In Brett’s presentation he will talk about the evolution of his designs starting with solar passive design and developing his understanding further by studying the Passivhaus standard. Brett showcases exemplars where he has applied Passivhaus principles to houses in South Australia.

Introduction to Passive House
with Chris Nunn: Chair, the Australian Passive House Association

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Chris is the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Australian Passive House Association, which is an independent not-for-profit organisation that aims to lead change by educating, promoting, and supporting the delivery of Certified Passive House buildings in Australia. Chris Nunn is also Head of Sustainability at AMP Capital Real Estate. AMP Capital has a real estate portfolio valued at approximately A$28 billion, consisting of approximately 100 shopping centres, offices and industrial assets located mainly in Australia and NZ.



The live Q&A with all speakers as a panel will take place at the end of the presentations and we ask you to please submit your questions in advance. There will also be an opportunity to submit questions to the webinar host during the event and we will attempt to feature as many questions as time permits.

CPD Points

The Green Building Council of Australia, the Australian Institute of Architects and the Planning Institute of Australia have confirmed that members will be eligible to accrue/claim the following:

  • Green Star Accredited Professionals - Sustainable Development CPD points
  • Architects - Informal CPD points
  • Planners - CPD points

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