In Europe the top barriers to implementing the decision-making principle of “efficiency first” in energy system planning and policymaking turn out to be lack of political will, lack of expertise and awareness, professional cultures, die-hard personal habits, and overarching regulatory structure.
NatHERS is expanding its patch to include better measures of energy efficiency for existing houses.
The New Zealand government is making a bold climate commitment with a plan to transform the building sector, which includes aggressive new efficiency standards for energy and water use and mandatory reporting requirements on construction materials and waste. On Friday, the New Zealand government announced its Building for Climate Change Programme, setting out plans to […]
For many people, building a home can be exciting, with fun decisions to be made about the size of the living areas and the colour of the walls.
The Technology Investment Roadmap discussion paper provides a useful review of a range of technologies that could contribute to management of Australia’s climate impact. But this is just one (important) element of the actions required for Australia to build a successful clean energy-based economy.
The Australian government has thrown the door open to suppliers with a huge range of skills and services to future-proof Australia’s energy markets.
Clear your diary on 16 July for the online NABERS + CBD Conference, with a speaker lineup that’s packed with the leaders driving sustainability in the built environment such as the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor, NSW minister for energy and environment Matt Kean, Green Building Council of Australia’s Davina Rooney and host […]
News from the front desk, Issue 483: Last week, the Morrison government unleashed its technology roadmap on Australia, starring natural gas in a leading role. It didn’t take long for people to start protesting the pro-gas sentiment pushed by the government and its friends in the gas industry. Atlassian chief executive and renewables advocate Mike […]
Interest in heat pumps – a lower cost, lower emissions alternative to gas boilers in aquatic centres – is growing.
While the evidence so far indicates that increasing outside air circulation may help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in buildings, some common sense goes a long way for facility managers looking to keep occupants safe without wasting energy on overzealous air circulation.
It’s great to see property companies setting themselves ambitious emissions reduction targets, says Buildings Alive chief executive officer Craig Roussac, but are they making the most of the easiest, cheapest tactic to cut emissions: using less energy?
As we emerge from this global crisis we have an unprecedented opportunity to create a better world, a healthier world, a happier and fairer world, and a low carbon world. It turns out this also represents better value for money than not doing so.
Many people wanting to build their dream home think energy efficiency and sustainability come at a price premium thanks to costly add-ons.
More new homes spring up every year, and for an ever-growing number of people, these homes are apartments.
What happens to energy efficiency when people desert the CBDs because of the COVID-19 pandemic to work from home, and then send energy consumption through the roof with their domestic consumption?
The UK needs a rating scheme like NABERS to bring down building energy use, writes Dr Peter Mallaburn, who was in Sydney last year to conduct a peer reviewed study of this rating tool. In a meeting with The Fifth Estate at the time he said some people believe Australia is 15 years ahead of the UK in energy efficiency.
Brisbane Metro makes tracks Brisbane is one step closer to joining Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra as low-carbon transport fans, with the $944 million Brisbane Metro project gaining momentum. The tender for constructing the depot for the project’s fleet of fully-electric vehicles is expected to be released mid this year, with early works at the Rochedale […]
Energy prices might be going down in Adelaide but many tenants are still looking for office space with high energy efficiency ratings according to Nick Mavropsi, director, real estate management at Colliers.
Every Australian (and many people beyond) are now feeling the fear that Greta enunciated just one year ago in her speech at Davos. Much to the surprise of the hopeful, hope has not delivered so let’s assume we need to actually do something now. After all, if not now, then when?
Commercial buildings have stolen the limelight on sustainability, but realistically, there are bigger fish to fry.
Low carbon design provides a cost-effective way of improving performance that can be adopted for all buildings. Now, clear guidance on how to achieve such designs is available in a series of free, technical guides.
If you want to control the energy efficiency of your building, start by eliminating air leakage, says an award-winning home builder who has been experimenting and innovating for more than a generation.
How do we make sure our energy efficiency decisions reflect more than just how many watts were saved?
The relentlessly optimistic Esther Bailey started a new role at NABERS in September after eight years at the City of Sydney working on the Better Building Partnership and CitySwitch.
A Passive House student accommodation development and a 6 Star Green Star masterplanned community were among the winners at this year’s AIRAH Awards, held in Sydney on November 15. The awards showcase the innovation and technical excellence happening in the heating, airconditioning, refrigeration and ventilation space across all sectors including commercial buildings, residential, products, facilities […]
In the past three decades, Australia’s HVAC industry has seen a quantum evolution, but according to University of Wollongong professor Paul Cooper, there’s a real risk of a talent deficit looming in the near future.
Most people know that airconditioning chews up a lot of energy but they might be surprised to know that efforts to optimise Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems are stuck in the dark ages.
Would you lease office space with a zero Star NABERS rating? We couldn’t help but wonder who would, when last week we spotted an office in the Brisbane Club Tower being offered for lease by Colliers in Brisbane with a zero NABERS rating.
Garden towns and cities are an idea from the past that could help us in the present prepare for the climate-changed future. A new one is rising from green fields near Oxford, England, that is about creating not just homes but a healthy, low carbon community. Last month, delegates from 15 councils across England converged […]
It seems building energy efficiency is even palatable enough for federal energy and emissions reduction minister Angus Taylor as an emissions abatement opportunity.