RESONZ lecturers are active practicioners and considered experts in their field. They have been chosen for their knowledge and ability to train others.


Eric Jansseune

Environmental Engineer

Eric Jansseune is a Professional Engineer with degrees in Environmental Science and Mechanical Engineering (ME, Antwerp). Eric is a New Zealand resident from Belgium since 2005. Eric has been actively involved in solar projects since 1990 and started his career as an Environmental Engineer in the fields of wastewater treatment and air pollution filtration. Eric has meanwhile been responsible for the design and project engineering of numerous successful solar projects in many fields including passive, active, solar hot water heating, space heating, swimming pool heating, solar electric and solar cooling. His solar house in Belgium was awarded by the Belgian Government and Eric organized many open home days for schools and public. As a Trainer and Educator with experience in domestic, commercial and industrial solar systems, Eric organizes general or specialized workshops on all levels, including architects and engineers. He has provided solar training for different Educational and Professional organizations in Belgium and New Zealand. Since 1995 Eric provides design, consulting, training and education services related to the development and installation of Domestic, Commercial and Industrial Solar Applications.

Florian Primbs

Sustainable Architect

Florian Primbs holds a degree from the Technical University of Munich, Germany ( the equivalent of a New Zealand Masters in architecture and is a graduate member of NZIA. In 1996 he received a major European architecture award (Weka prize) for low cost, low energy, timber framed building systems. Florian Primbs founded New Zealand Earth Builders Ltd in 2004 as New Zealand's first company specializing in environmentally friendly, cement-free earthbuilding, light-earth techniques and earthen plasters.In 2007 Florian continued to operate with a strong design focus under the name New Zealand Earth Builders Design Limited. (nzeb design ltd) Florian has been designing and building cutting edge sustainable homes since the mid 1990s. 

NZEB Design Ltd is Florian's company and continues to be dedicated to the design of pure, cement-free, seriously sustainable earth building. Although we are design-focused, we have a network of experienced, qualified builders and traditional craftsmen who help us set sustainable building standards for New Zealand's future.


Jeroen Brand

Electrical Engineer

Jeroen Brand is managing director of Alphatron Pacific Ltd based in Albany, Auckland. Jeroen received his Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, in 1995. Core business of Alphatron Pacific Ltd is the distribution of power conversion and power generation equipment. The company is preferred supplier to most New Zealand OEM’s in the marine and motor home industry and supplies inverters and PV modules to many installers and system integrators in the renewable energy industry. In addition to supply of equipment and local repair services, Alphatron provides design and project management services to its clients. Jeroen was seconded to the SEANZ Board in March 2008 as an industry practitioner and importer of small scale renewable technologies, to assist with development of the Standards and Accreditation program. He has been appointed to the Australian and NZ EL042 standards committee and provides hands-on-support for the organization. He also leads the contracts and technical component within SEANZ.

Stefan Fortuin

Industrial Design Engineer

Stefan Fortuin is an Industrial Design Engineer (MSc) and also has a master's degree in Energy Management (MTech, Massey). He worked for more than 5 years at Fraunhofer ISE in Freiburg, Germany, on projects related to solar thermal research, design and applications. Stefan was also a lecturer in Supply Chain Management and a guest lecturer in solar thermal performance measurement and simulation. 

Before that, he worked at the National Centre for Energy Solutions of NIWA, a Crown Research Institute in New Zealand.
Stefan has a broad and interdisciplinary engineering background. His core competence is in renewable energy technologies with a specialisation in solar thermal systems. He has managed improvement projects in the areas of production, engineering, information technology and business processes. Stefan was also a lecturer in Supply Chain Management at Massey University and a guest lecturer in solar thermal performance measurement and simulation at the Auckland University of Technology.

He has extensive experience with various (thermal) simulation and design software (e.g. TRNSYS and Modelica). His other

qualifications include certifications in Physical Distribution Management (CPDM) and SAP R/3. His specific fields of interest are Solar Thermal & Optics (thermal collector development and CSP), and Simulations & Modeling.

Jerome Partington

Environmental Manager

Jerome Partington has a long held passion for the environment and is an advocate for strategic sustainability as a compelling business opportunity. His focus is on integrated solutions that create sustainable value for clients.
With a science background,  he trained and has worked in architecture and education for twenty five years, building a strong practical construction and eco technology expertise. He lectured at South Bank University, London and worked on ecological housing, refurbishment, education and commercial projects including the first 100% solar building in East London.
With eight years at Jasmax, NZ’s largest design company he has delivered projects in healthcare, education, commercial, infrastructure and cultural sectors before he took the Sustainability Manager position. This broad role includes greening the business, research, educating client and design teams and facilitating built sustainable design solutions.
Working with project teams to identify risks and opportunities his aim is to translate sustainability into reality, producing ‘best’ long term outcomes from the given budget for any project in any sector. He has been using Integrated design process to increase the value of projects with a new mind set. Jerome recently helped win three sustainable business awards and achieved EnviroMark Diamond certification for Jasmax.
Jerome recently signed up a key client to deliver’ The Living Building Challenge”, the most stringent certification system globally including net zero energy and water.
As a skilled NZGBC Accredited Professional and senior advisor to The Natural Step NZ, Jerome offers specific knowledge & guidance on Green Star and sustainable design, technology and construction projects. He regularly presents using the strategic approach, at public and professional events on key issues facing the design and construction industry in NZ.

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