Sydney Central

Event Details

ATA Sydney branch meeting - Energy & water efficiency in the common areas of strata buildings
September 11, 2017 at 6:30 pm

When: Monday 11 September 2017, 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start.
Where: Interface head office and showroom, 101 Chalmers St, Surry Hills (click here for a map).

New apartment buildings are filling the Sydney skyline and as more and more of us are living in them, this month we turn our focus to some of the ecological challenges of this housing type.  Our speaker Ethan Burns from Sustainability Now will present on the topic of Energy & water efficiency in the common areas of strata buildings

In his talk, Ethan will cover the following:

  • What changes can be made to improve the sustainability of common areas
  • Things to consider about using solar technologies, making energy efficiency changes and water use
  • How to make savings in electricity and gas use in common areas
  • How to make changes happen
  • Key barriers to change and how to overcome them

Presenter:  After 10 years in the electricity generation, transmission & distribution industry and a brief stint in local government, Ethan Burns founded Sustainability Now in 2009 through a personal need to make a positive impact through improving his customers' energy efficiency and environmental performance.  He is predominantly a consultant, but also project manages implementation of energy efficiency opportunities and trains customers in energy efficiency and environmental management.  Ethan works predominantly with residential strata complexes, local & state governments and has been a key consultant partner in:

  • The City of Sydney Smart Green Apartments Program
  • Ku-ring-gai Council Smart Units Program
  • Development of the new NABERS tool for residential strata in conjunction with the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage

Ethan is also a regular contributor to the Alternative Technology Association's (ATA) 'Speed-date a Sustainability Consultant'.  He has a Bachelor of Engineering with First Class Honours from Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. His areas of specialist knowledge include; energy efficiency & energy efficient lighting, renewable energy, environmental management, training and project management.

Members and non-members are asked to register by selecting the event and clicking 'REGISTER' at:

Directions and further details:

Please arrive at 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start.

The Interface head office and showroom is located within the heritage-listed 101 Chalmers Street building in Sydney.  Access from Central Station involves turning right as you leave the Devonshire St exit, and then a short walk with a second, almost immediate right - if you get to to Prince Alfred Park you have gone too far!

Look for a two-storey red brick and sandstone building that adjoins a single-storey library, known as the ‘Railway Institute Building’. Entrance is at the rear of this building that has been faithfully restored and redesigned with stunning interiors, turning it into a showcase of environmental sustainability.  Due to our proximity to Central Station, we encourage attendees to catch public transport to this event as nearby parking is limited.

Tea, coffee and tasty snacks are available before and after the talk, with donations gratefully accepted.

The ATA is an independent organisation that does not endorse products and seeks to provide members with information so that they can make well-informed sustainable decisions.

Upcoming events:

Great Western Sydney Energy Alliance (GWSEA) - Power through Education Forum - forum for a new group. GWSEA aims to grow the uptake of energy efficiency and renewables. University, government, businesses and community organisations are cooperating to achieve this throughout Western Sydney. It is a response to growing community concerns about rising electricity prices and climate change. To register for the forum click here.
When: Thursday 7 September, 6.30pm
Where: Western Sydney University Parramatta Campus, cnr. Macquarie and Smith St, 1 PSQ, Level 9, Conference Room 3 Parramatta

ATA Wollongong Branch Meeting - Integrating and Monitoring Solar, Batteries, Electric Cars
When: Thursday, 7 September, 6.30pm for 7pm start
Where: Room G01 in the ITAMS Building (Bldg 233), University of Wollongong's Innovation Campus, Squires Way, North Wollongong. Click here for a campus map.
Cost: Gold coin donation.

Sustainable House Day
When: Sunday 17th September.
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm – check website for individual houses
Where: Houses across Sydney will be open to the public on the day.
Click here to go to the website to find houses you can visit near you.

Thanks for your ongoing support of the ATA Sydney Central Branch.

Graham Hunt

ATA Sydney Central Branch - Events Co-ordinator

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Phone: 0403 547 457

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Created by Doug Rolfe on September 6, 2017 at 7:06 pm. Last modified by Doug Rolfe on September 6, 2017 at 7:06 pm.

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