Baw Baw Sustainability Network

Delivering Practical Assessments

Energise Gippsland is proudly partnered with the Baw Baw Sustainability Network (BBSN) to deliver practical assessments, advice and services to households and small businesses.

This service is great for people looking to improve new and old houses. It can also provide advice for renters, those thinking about building new homes and larger businesses who are seeking advice on where to start.

All the assessors are Scorecard Accredited by the Victorian Government and can provide a wide range of services.

Baw Baw Sustainability Network

Meet the Assessors


Malcolm has been passionate about home energy efficiency since he was a teenager. As well as working in the home energy assessment field, he’s a part time GP at Yarragon Medical Centre.


Michele is a building designer, drafts-person and energy rater. She has been passionate about designing and building solar passive, energy efficient and comfortable homes for many years.


Rhys has worked on energy efficiency projects for businesses in Melbourne and in regional Victoria. He is the recommended energy auditor for the Energy Innovation Co-operative in South Gippsland.

Frequently Asked Questions

The typical Victorian household spends around $2,800 a year on gas and electricity. Studies have shown the average saving achieved with reasonable upgrades is $1,400 a year. Also in the Australian Capital Territory, where it is mandatory to display the energy efficiency of homes for sale or rent, for each extra star rating an extra 3% on the sale price is achieved.
You should allow around 3 hours for the assessment but it may be less or more than that depending on the size of your home.
Some assessments can now be done completely online over a video call and you will need to be home for this. If it is in person though you’ll need to be there at the start of the assessment and at the end to discuss the results. You are not required for the data collection part of the process if an assessor in coming to your house.
An important part of our service is being able to refer you to trusted suppliers of the various upgrade options. We have visited each of the suppliers on our list and sought evidence of their reputation for service, value for money and customer satisfaction. Of course you are under no obligation to use any of them. We receive no financial gain from any of these suppliers. Some of them may reward you with a discount by mentioning the referral through our service. Although we have taken care to select these suppliers, we provide no warranty in relation to them, including any warranty as to features, performance or fitness for the purpose of their goods or services.


I wish I had known about this service years ago! Whilst I love my 1913 timber home visually, it has been hot and cold to live in throughout the years and I just put up with it. Thanks to Malcolm I have a checklist to work on and am on to number 3. Already I can feel the extra snugness. Thanks so much Malcolm and the Energise Gippsland team!
Gail Noble
September 2, 2019

A scorecard assessment showed our home was energy efficient however we find it feels cold in winter and hot in summer. Malcolm showed us where the draughts were and that our ceiling insulation isn’t as good as we thought it was – there were holes in the insulation that we didn’t know were there. This part of the assessment was the most useful and the reason we opted for a scorecard. Now we know what to tackle to improve our comfort. Thanks Malcolm.
Chris Marks
May 27, 2019

I am very glad I signed up for the Scorecard. I am a single, female age pensioner who plans to live in my small old fibro home for as long as possible with a small nest egg to future-proof my house. The Scorecard has shown me the way forward through a mass of technical data and possibilities. It has also helped me to prioritise my spending. There has been guidance around appliance choice as well as suggestions about future spending. Most of all Malcolm and Rhys have been helpful, approachable, happy to share their knowledge and have both offered support in moving forward. I feel very empowered by the experience. Lots to do and more to think about! Thanks guys!
Eleanor McDonald
April 15, 2019

Malcolm was extremely knowledgeable, down to earth, and helpful. Took the time to explain thoroughly. I got lots of useful tips, small and large. As I live in public housing I was not surprised at what was lacking, but also cheered up by the steps I could take to improve it. Very much appreciate the time, money provided and the info. Excellent!!!!
Kerin Fogarty
June 5, 2019

I was surprised the outcome was positive in terms of giving me knowledge for how to improve my home that I thought was too terrible to make a difference.
James Allen
May 11, 2019

Greatly appreciate the time and effort of both Malcolm and Rhys to provide an energy efficiency audit and scorecard for our home. I wasn’t surprised the the house performed poorly, but it is good to document it and draw a line in the sand to use as a baseline. I appreciate the advice given and the report provided, inclusive of recommended suppliers and service providers that will be a great resource as we tackle the priority list in the future to ensure we get greatest return on our effort and expenditure, Thanks Energise Gippsland.
Chris Judd
April 1, 2019

Rhys was thorough and detailed in our assessment and gave us some good insight into ways we can improve the efficiency of our home. It was valuable to hear how the tool rated our house but also to hear from Rhys’ professional experience as an energy auditor. Now that we have a plan of action we’re ready to get to work! Thanks Rhys.
Sarah Smethurst
March 23, 2019

A scorecard energy Assessment was provided very professionally by Malcolm. We found the information enlightening although not totally surprised to have our suspicions validated. We have commenced with most of the recommendations – still awaiting an energy bill but we do expect to see a cost savings The process of this assessment, in light of the increasing cost of energy, is affordable and very thoroughly undertaken. Thank you all.
Grace Smith
March 8, 2019

Mal did a Scorecard Energy Assessment for us and we were amazed to find out how much energy was leaking from our house and costing us money. We have made the changes he suggested and we have seen a drop in our energy bills already! Thanks Mal and the Team at Energise Gippsland.
Sharon Kennedy
November 26, 2018