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Exemplary Energy Partners Capabilities Statement

Exemplary Energy Partners Capabilities Statement

Director

Trevor Lee, Director


Associates

Greg Burghardt
Trish Campbell
Nigel Coates
Martin Leadbeater
William Logie
Peter Lyons
Les Winton
Chun Yin Wu
Denis Wylks

 

 

Administrative and Technical Staff

Miao Wang


In Memoriam

Keith Garzoli
Jim Were


Past Interns

Fangwei Ding
Maria Salazar
Otto Lam Hello


Trevor Lee  

Trevor Lee, Director

Trevor Lee is an architect who has directed himself to energy issues in the built environment since his graduation with honours from the University of Melbourne in 1976. From 1985 to 1989, as the Senior Architect for Energy Management of the Commonwealth's construction authority (then called the Department of Construction), he prepared a series of in-house publications including those on setting energy targets for new buildings and associated media releases. From 1989 until 1995 he served as editor of "Solar Progress", the quarterly journal of the Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society, (ANZSES) and from 1996 to 1998 was honorary chair of that organisation. He was also a founding director and later Vice-President of the Sustainable Energy Industry Association (SEIA) which merged with kindred organisations in 2001 to become the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE, now the Clean Energy Council). He has also served as an executive director of Australian Ethical Investment Ltd, (ASX code AEF) manager of unit trust and superannuation funds now totalling over $550 million, from 1991 until 2003 and as a non-executive director for 2004.

He was involved as technical adviser to the ACT Government for the first four years of its ground-breaking mandatory house energy rating scheme (applied both at building approval stage for new dwellings and at the advertising for sale stage for existing dwellings) and a consultant to government and commerce for the energy auditing of existing buildings and simulation and energy analysis of building proposals. He is also co-author of the Australian Solar Radiation Data Handbook 1995 and its full revision in 2005 for ANZSES as well as providing technical direction for the updating of the Australian Climate Data Bank (ACDB) in 2005-6 for energy simulation applications and for the spatial definition of 69 associated climate zones covering the whole of Australia. He also oversaw the expansion and update of the ACDB to 80 locations in 2008.

Trevor has been associated with Energy Strategies through their joint firm Energy Partners since 1990 and served as a director of Energy Strategies Pty Ltd from 1999 until the restructure at the beginning of 2009 in which Energy Partners became a fully independent enterprise.

 

 

Associates

 

Mr Greg Burghardt, Dip Arch, Dip Teaching (Technical)
Building Supervision, (Clerk of Works), NSW Licensed Builder 3605C.

Greg has worked in the building and design professions for the past twenty five years in various roles including building, design and teaching. In 1998 he established one of the first building consultancies in NSW (Envirohome) specifically focused on issues of building sustainability. The core function of this business is to provide consultancy services throughout Australia related to building energy efficiency in compliance with the various codes and regulations. He is an accredited energy rating assessor in NSW, the ACT and Victoria.

Greg was contracted to the ACT Planning and Land Authority (ACTPLA) for the first six months of 2008 as the Senior Officer for Building Sustainability. His role was to implement changes to ACT House Energy Rating Scheme (ACTHERS) including the proposed licensing of energy rating assessors, changes to the Sale of Property Act and the establishment of an auditing system. Before moving to Canberra at the beginning of 2008, Greg was the Head Teacher of the Building and Construction Faculty at Wollongong TAFE.

In 2005, the NSW Office of Fair Trading contracted Greg to develop a text, "Building on Your Foundations" for the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Scheme for NSW Licensed Builders.

Greg was an elected board member of Futureworld; Institute for Sustainable Futures Wollongong in 2006 and in 2007 was an elected director of the Association of Building Sustainability Assessors (ABSA).

