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SHD 2021 Expert Session: Sustainable heating and cooling

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Heating and cooling are often the most energy intense activities in our homes. As part of our Sustainable House Day Retrofitting Week, this Expert Session will bring you presentations by experts on how to reduce your need for active heating and cooling, whether you live in the tropics or Tasmania.

In the second half of our webinar, we'll open up a panel discussion and Q&A session with our experts and some of our Sustainable House Day homeowners, who will share their first-hand experience with cooling and heating their homes sustainably. 


Tim Forcey, Home Energy Advisor, Founder of My Efficient Electric Home 

Tim Forcey graduated as a chemical engineer in America during the energy crises of the late 1970’s. Tim then worked in industrial energy for 35 years overseas and in Australia for firms including ExxonMobil, BHP, Jemena, and the Australian Energy Market Operator. Between 2013 and 2017 Tim acted as energy advisor at the University of Melbourne where he published research into Australia’s electricity market, pumped hydro energy storage, methane emissions from unconventional oil and gas production, and the economics of fuel-switching from gas to renewable-energy alternatives in industry and in homes. Over the last decade, Tim has been in over 1,000 Melbourne homes acting as a home energy advisor. He worked with the Moreland Energy Foundation - Positive Charge and the state government with the development of the Victorian Residential Efficiency Scorecard. Tim Forcey has volunteered with Renew and has authored articles published in Renew Magazine. Tim created the Facebook group “My Efficient Electric Home”, where over 35,000 members help each other to save money, in their ever more comfortable, and greener, electric homes.

Belinda Allwood, Director and Architect at People Oriented Design

Belinda is an architect, landscape architect, maker and researcher.  She is a Queensland chapter councillor for the Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) and sits on the RAIA Queensland Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Belinda is a registered architect in Queensland, the Northern Territory and New South Wales. Her rare combination of skills brings architecture and landscape architecture together to create places that respond sustainably to place, and connect people with nature. 

Belinda has written papers and presented to audiences nationally and internationally on the topics of sustainable design, regional practice, intercultural design and placemaking. She is well known for her comprehensive construction knowledge, and experience in all phases of project delivery on a wide range of project types for government departments, not-for profit organisations, and private clients.  

SHD Homeowners

Carlos Acuna - WA's First Passive House Plus (WA)

Tony Lawson - Tropical Pavillions (QLD)


Ajay Hooda, Energy Analyst at Renew

Ajay is part of Renew's of energy experts handling our consults and advice service. He is passionate about fighting against climate change and providing the best advice possible in becoming more energy efficient and sustainable. He has qualifications in Renewable and Sustainable Energy, and in Electrical Engineering


  • You will receive the link to attend the webinar in your ticket confirmation email.
  • This webinar will take place on Zoom. If you need to download Zoom, you can do so here.
  • We have a number of free tickets available for those experiencing financial difficulty.
  • Sustainable House Day is a national event by Renew, a non-profit organisation. Renew recognises that this event that takes place on the stolen lands of many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We will be directing 5% of all proceeds generated by these webinars to the Pay the Rent initiative, and 5% to Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network.

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