Established as Solar Architect
prolific activities and the running of public education
programs about solar design of housing, led Garry to
become a very well known identity in Western Australia.
the 1980’s he won many awards for solar designs
and has numerous newspaper articles written about his
projects and activities.
was instrumental in many innovations, including
the timber louvred Tecto Sun Control Pergola,
polystyrene and polyurethane integrated
roof systems and various night ventilation
cooling systems for houses. He gave advice
to many inventors who took heed of his advice
and made changes to improve the solar efficiency
of their ideas during this period.
1983, his daughter Alison was born. This was a very
important event as it gave him a much needed focus.
The event triggered a deeper interest in spirituality
and a stronger sense of responsibility. It forced him
to work even harder to achieve material success, while
still keeping his commitment to his philosophy alive.
However, as the late 1980's was soon to prove, it was
extremely difficult to achieve material success in his
field of endeavour when the knowledge, awareness and
interest of the general public was so low. Results in
this decade were simply not there, in the business sense,
causing great hardship for the family.
1985, the WA State government closed down the very popular
Solar Energy Research Institute of WA (SERIWA), started
by the Statesman/Premier Sir Charles Court. Angered
by this, a group of investors led by Garry started planning
a development known originally as the Solar Design Centre,
which was to become the Solar Energy Information Centre.
initiative was to fill a vacuum left by government at
the time after an ill-thought out decision by the newly
elected labor government to close down SERIWA.