His fields of expertise include:

  • In depth knowledge of 2nd generation residential building thermal performance software including AccuRate, BERS-Pro and FirstRate 5
  • Training in 2nd generation software
  • Use of computer modelling software including Revit and Ecotect
  • BASIX assessments
  • BCA including Section J consultancy services
  • Sustainable design services

Greg is currently engaged with consultancies with the Australian Building Codes Board and ABSA. In 2009 Greg aims to gain NFRC accreditation and complete training in Design Builder software.

 


 Trish Campbell  

Ms Trish Campbell, NatHERS and NABERS Assessor.

As a first year Psychology student at Armidale University and mother of four, Trish began a small business in 2005 labelling an environmentally friendly chemical range of household cleaners. After publishing a paper on the potential hazards of standard cleaning products, Trish was offered the role of National Sales and Marketing Manager for Charmnote Industries in 2007. Trish had extensive experience during this time with sales, marketing, training and customer relations to high level stakeholders and business plan modelling for export markets. In 2008, Trish took on a more active role with product development that included bio-remediation efficacy testing, MSDS hazard identification and company representation to international trade health organisations.

Trish resigned from Charmnote in 2009 to establish ACT Sustainable Systems and pursue a career in the built environment and sustainability sector. She trained as a NABERS Assessor, Home Sustainability Assessor and Accredited Thermal Performance Assessor in both First Rate 5 and BERS Pro. Trish delivered over 270 home sustainability assessments under the Green Loans Program between 2009 and 2010 and over 70 home energy audits for the Home Energy Advice Team. As an Energy Auditor for the Sustainability Advice Team, Trish was Lead Auditor for over 15% of ACT public schools in 2010 delivering Energy Audits for the Department of Environment and Training.

Trish provided training for the Master Builders Association in October 2010 in Financial and Business Management for their Builder's Licence Course and took on the role of ACT Government Energy and Water Assessor in 2012.

She is a current ABSA accredited assessor and ACT Licenced Class B Building Assessor (Energy Efficiency) familiar with both NatHERS and BASIX schemes.

 


 

Mr Nigel Coates, B.A. (Architecture).

Nigel has been building to his own designs and those of selected architects for over 35 years whilst studying architecture at UNSW, Sydney University and the University of Canberra.

He controlled a successful construction business on the northern beaches of Sydney for twenty years before moving to the southern Monaro region 15 years ago. He now lives in Canberra and works collaboratively with his clients to make their home building experience part of the solution to climate change.

He is an experienced project manager, builder, shipwright, cabinetmaker and architectural draughtsman and has led tours of sustainable housing in Canberra, Wagga Wagga and Jindabyne.

In late 2005 Nigel collaborated with Energy Partners to design and build a sustainable residence in Wagga Wagga. Their clients entertained the largest contingent of visitors for rural NSW on Sustainable House Day in 2008 and have had over 500 visitors by appointment since.

His current project is the design and construction of an autonomous, energy efficient residence in a bushfire prone area south of Yass, NSW using AutoCAD and AutoCAD Revit 2009 Building Information Modelling to document and communicate the design.

Past projects include residential, commercial and heritage building projects, client side project management, remote, inaccessible and geotechnically challenging sites, demolition and retrieval of building materials, use of unique construction systems, building surfboards and sailboards, a 40' yacht, product display, commercial fit out, kitchens, furniture, and school playgrounds.

Nigel's building designs incorporate both traditional and alternative building techniques including stabilised rammed earth, natural stone, straw bale, modified blockwork like Timbercrete and Benex, reverse brick veneer and foam composites. The buildings are serviced by solar power and rain water. Active heating and cooling systems are generally avoided. Evacuated tube solar collectors heat water in a reticulated hot water service with solar electric or instantaneous gas backup. Household waste management includes biolytic conversion and grey water diversion to fertilise and water both native and permaculture household gardens.

The core design is always arranged to exploit earth coupling, passive solar heating and convection cooling. Recent buildings have used no active heating or cooling systems to great effect. Thermal efficiency is achieved through effective siting and orientation, fenestration, draught exclusion, the exploitation of materials for thermal inertia and insulation plus strategic planting and screening.

