When: Monday 16 September
Time: 7.30pm sharp
Where: Goodwood Community Centre (Banquet Hall), 32/34 Rosa St, Goodwood SA (Goodwood Community Centre is convenient to the tram (stop 3), buses and train. Enter the car park via Florence St.). Click here for a map of the venue.
Entry fee: ATA members $2. Non-members $5.
Tea, coffee and biscuits provided.
A joint meeting with the Australian Solar Energy Society
Presenters: Stephen Berry and Dr Anne Sharp
Over the past decade Sustainable House Day (SHD) has become an Australian celebration of energy and water efficient homes, many using renewable energy technologies. In Britain initiatives such as Old Home SuperHome have demonstrated green housing and eco-refurbishment.
Such events allow the public to visit environmentally sustainable new homes and renovations and listen to the experiences of owners, architects and builders. However do they reach new audiences and inspire real change or simply ‘preach to the converted’?
This presentation examines data obtained from Australia’s Sustainable House Day and numerous eco open house events in Britain to answer the question: Are they worth the effort?
Stephen has a long involvement in the political and technical challenges of moving to a low carbon economy. His career includes 15 years in the public service focussing on micro reform in the building sector. He is the author of many conference papers and journal articles. Some of these have evaluated the impact of niche green developments on changes to the building sector.
Stephen has tertiary qualifications in business studies, applied science, public policy and renewable energy. He is currently a PhD candidate at UniSA researching the technical and economic feasibility of applying a net zero carbon standard to new residential construction.
Dr Anne Sharp is a Senior Research Fellow at the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute for Marketing Science at UniSA. She teaches Market Research at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and leads research into Sustainable Marketing. This includes evaluation of bans of single use plastic bags, assessing the effectiveness of recycling campaigns and developing measures for higher order behaviours such as repairing and waste avoidance.
Anne is the author of over 50 academic papers and her work has bee published in the European Journal of Marketing and the International Journal of Research in Marketing.
Second presentation: Phil Herweijer – solar powered dam pump
Phil will describe his year 12 project at Mount Barker Waldorf School to design and build a solar powered pumping system for his neighbour’s dam and replace a petrol-powered unit. The aim was to build a cost effective, efficient pumping system that included some recycled and salvaged components.
Phil researched dam pumping systems then surveyed the property topography and water usage to determine the required capacity. He investigated solar energy systems, local insolation and battery storage requirements before completing the design. Assembly of the pump, motor, geared drive, array, storage and switching is almost complete.
Phil will share his experience of the project hoping to inspire others to build their own.
ATA meetings put people with questions in touch with people who might have answers. The Q&A session after the main presentation is an open discussion about sustainability topics. For example:
- Who can help with an issue?
- What’s on in other parts of Adelaide, SA and Australia.
- Any events you’ve been to and what you’ve learned.
- What presentations or field trips would you’d like?
Other news and events:
Friday September 20, 5 pm – 6.15 pm (doors open at 4.40 pm) Free entry, Bradley Forum, Hawke Building, UniSA, City West Campus, North Terrace. Sustainable cities: From possible futures to preferred futures.
Presented by Professor Stuart White. Director of the Institute for the Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney. For cities to be sustainable what would need to happen? How would our decision-making need to change? How would transport, energy, materials and water systems look
Minutes of the meeting can be found here.
ATA SA Branch Committee of Management and Steve Jenkins ATA SA Branch Convenor
Email: [email protected] Phone: 0418 852 234