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SHD 2021 Expert Session: Working with sustainable builders

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Building is often the most challenging and exciting part of your journey to a sustainable home. As part of our Sustainable House Day Building and Design Week, brought to you by the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, we'll hear from builders and experts on how to have the best experience building or retrofitting a sustainable home. 

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 of working with sustainable builders. You can find links to their house profiles below.


Jeremy Spencer, Director at Positive Footprints

Positive Footprints designs and builds homes that tread lightly on our planet. The aim of Positive Footprints is to build beautiful houses that are as low impact as possible and make sustainable housing mainstream in the building industry and make owning a high performing house easy, by combining Environmentally Sustainable Design and Construction within the one company, to close the disconnect that often exists between the design and the implementation on site.

Simon Clark, General Manager/Director at Sustainable Homes Melbourne

Simon has been in the construction industry since the year 2000 and a registered builder since 2009. He founded Sustainable Homes Melbourne in 2014 with the mission to transform Melbourne’s rundown old homes into beautiful, comfortable sustainable homes we can all be proud of. Simon is also a co-founder of Builders Declare Australia. 

Simon is also the Founder of Build Cambodia Charity, and through yearly fundraisings, builds homes for those in need in rural Cambodia.

SHD Homeowners

Selena Griffith - Permanora (NSW)

Sue Connor (Architect) - Tarlo River Passive House (NSW)

Darryn Parkinson (Builder) - Tarlo River Passive House (NSW)


Kribashini Hannon, Director at BuildHer Collective 

Kribashini fell in love with construction when she was only a child. Inspired by running around at her father’s glass factory while growing up in Wellington, NZ, Kribashini quickly developed a deep passion for Construction and Project Management. This resolve stuck with her through university, leading her to get her Bachelor’s Degree in Building Science from VU and a Master of Project Management from RMIT. Over 13 years later, Kribashini remains highly passionate about the built environment and spends time managing commercial projects. Having been through her own home renovation, Kribashini wants to share her insights, experience and knowledge with other like-minded women and help them feel confident about building.


  • 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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