His sustainable design practice also specifies plantation and recycled timber, recycled masonry and concrete, materials with low embodied energy over service life, building waste minimisation and recycling, water efficient fittings, high performance, energy efficient whitegoods and lighting, natural paints and oils and a preference for local materials and labour.

 


 

Martin Leadbeater, B. App. Sc. (Computer Studies).

Martin is a software developer with experience in the entire software lifecycle, including requirements gathering, project management and application maintenance. Since obtaining his computing degree from the South Australian Institute of Technology (now the University of South Australia) during 1986, Martin has held two jobs; one at the Computer Centre of the University for nine years and the other as Managing Director Tellurian Pty Ltd, a small software house, for 15 years. Since July 2010 Martin has been operating a small business called 'Vale Park Software Development'.

While working at the University, Martin used the TeX typesetting system to generate pages of the first edition (1988) of the Australian Solar Radiation Data Handbook and remains fascinated by the power of a suite of software that has been under constant open development for more than thirty years. Since the mid-1990s, Martin has been using C, C++ and Java for most applications, often using the Literate Programming style, invented by Donald Knuth, but normally sticking to the more conventional Object Oriented or Structured programming styles.

During the last fifteen years, Martin has written a version of MFC for the Macintosh (OS 9), developed machine control software for wool bale sorting machinery, built a desktop nurse-call monitoring system, a flow-based simulation system and has developed a love of finite state machines. For fun, while relaxing from software development, Martin has built a prototype first person shooter in Java and a proof of concept role playing game in a combination of C++ and Lua, published an iPhone game and developed several small algorithms and a couple of small programming languages.

Philosophically, Martin is a proponent of open source and has benefitted by Open Source Software so much that he is now trying to find a way to pay back and make a useful contribution of his own. Recently, with this in mind, he has developed the fairly modest system monitoring language, 'monstate' and intends to publish this as Open Source. At present, in addition to his work in climate data applications, Martin is also working on a browser-based application for a web solutions vendor, some new control software for a local machine manufacturer and, in his spare time, he likes to do a bit of casual iPhone and game programming.

 


Mr Logie with the solar powered model aircraft which earned him his Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Systems Engineering from ANU at the end of 2003.


 

Mr William Logie, B. Eng. (Hons)

William (Will) brings to Energy Partners a keen interest in sustainable energy. Graduating from the Australian National University's Bachelor program at the end of 2003 with an Interdisciplinary Systems Engineering degree his, thesis project involved the design, construction and flight testing of a solar powered aircraft.

Well on his way to post-university social integration, Will still sought overseas exploration and left Australia in early 2004 on a wander through the South Americas and on to Europe, where he now resides in Zurich and telecommutes for building simulation and energy rating projects as required.

Having sufficiently developed his German language skills by September 2005, he joined forces with a small office of Engineers with skills descent from the Technical Inspection Group Rheinland (Technischeuberwachungsverein - TUV) specialising in energy auditing and for who rising oil prices and the European Performance in Buildings Directive (EPBD) provided an opportunity to expand operations. Will has assisted in developing automation software towards calculations and report writing for the auditing of clients in the private, commercial and industrial (process) sectors. In this time he has performed audits on housing, schools, council/public buildings, swimming pools, office blocks and a metal-casting factory. His current work entails the Computational Fluid Dynamics (OpenFOAM) of heat transfer in solar thermal storage systems at the Swiss Institute for Solar Technologies (SPF), near Zurich in Switzerland.

Will is an accredited assessor under the ACT House Energy Rating Scheme and a skilled user of AccuRate (CSIRO's 2nd generation replacement for NatHERS). His computing skills encompass the Windows and Unix (open-source) environment, offers programming within Excel/VBA, Python, C++, LaTeX, PHP/SQL and the use of various software packages; ANSYS, NX, TRNSYS, EES and Polysun.

