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Sustainable Design 101: Where to start?

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In this online session we'll explore the principles of sustainable design, explain why should you consider it, and outline where should you should start.

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 on where to start when considering sustainable design options for your home. Whether you are just dreaming of a build, in the planning stages, or have one underway, this event will explain the wealth of benefits associated with ensuring your project considers things like passive solar design, energy efficiency, renewable energy setups, and resilience for a quickly shifting climate.

We will also discuss how to set a brief, find sustainable professionals and the importance of getting an iterative energy analysis as part of the design process.

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.


Jenny Edwards

Jenny Edwards is the director and lead scientist at Light House Architecture and Science, an interdisciplinary company focused on smaller, smarter sustainable homes.

Jane Hilliard

Jane Hilliard of Designful in Hobart, a practice that specialises in environmentally sound small builds. Designful’s approach to energy efficiency and sustainability is based around balance: “We believe that the core of sustainability is in finding the right balance between values, size, resource use, environmental impact, financial impact and wellbeing.”

Nigel Bell

Nigel is an experienced architect that works from the Blue Mountains (NSW), often dealing with old housing stock (great character but unsuitable for climate) for clients with low budgets but great ideas – and sustainable need. He is familiar with a wide range of housing types, materials, efficiency upgrades and more – building shelter upon what nature provides for free. He’s taught at community level, TAFE and several Universities. A previous Churchill Fellow pursuing sustainable design internationally (1994); he was awarded Blue Mountains Outstanding Environmental Business’(2000) and last year was a national finalist for ‘Lifetime Achievement in Sustainability’.


  • 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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