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Come and join us for an event and learn from the best South Australia has to offer in Passivhaus Design. Australian Passivhaus Association (APA) has joined forces with  Building Designers Association Australia (BDAA) to create an evening filled with the latest Passivhaus information and networking opportunities.The welcome will be presented by Alexia Lidas, CEO of the APA, Simon (Zemon) Samson, Director of Sustainabuilding PTY LTD and Chris Knierim, CEO of The Building Designers Association Australia.


Brett Aylen, Director of Brett Aylen Architecture, founder of Adelaide Sustainable Building Network (ASBN) and previous SA Chapter Leader APA, will provide an overview of:

  • The Passivhaus principles
  • A case study of a Passivhaus project in SA
  • An overview of the SA Passivhaus market

Zemon is carpenter by trade, building scientist by passion, and builder and designer by profession. He is in the final stages of completing Passivhaus that he designed and built himself as an owner-builder, where he now resides. Being involved in all aspects of building Passivhaus, from detailing and modeling to on-site execution and experiencing firsthand the “Lived-in” benefits of this type of construction, has given Zemon strong foundation in Passivhaus Design and Construction.

This will be followed by a discussion made up of 3 industry specialists and moderated by BDAA CEO, Chris Knierim, the panel includes:

  • Brett Aylen – Director of Brett Aylen Architecture
  • Jessica Allen – Technial Manager of Climasure
  • Simon (Zemon) Samson, Director of Sustainabuilding PTY LTD

The panel will discuss the following:

  • Opportunities for South Australia to adopt the Passivhaus Standard
  • How to get started building passivhaus projects

Chris will then address the gathering and make the closing remarks. Chris will also make a special announcement regarding the 2023 BDAA Design Festival.Finish the event with a burst of networking, drink and nibbles in the beautiful Caroma Showroom, one of Caroma’s foremost Experience Centers.


  • Date: 24 July
  • Time: 4pm – 6pm
  • Location: Caroma on The Parade, 49 The Parade, Norwood, SA