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Sustainable Design 101: What is low energy design?

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In this online session we will explore low energy design: what is it, and why is it so important?

This is event is part of Renew's Sustainable Design 101 series, where we are going back to basics. You can buy tickets to the whole series here.

Join Renew for an introductory session exploring the principles of low energy design. We will consider the fundamentals of passive heating & cooling, orientation, glazing, shading, thermal mass and insulation. Engage with our industry expert panelists for an informative discussion on different approaches to sustainable design in a rapidly shifting climate.

Sanctuary Magazine editor Anna Cumming will be hosting the event. Please bring along your questions and comments for the Q&A section of the event.


Simone Schenkel

Simone Schenkel is a certified Passive House designer whose mission is to make energy-efficient homes a staple in the Australian landscape. She has used the passion, experience and knowledge she gained from her upbringing and architectural studies in Germany to create Gruen Eco Design, a business where she works with her clients to create not only beautifully designed homes but also homes that are healthy, thermally comfortable, energy efficient and resilient for future generations – and that won’t cost the earth.

Dick Clarke

Dick Clarke is proprietor of Envirotecture, a sustainable building design firm in Sydney. He is a building designer with over 30 years of experience.

Sarah Lebner

In 2020, Sarah was awarded the Australian Institute of Architects’ National Emerging Architect Prize. The prize recognises an individual emerging architect's contribution to "architectural practice, education, design excellence and community involvement, which advances the profession’s role within the public arena."

Until 2022, Sarah worked in Canberra as the Principal Architect at an interdisciplinary firm, Light House Architecture and Science. Here she worked under nationally recognised building scientist, Jenny Edwards, and they focused on achieving high levels of energy efficiency while studying affordability and buildability.

Sarah has returned to her family farm in Tooma, NSW, to focus on providing leading sustainable design services to regional people and communities.


  • This is event is part of Renew's Sustainable Design 101 series. You can buy tickets to the series here, or an annual pass to all extended Sustainable House Day events here.
  • There are a number of free tickets to the event for those experiencing financial hardship.
  • Renew depends on the generosity of our community to continue its valuable work. We would welcome your donation here: or via the additional donation option when choosing your ticket.

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This event is supported by NatHERS, Design for Place, Your Home, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Light House Architecture & Science, and Sonnen.

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