 


Peter Lyons  

Dr Peter Lyons, PhD, M.ASHRAE

Peter Lyons is a building physicist with extensive experience in a range of fields and employment sectors. Peter applies this experience to a wide range of unusual and challenging projects, among existing clients and new clients - both local and overseas. Peter's expertise has been acquired locally and internationally and is applied individually and in a team setting across facade engineering and sustainable building design. He specialises in energy performance modelling of all types of fenestration systems and of whole buildings, both residential and commercial. He has continuing research interests in the impact of glazings on human comfort in buildings.

During 1998-99 Peter was a visiting researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) at the University of California, where he continues applied research into the energy modeling and rating of windows and skylights. He has published over 50 research papers and reports.

Relevant Projects and Activities: Professional Bodies, Codes, Standards and Technical Committees

  • Australian Building Codes Board (Commercial Glazing Working Group, WGC7), ongoing.
  • National Fenestration Rating Council (USA), ongoing.
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) - TC 4.5, Fenestration, ongoing.
  • Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) - Technical Advisory Committee, ongoing.
  • International Energy Agency project "Task 18": Research & consulting on energy performance of windows, 1992 - 97.
  • Window Energy Rating Scheme (WERS): co-principal developer of the Window Energy Rating Scheme (WERS) under contract to the Australasian Window Council, 1995.
  • Energy Ratings for Blinds and Shading Systems: consultant to Blind Manufacturers Association of Australia, 2004, and beta tester of Window 6 beta (with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory).

 


 

Les Winton, Associate

Les Winton is a leading social scientist who assists Energy Partners with studies where social, community and cultural perspectives are needed to complement technical, economic and scientific aspects. He has undertaken social and market research, policy and program evaluations, and research-based community consultation for government, industry and commerce since 1971. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Social Sciences, a Diploma of Education, and a Master of Arts in Marketing Communications, and is Managing Director and owner of Winton Sustainable Research Strategies, a foremost leading social research company.

After working in marketing positions with a Swedish steel company in Australia (1962-66), Les was called up for National Service, serving in Australia and South Vietnam (1966-68). He then completed his initial university studies (1969-73) and embarked upon a career in market research and marketing with ANOP (1971-83). Les started his own consultancy, Artcraft Research, now called Winton Sustainable Research Strategies, in Sydney in 1981, and opened a Canberra office (co-located with Energy Partners) in 1996.

Much of this work has been in energy and energy-related fields, including appliance energy efficiency labelling (from its inception in the 1980s), gas efficiency labelling, water efficiency labelling, climate change, sustainability, greenhouse issues, renewable energy, demand management, energy efficiency best practice programs, building energy rating schemes, sustainable transport, motor vehicle fuel efficiency, energy utilization and environmental education.

Reflecting his broad expertise, Les is a member of the Australian Market and Social Research Society (AMSRS), through which he has Qualified Practising Market Researcher status (QPMR), the Australasian Evaluation Society (AES) and the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2). He is also a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), the Australian Institute of Management (AIM), and the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI) through which he has Certified Practising Marketer status (CPM).

 


 

Mr Denis Wylks, A.P.T.C. (Arch.), F.R.A.I.A.

Denis is an Architect with some forty-five years?experience working in Architects' offices in Perth, Sydney, Cambridge, Edinburgh and Canberra. He is the director of LBW Architects Pty. Ltd., specialising in providing a personalised services to Clients seeking advice regarding smaller Architectural projects and energy efficiency. He has practised in Canberra for thirty-seven years.

Denis has been an energy rating assessor in A.C.T. and N.S.W. since the early days of operation of house energy rating schemes in both states, using FirstRate, NatHERS, AccuRate and BERS Pro programmes. He has attended specialised training and conferences, most recent being the ABSA Short Course in Building Thermal Performance (Residential) based on second generation NatHERS software and the Residential Sustainability Assessment course run by Archicentre (an enterprise of the Australian Institute of Architects).

