Designing for 7 Stars

Designing for 7 Stars
1 CPD NatHERS Technical

Designing for 7 Stars

24/06/2022 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (AEST)


'7 stars is more than enough'. 'Net Zero please'. 'A new approach is needed'.

Whatever your opinion, 7 stars is currently a central part of NCC 2022, and it’s time to discuss it. We will also explore solutions and ideas for achieving it. We present an industry, academic and government perspective on the impending move to a more energy efficient built environment. Come with questions, an open mind and prepare to be immersed in the future of sustainability.


Jeremy Spencer
Positive Footprints

For almost 20 years, Jeremy has been a registered builder, energy rater and director at design and build company Positive Footprints. Positive Footprints has won multiple awards for sustainability from Design Matters National, MBAV, HIA, and the National Sustainability Awards for which he is now a judge. His company has worked to show that energy-efficient sustainable design and Net-Zero homes are a cost-effective option and can be a mainstream reality.  Jeremy is founding member of Builders Declare, a group dedicated to raising the standard of building practice, and currently sits on the Design Matters National Board, the Sustainability TASC, and the NatHERS Stakeholder Consultative Group.

Debbie Bute
Energy Inspections

Debbie Bute is an accredited NatHERS assessor and currently works for Energy Inspection as the NatHERS General Software Manager and Leading Energy | ESD as their Technical Energy Compliance Manager. Energy Inspection owns BERS Pro NatHERS software which is accredited to be used to produce 6* house energy ratings in accordance with the NCC requirements.

Ian Fry
Frys Energywise

Ian Fry has been working within the residential building sector for over 35 years. Starting his career in the energy sector with the Australian Gas Light Company (AGL), before developing his sound understanding of the project builder business with the iconic builder AVJennings, then moving on to senior management roles at several building product companies. In 2008 Ian founded and now is the Director of Frys Energywise, specialising in delivering cost effective energy efficient compliance solutions to the Australian building industry. Ian is formally qualified in building & construction, thermal building assessment, Green Star and is an accredited NatHERS Assessor. Ian also sits on the National Technical Committee for Design Matters National.

Griff Morris
Founder of Solar Dwellings 

A strong believer in thinking globally and acting locally, Griff’s interest in the health and wellbeing of the planet and its inhabitants is expressed through his leading-edge design principles and completing over 800 designs since starting Solar Dwellings. Griff sits on the Environmental Planning Committee, the Technical Advisory Committee for the Housing Industry of WA and sat on the Technical Advisory Committee for the 2nd revision for the Your Home, the Australian government’s guide to environmentally sustainable homes.  Griff is also a board member of The Hunger Project State Development for WA, an organisation committed to the sustainable end of world hunger.  7 Starts should be easy for any reasonable designer or architect, with minor implications for the clients' budget. Passive and active solar design principles, coupled with good choice of building materials.


CPD Points: 1 NatHERS Technical CPD point. CPD will be recorded in Design Matters National Members' CPD Manager within 5 business days following the event.

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