Trevor Berrill (M. Env.Ed., Dip. Mech. Eng., Cert. Energy Manmgt.)

Trevor is an award winning educator and systems consultant with over 30years experience in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Course Content:

The topics covered include:

  • Energy efficient internal fittings/appliances & energy auditing,
  • Energy efficient building design,
  • Solar electricity and solar water heating,
  • Rain water harvesting and grey water reuse.

Feedback from previous course attendees

“Brilliant! Very practical.”

“I found the course to be invaluable in filling in the details about different aspects of sustainable houses that I have been researching. The information was unbiased and has given me lots to think about.”

“Very informative – good to hear from someone with both technical expertise and real life experience.”


Sustainable Homes Course Program

Day 1

Session No. Time Content
1 9:00 Welcome and Program Objectives / Introductions
2 9:15 Big Picture: Energy demand and use in the home – where it all goes? Impacts & Solutions  (Personal,  Govt/Industry,  Investment)
3 9:45 The Energy Audit – measuring energy usage of appliances, understanding your energy bills.
10:30 Break
10:45 Energy efficient appliances – what to look for?
4 11:30 Energy efficient building design – the key elements: insulation, orientation, glazing, shading, thermal mass, ventilation and landscaping.
12:30 Lunch
5 1:15 Solar water heating – system types, sizing, costs, performance and booster control, installation issues.
7 14:30 Workshop – Answers to common questions
15:30 Finish

Day 2

Session No. Time Content
1 9:00 Grid Connected PV Systems –system types, components, size, performance, costs, installation issues.
2 10:00 Rain water systems – water demand, conservation and management, rain water tank configurations (Aust. Standards) and system components, pollutant sources, optimising tank size to demand, rainfall and roof area.
3 10:30 Break
10:45 Rain water systems – continued
4 11:15 Grey water systems – key safety issues, system types, regulations, costs.
5 12:00 Putting it all together Workshop – Answers to common questions
13:00 Finish

Sustainable Homes Course Registration
Bookings are essential – email

Max. Number of participants – 9
Min. Number of participants – 6
Location: 29 Burnett St. (Cnr Edith St.) Wellington Point
(5 mins from Train Station)
Saturday 10 Dec, 9am to 3.30pm
Sunday, 11 Dec, 9am to 1pm
Saturday 21 Jan, 9am to 3.30pm
Sunday, 22 Jan, 9am to 1pm


Cost: $150 per person (payment 1 week in advance on-line banking transfer – details provided upon registration email)
Please arrive 15 minutes early to register on the first day. (i.e. 8-45am)
Morning and afternoon teas provided.