Denis has completed hundreds of energy ratings in A.C.T. and N.S.W. for multi-unit and single residential projects, including advice regarding the most cost efficient means of achieving the required rating and is able to offer a quick turnaround for projects of any size.

 


Administrative and Technical Staff

 Chun Yin Wu  

Mr Chun Yin Wu

Chun Yin speaks fluent Cantonese and working Mandarin and completed his Bachelor of Engineering at the Australian National University in 2009, majoring in 'Manufacturing and Management Systems' and 'Material and Mechanical Systems'. Chun Yin gained extensive knowledge in Solidworks engineering programs during the design of a transferable vehicle hand control system for the disabled for his honours year project.

Chun Yin has gained experience in building energy simulation through a three-month internship at Beca Carter Hollings & Ferner (SE Asia) Pte Ltd in Singapore in 2008 where he was exposed to the field of sustainable and building engineering. He learned to use the energy modelling software - IES Virtual Environment and developed an understanding of a different Engineering Standard through the completion of engineering calculation and preparation of documents for building assessment.

Since joining Exemplary Energy Partners in 2011 he has broadened those skills to include energy modelling using DesignBuilder and EnergyPlus for commercial buildings and energy efficient products, and residential dwellings energy simulation using the primary NatHERS-compliant energy rating software AccuRate. He also uses THERM for modelling and imaging heat flow of fenestration systems and other building-related products/systems like insulated slab edges. He is licensed to use BERS Pro for House Energy Rating regulatory purposes with an ACT assessor license for proposed dwellings.

 


 Miao Wang  

Mr Miao Wang, M. Infor. Tech.

Miao (Chris) Wang is a final year student at the University of Canberra completing a Master of Information Technology degree. He recently joined Exemplary as an intern and has been trained in using software for weather file analysis for the production of climate and weather data. He will focus on rebuilding Exemplary's website and its SEO (Search Engine Optimization). In the future, he will build up and add more functions (applications) in the website to provide more convenience and assistance to our clients. If you have any suggestions or requests, please let us know.

His programming skills include C#, Java, VB.net. He also took the role of maintaining and updating the company's web using PHP and JavaScript.

 


In Memoriam

   

Dr Keith Garzoli, PhD, ME, BE(Mech.)

Dr Garzoli worked for the past 35 years in Energy Research and related engineering technologies, firstly in the CSIRO and, for the past 12 years, in a part-time capacity at the Australian National University. During his time at CSIRO he carried out extensive research into solar and renewable energy technologies and energy conservation technologies for buildings of all kinds. His Master's degree and Doctorate were both in these fields. He was awarded the International Horticultural Congress trust Award in 1982 and a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship in 1995. By the time he left CSIRO in 1989, he was Principal Research Scientist and Project Leader for CSIRO's Greenhouse Technologies project.

Since 1989, Dr Garzoli worked with the Energy Research Centre (ERC) at the Australian National University, for the past 7 years as Deputy Head of the ERC. Some of his research was in refrigeration and heat pump technology, renewable energy, energy conservation and energy storage. He continues to be involved in greenhouse technology, in particular in climate control and energy efficiency in greenhouse design and environment management, in geothermal heat pump technology, and in energy storage, using Phase Change Materials. For the past 8 years he was chairman of the International Society for Horticultural Science. He was an accredited Energy Auditor during the life of the Commonwealth Government's Enterprise Energy Audit Program.

Dr Garzoli succumbed to throat cancer late in 2010.

 


James Sunders Were, born 28 September 1929, died 20 March 2007 -- (photo September 2005)  

Mr Jim Were, , LM.ASHRAE1

Jim was a Building Services Engineer with wide experience in charge of design, supervision and installation of major projects in New Zealand, United Kingdom, North and West Africa and the Middle East. Jim was co-founder of Solar Aspect Ltd. formed in Cyprus to design, develop and produce high performance solar collectors and active hot water systems, refrigerant superheat reclaim systems, residential space heating and passive solar procedures.

