I Rossiter SLB

In recent weeks BREAZE has been highly active with so many sustainability events, media opportunities and projects being planned. Last week ABC Regional Radio sought BREAZE's views on the changes to the domestic solar feed in tariff announced by the Essential Services Commission which come into effect on 1/7/17. This was a great opportunity to promote BREAZE's objectives of transitioning Ballarat to 100% renewable energy. Our members were active at the Smart Building and Living Expo providing advice and assistance to many visitors.

Read more: President's March Message

BREAZE has submitted an application to the New Energy Jobs Fund for the Bio-energy Briquette Supply Chain project.  This project will prepare a business case for a briquette supply chain, based in the Ballarat area, that uses waste wood & sawdust to make briquettes and subsequently uses those briquettes for commercial and industrial processes.  The application is for $71,140 which will be match with a $69,840 in-kind contribution from project partners, BREAZE, BRI, PINARC and Federation University.  BREAZE is also contributing $2,500 in cash to the project.

The key objectives of this project are to

  • design systems for the transport, manufacture and distribution of briquettes and their associated feed stock;
  • establish fixed & variable costs, as well as break even points & sell prices, for briquettes;
  • demonstrate how existing heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems can be converted to run on briquettes;
  • clarify labour inputs associated with these processes and the extent of new job creation
  • facilitate knowledge sharing of the findings.

We are currently looking at several other oppurtunities.    If you woulkd like to help in this process please let us know.

I Rossiter SLB

In recent weeks BREAZE has been highly active with so many sustainability events, media opportunities and projects being planned. Last week ABC Regional Radio sought BREAZE's views on the changes to the domestic solar feed in tariff announced by the Essential Services Commission which come into effect on 1/7/17. This was a great opportunity to promote BREAZE's objectives of transitioning Ballarat to 100% renewable energy. Our members were active at the Smart Building and Living Expo providing advice and assistance to many visitors.

Read more: President's March Message

BREAZE is again supporting the Smart Building and Living Expo

BREAZE - Ask an Expert

10:00am - 3:30pm Sunday 26th February

at Royal Park  (cnr Hedrick and Warrenheip Streets) Buninyong

Our experts this year include:

  • Peter Reid - Electric Cars
  • Matt Turner - Sustainable Building Design
  • Michele Harvie - Renovating using recycled and sustainable materials
  • John Morgan - Zero Emissions Building Design

BREAZE members will also be around all day to help answer questions.   

Simon Reid will be representing BREAZE Energy Solutions to help you with questions regarding Solar Power, Solar Hot Water, Heat Pump Hot Water and Wood-Fired Hot Water.

10:30 -11:30 Peter ReidReid Peter


Retired Engineer
Interests: Peter is an engineer who has worked on smart metering since the 1990’s. He was involved in the roll out of smart meters in Victoria in 2009 and 2010.
Topic: Electric Cars – a way to reduce blackouts
Peter will discuss a number of topics including how electric cars can reduce blackouts, range anxiety, principles of electric car design and the use of car batteries as grid storage

11:30 -12:30 Matt Turnerthumb Matt Turner


Registered Building Designer, Honours Degree in Architecture
Interests: 13 years experience designing thermally and energy efficient homes throughout the cool-temperate climate of Central Victoria.
Topic: General Sustainable Building Design, residential and commercial

12:30 -1:30 Break for Auction

1:30 - 2:30 Michele HarvieMichele Harvie

Book-keeper and Environmentalist
Interests: Dealing with Climate Change and Sustainable Living
Topic: Renovating using recycled and sustainable materials

Michele has spent the past four years renovating her family home at LaL Lal. Much of the time was spent investigating and resourcing suitable materials in the Ballarat area . This includes structural materials timber, new & recycled, windows, insulation, floorboards, environmentally friendly floor polishing, LED lighting, wet-back gravity feed hot water & 100% Self-sufficient rain water system.  The house was renovated as an Owner Builder, it has all its certifications including an Occupancy Certificate, with the major work carried out by hiring a her builder at an hourly rate and Michele Project Managing and working as the ‘laborer’ (along with at times the rest of the family).

2:30 -3:30 John MorganJohnMorgan2


Retired teacher. Advanced certificate in Renewable Energy Technology. Lectured at NMIT on renewable energy specialising in micro hydro and hybrid power systems.
Interests: Designed , built and lived in in four different houses
Topic : Zero Emissions Building Design

  • 1976 - an extensive renovation to an old timber house such that it used negligible energy from the grid (and gas was not used).
    This house was destroyed by fire in 1981.
  • 1982 - a new house was designed and built with even more low energy features.
  • 1992 - a reverse brick veneer house was developed in the bush near Daylesford. It was a zero emissions house powered by solar and
    hydro. In 1998, this property was the site of the first Sustainable Living Festival.
  • 2008 - I now live in another reverse brick veneer, zero emissions house at Lexton.

This year the expo has a focus on electric vehicles and hybrids, with owners displaying their modified cars, and brand name cars, bikes and motorcycles.  BREAZE memebrs are among them!
See the Buninyong Village Market, food stalls so you can come for lunch, free fun actitivties for the kids, as well as all the usual sustainability products, building and design advice, local groups, local plants, local landcare.... it goes on and on!

 2017 SBAL Expo post card

Søren HermansenDanish Farmer and internationally-renowned renewable energy pioneer Søren Hermansen is set to visit Ballarart thanks to Hepburn Wind Farm, Committee for Ballarat and the Coalition for Community Energy (C4CE).

Søren’s visit will share how his island community Samso successfully delivered a 100% renewable transition in a 10 year period and have built an Energy Academy to support this.

Read more: Community Renewable Energy Public Forum 23 Feb 2017
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