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Exemplary Energy Partners Capabilities Statement

Directors

Trevor Lee, Executive Director
David Ferrari, Managing Director


Associates

Hongsen Zhang
Martin Leadbeater
William Logie
Peter Lyons
Les Winton
Chun Yin Wu
Miao Wang
Masoume Mahmoodi
Anir Upadhyay

 

 

Technical and Administrative Staff

Graham Anderson
Steffan Kosky
Naman Jain
Nihal Hameed
Chithral Kodagoda Manujaya


Interns

James Henderson
Glenn James
Dario Tarquini
Jean Tan


In Memoriam

Keith Garzoli
Jim Were


Past Interns

Fangwei Ding
Maria Salazar
Otto Lam Hello Nathan Ahameed


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, the Australasian Section of the International Solar Energy Society, ISES) (now called the Smart Energy Council, SEC) 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, CEC). 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 $6.8 billion (31 March 2022), 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 efficiency rating (EER) 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 (ASRDH) 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. By 2015 this had expanded to 201 and by 2021 to 250. locations in ACDB (NatHERS), TMY2 and EPW formats with custom formats catered for as well.

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.

Trevor is now the Managing Director of Exemplary Investments Pty Ltd which trades as Exemplary Energy in the energy management consultancy space, specialising in developing generic (Reference Meteorological Years, RMYs) and specialised weather and climate data for building and energy system simulation projects. These include Real Time (Meteorological) Years (RTYs), P10 and P90 extreme meteorological years and Ersatz Future Meteorological Years (EFMYs).

April 2022

 


 David Ferrari  

David Ferrari (BEng, BSc, PhD), Managing Director

Dr Dave Ferrari is an engineer with a long-held interest in the energy transition, having spent the best part of two decades working in government, industry and academia to address the challenges of that transition and support urgently needed change. He first worked with Exemplary as an undergraduate intern in 2003 and now makes a welcome return.

In 2009 he was awarded a PhD in Engineering from the Australian National University for his work on free-form geometric feature recognition for knowledge management. He also holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Sustainable Energy Systems), Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) and is a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP).

 


Associates

 

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.

In 2022 Will completed his doctorate at the ANU for his research into the Structural Integrity of High Temperature Solar Thermal Receivers

 


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).

 


Technical and Administrative Staff

 Graham Anderson  

Graham Anderson

Graham Anderson has recently joined the Exemplary team after returning to Canberra after a long absence. He was well known to the Exemplary team when it was a part of Energy Strategies Pty Ltd a decade ago. His first assignment is to tackle the statistical analysis of half-hourly precipitation data to allow the best possible alignment of that data for the full period 1990 to 2019 even in the earlier years when only daily rainfall data was being manually collected on a 24 hours to 9:00 AM basis. Here he describes his skills and experience which are being applied to that task.

The motivation behind my focus on greenhouse gas emissions measurement, reporting and verification (MRV), is the maxim that to manage a thing you have to measure it. To achieve emissions reductions requires (among many things), measurement and reporting of progress.

 


 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.

Chris has recently earned the title of Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) in the Business Applications division. He is currently working in Accenture as a Consultant to help organisations to achieve a paperless office environment. He is working at the front line with Fortune 500 companies in China and assisting these enterprises to localise their organisation by using Microsoft technologies.He has developed a rich experience in Microsoft Technologies not only on web development but also enterprise level business applications.

He also constantly assists Exemplary Energy Partners to generate monthly real time weather data and maintain the in-house software and website along with disseminating its monthly newsletter, "Exemplary Advances".

 


 Hongsen Zhang  

Hongsen Zhang

Hongsen Zhang, M. Eng., M.AIRAH, is an energy efficiency consultant with 20 years of academic and industry experience and is one of Australia’s leading building energy simulators. He utilises simulation techniques to support energy audits, energy monitoring programs and control and operational reviews, and contribute to energy efficiency policy.

He has published 17 peer reviewed papers in the field of HVAC and energy efficiency in buildings and was awarded the Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) W.R. Ahern Award for the Best Technical Paper in 2018.

 


 Masoume Mahmoodi  

Masoume Mahmoodi

Our team has grown with the joining of Masoume as a Software Analyst with us. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Australian National University (ANU) specializing in Renewable Energy Integration in Distribution Power Systems under the supervision of Prof Lachlan Blackhall.