In Australia from March 1986, Jim was involved in surveying and correcting the operation of troublesome air-conditioning systems in Commonwealth non-residential and ACT Education buildings, for optimum effectiveness and fuel efficiency, and contract administration of mechanical services installation in a Melbourne central business district high-rise.

Until the Program's termination, Jim Were was approved under the Enterprise Energy Audit Program to certify that energy audits undertaken by Energy Partners had been properly conducted. He was an experienced and accredited assessor for the ACT House Energy Rating Scheme (ACTHERS).

Obituary (pdf, 70k)

1 James Saunders Were, born 28 September 1929, died 20 March 2007, Life Member American Society for Heating, Refrigeration and Airconditioning Engineers

 


Past Interns

 Otto Lam Hello  

Mr Otto Lam Hello

Otto Hello has just finished his 3rd year of a Bachelor of Engineering at the Australian National University. He is majoring in Renewable Energy Systems and Sustainable Systems; both of which he has utilized in his role as a mentor in the AYCC (Australian Youth Climate Coalition) SOS (Switched on Schools) program. He has also been actively affiliated with KTK (Kids Teaching Kids) week as well as the international KTK conferences.

Otto is currently working at Exemplary as an intern and has since been trained in using climate software such as ClimateCypher to develop solar and other weather data for the full range of Australian regions including Quality Assurance checks on the resultant outputs. Otto started his internship by analysing trends in residential sales and rental data within the ACT; observing the relationship between Energy Efficiency Ratings (EER) and asking price within sales and rental offerings and the number of recorded EERs for rental listings. He was also responsible for designing the logo, brochure and promotional video for the new PV OptiMizer Android application and participated in its final stage beta testing and subsequent marketing.

 


 Fangwei Ding  

Mr Fangwei Ding

Fangwei is currently a 4th year engineering student in the Australian National University. He is majoring in Mechanical and Material Systems and Sustainable Systems. While studying at ANU, Fangwei familiarised himself with a range of different applications across different field such as Solidworks and ANSYS for mechanical engineering; Matlab, Python and C Language for computer programming; ArcGIS for environmental analysis.

During his studies, Fangwei has collaborated and worked with a number of different stakeholders including the ACT Architects Boards for building structure analysis and solving dwelling upgrade difficulties; ACT Macarthur House for construction supervision and sewage and stormwater management. He was involved in Green Star building design for Community@work in Canberra in the area of energy efficiency and waste management. Fangwei was also an event officer for the ANU International Student Department and had two part-time jobs during this period.

Fangwei recently joined Exemplary as an intern and has been trained in using EnergyPlus to analyse and understand the energy efficiency of different buildings. In collaboration with the CSIRO Oceans and Energy Flagship, he is also manipulating and analysing solar data from satellite observations and ground station measurements for comparative purposes. He is looking forward to obtain more useful skills from Exemplary and prepared for the challenging and exciting projects ahead of him.

 


 Maria Salazar  

Ms Maria Salazar

Maria is in her penultimate year of a Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Arts degree at the Australian National University, majoring in Renewable Energy, Sustainable Systems, and Environmental Studies. Throughout her studies, she has been involved in volunteer work for Engineers Without Borders (ACT Chapter) to raise awareness about humanitarian engineering, and RoboGals, through workshops to encourage young women to enter STEM fields.

Maria has engaged with various stakeholders such as A T Adams Consulting, where she applied technical engineering knowledge and research skills to produce the West Belconnen Ground Source Heat Pump Report 2014; and was awarded a Highly Commendable Certificate of Recognition from the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment, for assessment of, and alternatives for, intergenerational equity implementation in the ACT.

Maria started working at Exemplary Energy Partners as an intern in October 2015, and is currently working on the normalisation and analysis of climatic data for NSW, and using EnergyPlus and ASOLRAD to develop climate data sets. She is enthusiastic about future projects and learning more practical skills from Exemplary Energy Partners.