Leading experts presenting at this conference include:

  Ben Liley
With a background that ranges from theoretical physics to sheep farming, Ben Liley is an atmospheric scientist at New Zealand's National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research site at Lauder in Central Otago. The station measures atmospheric composition and solar radiation by a variety of methods, and Ben studies the effect of clouds, aerosol, and atmospheric gases on solar radiation. Measuring and understanding the flux of solar radiation through the atmosphere is essential for models of climate and atmospheric chemistry and for predicting the effects on humans and their environment. Ben has developed methods to assess available solar energy, and combined this with other climate data in support of tools to assess energy demands of the built environment. He has recently undertaken a major revision of the climate data files used in the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme for the Australian Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.
Session supported by DCCEE

Paul Bannister, M.AIRAH
Dr Paul Bannister is Managing Director of Exergy Australia Pty Ltd, one of Australia’s leading energy efficiency consultancies. Paul has extensive experience in the assessment of energy efficiency in commercial buildings, both in new design and in operation. He is also the key technical developer of the NABERS Energy and Water rating systems. 

Ania Hampton, M.AIRAH
Ania Hampton B.Eng(Mech)(Hons), is an ESD Consultant experienced in a wide range of projects, including healthcare, community, residential and commercial. Ania founded Hampton Sustainability in 2009 with the aim of designing practical, cost-effective sustainable buildings.


Ian Swain
Ian Swain has been employed by DCCEE for the last 4 years focusing on building sustainability policy and energy modelling software. Ian holds a Masters degree in environmental science, with a previous academic career researching and teaching in Canberra’s universities. Ian has also worked for the building and consulting industries and has a long history of involvement with community-based environmental initiatives.


Jonathan Dalton
Jonathan Dalton is the Technical Director at Viridis, an environmental consultancy organisation specialising in green buildings and supporting sustainable living and working. As a mechanical engineer, Jonathan has extensive experience in the design, construction and commissioning of building services, and is recognised as one of Australia’s leading advisers on environmental rating tools for buildings.

Veronica Soebarto
Veronica Soebarto is an Associate Professor at the School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, The University of Adelaide. She teaches and conducts research in the areas of sustainable design, environmental performance of buildings, as well as building simulation and monitoring.

Graham Carter, M.AIRAH
Graham Carter is Sustainable Design Manager, Design, at Lend Lease. Graham is trained as a mechanical engineer in Canada and has worked in the area of low energy and environmental building design for 20 years. Simulation has informed this work throughout his career with particular focus on verifying real world outcomes against simulation predictions and design intent.

PC Thomas, Affil.AIRAH
PC Thomas specialises in integrated building design; using simulation tools to assist in the design and delivery of sustainable buildings, in particular, in predicting the performance of the mechanical services. He has a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering, followed by 25 years consulting, research and teaching experience in sustainable buildings, building energy simulation, energy auditing, energy efficiency in buildings, and solar energy.

Zofia Kuypers
Zofia Kuypers B.Eng (Env)(Hons) is a Technical Manager at the Green Building Council of Australia. Zofia has an ESD Engineering background with extensive experience in all aspects of sustainable building design.

  Erica Kenna, M.AIRAH
Erica Kenna, BE (Hons), is a senior consultant at Exergy Australia, where she works to improve the energy efficiency of all types of non-residential buildings at all phases of the building life-cycle. In her role as a design reviewer for the NABERS Commitment Agreement process, Erica reviews many building simulations. She aims to assist project teams to extract maximum value from simulation, as a tool for design analysis, risk management and performance monitoring.