She has attained her bachelors and masters in Electrical Engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology (AUT), Tehran, Iran. She has also worked as a power market expert in Iran Grid Management Company (IGMC) and now has a role in tutoring undergraduate and masters student engineers at ANU. Her insights in Systems Modelling and her skills in computer programming, especially in MATLAB and PYTHON, will be valued greatly here at Exemplary, especially as a complement to our intern Nihal Abdul Hameed (introduced to you in our 2020 January edition) in our project to statistically analyse precipitation data in particular.

 


 Anir Upadhyay  

Anir Upadhyay

Exemplary is teaming up with Dr Anir Upadhyay (Architecture UNSW) to analyse the spatial variation in greater Metropolitan Sydney of weather and climate patterns. This work is focused on its impact on residential buildings energy and comfort performance with specific reference to Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) but it will have much wider application.

It will be based on the 11 automatic weather stations (AWS) maintained by the BoM and also data from Macquarie University, UNSW, UTS and the network of stations run by the Environment, Energy and Sciencedivision of the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.

 


 Naman Jain  

Naman Jain

Naman Jain has recently joined the growing Exemplary team as an Intern. He is currently pursuing his postgraduate studies in Renewable Energy from the Australian National University (ANU). A Mechanical and Automation Engineer at heart, he has done his undergraduate studies at Amity University, Noida in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India. He has also worked as a sales representative for a Brisbane based solar company.

With his passion to be part of the green energy revolution to curtail, if not reverse, climate change with the help of innovative approaches in engineering, he has already shown himself to be of great value at Exemplary.

 


 Chithral Kodagoda Manujaya  

Chithral Kodagoda Manujaya

The team at Exemplary has expanded with the addition of two new interns from the Australian National University (ANU). This edition we would like to introduce you to Chithral Kodagoda Manujaya. Chithral is currently in his final semester of Masters of Engineering in Renewable Energy at the ANU.

He completed his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering at Anna University, Chennai, India, in 2016 and then worked as a project engineer in the Solar division of Fentons Pvt. Ltd., Sri Lanka, for two years. During this period he was involved in all phases of installation and commissioning of commercial PV systems. With over 2 MW of PV installed capacity under his belt and his interest in renewable energy, his experiences will be valued greatly here at Exemplary.

 


 Dario Tarquini  

Dario Tarquini

Dario is currently in his final year of a Master of Engineering in Sustainable Energy at RMIT. During his time at the University of Pisa, in Italy – where he studied a BSc and MSc in Chemical and Process Engineering – Dario familiarised himself with different pieces of technology such as LaTeX, ANSYS Fluent, Autocad, Matlab, EnergyPlus and HOMER. During his studies, Dario also competed as a professional Beach Volleyball athlete and gained technical expertise working as a teaching assistant for Industrial Process Control System Security at the University of Pisa.

Being passionate about energy efficiency and the energy transition and committed to mitigating climate change, Dario is thrilled to be a part of the Exemplary Energy team as an Intern Engineer and Analyst.

 


James Henderson  

James Henderson

James is in his final year of a Bachelor of Engineering (Electronic & Communication Systems) and a Bachelor of Information Technology at ANU. He recently completed his Honours Thesis on privacy issues in the offline finding feature of the Samsung Find My Mobile app. During the project, he used a variety of investigation methods to find weaknesses in the application and identify security issues which have since been reported to Samsung and the findings are expected to be released after Samsung have been given the appropriate amount of time to prepare a patch.

He completed his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering at Anna University, Chennai, India, in 2016 and then worked as a project engineer in the Solar division of Fentons Pvt. Ltd., Sri Lanka, for two years. During this period he was involved in all phases of installation and commissioning of commercial PV systems. With over 2 MW of PV installed capacity under his belt and his interest in renewable energy, his experiences will be valued greatly here at Exemplary.

James is passionate about environmental and sustainability issues, having spent time in Nepal with Engineers without Borders designing sustainable engineering solutions for rural communities.

 


 Jean Tan  

Jean Tan

Jean is currently undertaking a Master of Engineering in Sustainable Energy at RMIT. She was previously awarded a Bachelor of Engineering (with honours) from the University of Western Australia, majoring in Applied Ocean Science. She worked as a maritime engineer at a multidisciplinary consulting firm in Perth, where she was involved in various aspects of coastal and offshore structure design and analysis on projects for local and international clients.

Jean then lived overseas for 12 years, before returning to Australia in recent years to settle in Melbourne with her family. She is an environmentalist with a drive to help develop a more sustainable world for future generations, and is excited to join the team at Exemplary Energy as an Engineering Intern.

 


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.