Why work with us?

CLIMATE FOCUS

We’ll work with you to understand the ways you can make your house warm and comfortable all year round.

We fine tune your home for maximum warmth in winter, cooling breezes in summer, plus healthy and sun-powered energy all year round.

WE DON’T JUST TICK BOXES

We start from the basics, not just compliance:

  •  Reducing energy use through house design
  • Reducing energy use through your energy systems and appliance choices
  • Generating your energy through solar power systems
  • Making sure you can use the free energy you are generating

We help people design energy abundant homes, not just tick boxes.

WE’RE SOLUTIONS ORIENTED

We’ve optimised hundreds of homes, so we understand the ins and outs of legislation and the mechanics of building materials.

When there’s a barrier to compliance, we find solutions that others won’t think of.

SUPERERIOR PERFORMANCE

We use the thermal modelling process together with our industry experience, to optimise the comfort and energy use of buildings.

Just like a mechanic tuning the engine of a car, we tune the specifications of your build for cost-effective thermal performance.

WE ARE EXPERTS

We’re thermal performance assessors, but we’re also energy engineers and scientists.

That means we aim to understand the energy demands of buildings from first principles, and ensure our solutions are practical and fit-for-purpose.

WE LIVE IN A COOL CLIMATE TOO

We are Canberra and cool climate Australia specialists.

Cool climates in Australia can be nippy, but your home doesn’t have to be.

About the Powerhaus team

We’re an inspired and driven team, passionate about sustainability.

Our team of assessors, engineers and scientists are dedicated to empowering architects, designers, building professionals and homeowners.

Andrew is one of Canberra’s leading energy efficiency experts. He has been the director of PowerHaus – previously AJP Engineering – for eleven years, working to improve the energy efficiency of Canberra’s buildings. Andy’s personal mission is to improve the way we use energy.

After project managing multi-million dollar mine expansions in regional Australia, Andrew felt compelled to turn his engineering skills to a more sustainable objective and reduce energy use.

After many conversations with people both inside and outside my industry, I realised there was a great opportunity to apply my background in thermodynamics and applied engineering to tackle energy reduction in buildings, and climate change.

Andrew specialised in renewable energy and sustainable building design, with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and a Bachelor of Science. He trained through the Australian Building Sustainability Association as an energy assessor and applied his engineering knowledge to the thermal systems of buildings. He has undertaken energy-efficiency ratings for over 1,000 Canberra homes, undertaken 350 energy-efficiency home retrofits as part of the ACT Government’s Actsmart Home Energy Outreach Program, and provided expert advice to the Australian Government YourHome program and ACT Government public housing renewal program.

Andrew is committed to creating houses that use less energy: he has turned a standard brick-veneer 1970s Canberra home from an energy rating of 1.5 stars into a high-performing house of more than 7 stars, on a tiny budget. One of my key roles is to understand the problems people building homes are facing, and to set the goalposts and vision for where we’re heading, and to stay focused on solutions to the challenges of energy use in buildings. 40{79051017feef4f5ff944d10cc916092b24ee4afe247e0d33115042d116ff4652} of all energy used happens in buildings so there’s a real opportunity to have a big impact and make a difference.

After training in architectural drafting in 2012, Lisa worked with leading Canberra architect Adam Hobill for 7 years. Lisa brings a passion for detail and better homes and has detailed knowledge of the building design and approvals process. Lisa loves internal spaces, how to organise smaller homes and has a detailed understanding of how energy efficiency requirements and interior design intersect.

Moving forward I see that in an ideal world we would see homes with a smaller footprint, better use of space, more green building materials. Every home would have a well-sealed thermal envelope and mandatory HVRC for continual ventilation, on-site water storage and PV panels with battery storage.
I believe we need to bring together all the information available for everyone to access – standard construction details per climate with dew point calculations for all basic wall types some std construction details per climate zone to reduce thermal bridging and to make this science accessible to all. It is not hard.

Matt Godfrey is an electrical engineer with a background in semiconductor device design and electrical device testing. He is passionate about clean energy technologies and deployment to help the electricity grid to transition to a cheaper, renewable future.

He currently lives in Bermagui, on the NSW South Coast, after moving from where he was working in San Francisco for the previous 5 years. He arrived in 2020 to help family in Cobargo rebuild after the 2020 bushfires.

Hannah is a science communicator with an accounting background, working across climate change and communication, data and design throughout her career. After her Master of Arts, Hannah joined the Department of Climate Change and worked across a variety of teams covering international negotiations, adapting to climate change and tracking Australian emissions. Her favourite projects were helping CSIRO develop toolkits to help people prepare for climate change and working with the Climate Council to develop information and reports on climate impacts.

I love feeling that my work is aligned with my values–that I am contributing to a better world. I also love spaces, I love how a well-designed, warm and inviting space can make you feel. I think people underestimate how soul-satisfying it is to come home on a crisp, chilly winter’s eve to a house that is warm and full of light.

Meet our team

Powerhaus team

Andrew Pickard – Founder

Founder and Director, B.Sc, B.Eng (Mech) (Hons)

Lisa Lockey – Energy Efficiency Consultant

Business Operations and Energy Efficiency Consultant, Dip. Arch Drafting

Matt Godfrey – Solutions Development Engineer

Solutions Development Engineer, B.Phys

Hannah Angus – Impact & Communications

Co-Founder and Impact B.Acc, MA, Dip. Graphic Design

Ansar Pervaiz – Thermal Performance Engineer

Thermal Performance Engineer, B.Eng

Jess Denny – Thermal Performance Assessor

Dip. Arch Drafting, Cert IV Home Energy Assessment

Jarrad Anderson – Thermal Performance Assessor

Cert IV Home Energy Assessment

Tania Hannaford – Thermal Performance Assessor, Town Planner

Cert IV Home Energy Assessment

Powerhaus team

Andrew Pickard – Founder

Founder and Director, B.Sc, B.Eng (Mech) (Hons)

Lisa Lockey – Energy Efficiency Consultant

Business Operations and Energy Efficiency Consultant, Dip. Arch Drafting

Matt Godfrey – Solutions Development Engineer

Solutions Development Engineer, B.Phys

Hannah Angus – Impact & Communications

Co-Founder and Impact B.Acc, MA, Dip. Graphic Design

Ansar Pervaiz – Thermal Performance Engineer

Thermal Performance Engineer, B.Eng

Jess Denny – Thermal Performance Assessor

Dip. Arch Drafting, Cert IV Home Energy Assessment

Jarrad Anderson – Thermal Performance Assessor

Cert IV Home Energy Assessment

Tania Hannaford – Thermal Performance Assessor, Town Planner

Cert IV Home Energy Assessment

Leadership team

Jess Denny

Founder and Director

We believe every building has the opportunity to change lives

Not only by creating a space that is safe, healthy and inspiring, but by becoming a climate change solution. In the Powerhaus vision:

  • Buildings are comfortable year round, heating and cooling themselves
  • People are comfortable and happy in their homes
  • We relieve people of the stress of energy bills and uncomfortable homes
  • Buildings are power generators year round
  • People are safe and resilient to catastrophic climate events like fire and high rainfall
  • Our homes have a positive contribution to solving climate change

Powerhaus Engineering is dedicated to creating homes that power themselves. Our passion is using data and innovation to build smarter and with bigger impact. We empower you with the tools and levers to balance cost, comfort and carbon.

Andrew Pickard, Founder and Director
Image of Andrew Pickard, Powerhaus founder

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