Webinar focused on the theme ‘Low Carbon Housing’, hosted by the UniSA Research Node for Low Carbon Living.

About this Event

This forum series provides an opportunity for industry, government and the community to engage with the UniSA Node (the Research Node for Low Carbon Living) and to connect with each other. It is a way to bring organisations with carbon challenges together with organisations with low carbon solutions. The Industry Friends Forums are designed as networking events and we encourage participants to connect virtually or in person if restrictions allow following this event to share ideas and experiences relating to a low carbon built environment.

Theme: Low Carbon Housing


Josh Byrne, Director, JBA, Research Fellow Curtin University & CRC LCL

Mainstream Net Zero Energy Housing

Dr Josh Byrne is an environmental scientist with a national profile as a consultant, researcher and communicator in urban sustainability. Well known for his role as the WA presenter on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia, Josh is also an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow with Curtin University’s School of Design and the Built Environment where he has led national research projects in high performance housing and low carbon residential precincts. Over the past 6 years, Josh has done a deep dive into mainstreaming net zero energy homes in the Australian volume housing market. His research has spanned traditional detached housing, as well as medium density, mixed typology residential developments across the country. In this presentation, Josh discusses where his research started, the role of the CRC for Low Carbon Living and the outcomes.

Jessica Wood, Communications & Community, Nightingale Housing

Nightingale Housing: carbon neutral housing, at-cost

Jessica leads communications and community engagement for Nightingale Housing. She also holds a Bachelor of Design from RMIT and is pursuing a Masters of Architecture at the University of Melbourne. She has taught into the RMIT Interior Design program since 2015. Jessica’s presentation looks at the ways in which better housing outcomes in our cities can support us to lead low carbon lifestyles, through the example of the work of Nightingale Housing. Nightingale Housing is leading a housing revolution in our cities with their pursuit of homes which are socially, financially and environmentally sustainable. Steering away from high tech solutions, this new model for medium density housing places attention back on the potential for architectural design and strong partnerships to find low carbon outcomes that are more affordable equitable and support community to grow in place.

Geraldine Petit, Studio Lead/Design Construct Specialist, SUHO

Building a 10 star home and beyond

Géraldine obtained a Master of Art in Architecture in 2007 from the polytechnic school of Lausanne (Switzerland). Working across Europe and Australia for the past decade, Géraldine has first-hand experience in delivering high performance housing and the collaborative approach required to build to international standards. Her technical knowledge has promoted cleaner and healthier construction processes, passive energy use and creating an encompassing shelter for humans to live in harmony with the environment. Within SUHO, as a Lead- Construction Design Specialist, she actively participates to provide support for the Australian transition to a more resilient and sustainable built environment. This presentation will give you an overview of the work done by the SUHO team to achieve a 10 star building and provides reflective lessons from the design and construction process of Adelaide’s first 10-star home.

Brett Aylen, Director, Brett Aylen Architecture

Low Carbon Homes designed using Passivhaus principles

Brett Aylen is an eco-architect who designs homes that combine energy efficient living with comfortable modern lifestyles. Brett’s twenty plus years of industry experience underpins his grasp of sustainability at all levels, from the dynamics of people and communities to the design and construction of climate responsive energy efficient healthy homes. In Brett’s presentation he will talk about the evolution of his designs starting with solar passive design and developing his understanding further by studying the Passivhaus standard. Brett showcases exemplars where he has applied Passivhaus principles to houses in South Australia.


The live Q&A with all speakers as a panel will take place at the end of the presentations and we ask you to please submit your questions in advance. There will also be an opportunity to submit questions to the webinar host during the event and we will attempt to feature as many questions as time permits.

Please note that this forum is delivered as an online webinar via Zoom, due to the current COVID-19 restrictions.

CPD Pointsa

The Green Building Council of Australia, the Australian Institute of Architects and the Planning Institute of Australia have confirmed that members will be eligible to accrue/claim the following:

  • Green Star Accredited Professionals – Sustainable Development CPD points
  • Architects – Informal CPD points
  • Planners – CPD points

Register online.