Consultancy & Research

MEFL has worked in the consultancy and research space for a decade, working across:

We also provide professional development in these disciplines.

Partners and clients

We work with a lot of amazing partners and clients, including:

  • Local, state and federal government, departments and authorities
  • Households and businesses
  • Property developers
  • Research organisations
  • Community and industry organisations

We have a highly skilled and experienced multi-disciplinary team including community engagement specialists, policy and strategy experts, building design, planning specialists and engineers.

Contact us

If you think MEFL could assist with your project or for more information on MEFL’s services please contact Gavin Ashley.


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Council-led Energy Innovation Project

MEFL worked with the Centroc group of councils in central NSW on the Council-led Energy Innovation Project.  The project developed a process to scope out and assess a range of renewable energy projects identified by the councils in the region. We assisted in the preliminary development of a proposal for a local renewable energy project with potential funding partners.

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Here Comes the Sun

One of the most common arguments against renewable energy (particularly solar) is its inability to provide base load generation. “Here Comes the Sun” sought to address this issue by establishing the viability of small communities that could install solar arrays with excess generating capacity and store any excess generation in batteries for use when the community’s solar arrays are not generating enough energy to meet the community’s needs. The project was sponsored by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and delivered by MEFL and GreenSync.

The final report has been approved recently and will appear on the ARENA website soon. We will link to it when it does.

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Cooling Communities

As a way to mitigate the Urban Heat Island Effect, MEFL in a partnership with Moreland City Council is working on a project named Cooling Communities. This project is funded through the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and will work in areas of social housing in Moreland.

Why Moreland?

Moreland’s suburbs are particularly vulnerable to heat waves due to a lack of green infrastructure and lack of water bodies such as rivers or lagoons. An analysis shows that vulnerability to the UHIE is particularly extreme in areas of social housing. This project aims to create a set of recommendations which will promote UHIE resilience in social housing areas, for use by local government, social housing providers, and residents across Victoria.

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The Commons

The Commons

The Commons is an outstanding sustainable apartment development that used MEFL’s
Sustainable Urban Development Framework  to communicate their approach to sustainability. Situated in Florence Street Brunswick, the development was designed by Breathe Architecture and delivered by developer Small Giants. This project sets a new benchmark in sustainable living. It has won two Victorian Australian Institute of Architects awards for sustainable design and multi-unit housing.

The potential

New houses, commercial buildings and entire neighbourhoods are being designed and built all around Melbourne. MEFL’s work using the Sustainable Urban Development Framework has demonstrated that all projects have the potential to improve their sustainability outcomes. Early consideration and taking a tailored approach based on the project’s unique context can lead to better outcomes that don’t have a huge cost impact – a win for all.

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Sustainable Urban Development Framework

Urban developments built now and into the future will have a lasting effect on the sustainability of our cities. However competing pressures can make delivery of truly sustainable development difficult to achieve.

During 2010-11, MEFL developed the Sustainable Urban Development Framework (SUDF) to help project managers, urban planners, and developers embed sustainability features throughout development projects.

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