Victoria’s new tenancy reforms have passed both houses of Parliament and sustainability advocates say this has established the pathway for better energy standards for rental properties, potentially through mandatory disclosure of standards.
A new online platform, eQuad, makes it much easier for small energy efficiency projects to find investors.
South Australian senator Tim Storer’s bill aims to reform the tax regime so low income rental housing can be better heated and cooled.
Mirvac has announced the formation of the Australian Build-to-Rent Club (ABTRC), providing wholesale investors access to Australia’s nascent build-to-rent sector, and promising to make the assets green.
Aside from the ACT, all Australian states and territories are far behind on energy efficiency efforts, according to RMITsenior industry fellow Alan Pears.
The happy marriage of state government support for energy efficiency and the coming of age of LED lighting technology has successfully transformed the entire lighting industry.
Former technology advisor to the Prime Minister and NSW Government John Riedl was so concerned by the state of the national energy grid he came out of retirement and joined forces with fellow retirees Greg Irving and John Grill AO to a company that would tackle the huge energy consumption of household swimming pools.
New research by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy has revealed the major weaknesses that place Australia way down in the global energy efficiency rankings.
There’s a triple win for strata communities adding solar PV, an embedded electricity network and EV charging as part of a retrofit package – lower energy bills, lower carbon emissions and improved capital values.
Buried in the pre-Christmas rush last year was a media statement from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation that it was investing $100 million in the new Dexus Healthcare Wholesale Property Fund (HWPF) in order to kick start new standards in clean energy for healthcare.
News from the front desk: Issue 385 So CEFC has splashed some money into a new hotel project in Melbourne.
Pro-invest Group has agreed to lift the design standard of its Holiday Inn Express at Southbank, Melbourne, following a $39 million investment by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC).
The relaxation of laws around marijuana in the United States has created a new target market for the energy efficiency industry, according to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
Australians overwhelmingly support government intervention into energy efficiency, new YouGov Galaxy polling has found.
Almost half residential rental properties in the ACT disclosing energy efficiency ratings are getting zero stars on the NatHERS scale, according to data gathered by tenant advocacy organisation Better Renting.
Houses marketed with sustainability features such as solar panels and water tanks sell for at least 10 per cent more than properties that do not market sustainability, and sell on average 13 days more quickly.
The cost of upgrading Melbourne’s poor-performing homes from 1.5 star NatHERS to four stars could be paid off in energy savings in nine years, according to new research from the University of Melbourne, while a six-star upgrade would take 14 years.
While investment in projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions are rising, the market for energy efficiency remains under-satisfied compared to its potential and the market for renewable energy investment. Here’s why.
Exclusive: An industry-led program to improve commercial building energy efficiency has struck its first deal, and the company behind the model says if expanded it could deliver $100 million a year in savings to Australian businesses.
National Australia Bank has launched a $2 billion residential mortgage-backed bond that, for the first time in Australia, includes $300 million of mortgages that meet the Climate Bonds Standard for low-carbon residential buildings.
Australians are trying to stay cool in their homes as summer heatwaves persist, but Victoria has moved on to a program designed to keep the heat in during winter.
ASBEC has released a plan to boost building efficiency, mandate renewables and save the economy billions.
Sustainability means being a warrior standing up for a better future, according to CitySwitch national program manager Esther Bailey, speaking at this week’s National CitySwitch Awards in Sydney.
Efficient Living is seeking applications from experienced consultants with mid to senior level expertise.
Members of the European Parliament’s industry and energy committee have voted by a narrow margin for a legally binding 40 per cent energy efficiency goal and a 35 per cent renewable energy target for 2030.
Australia needs to catch up on its energy efficiency efforts, or risk missing out on the economic benefits being experienced by leaders like California, delegates at the 2017 National Energy Efficiency Conference have been told.
The European Union could be set to define energy efficient buildings as “nearly energy zero” if the definition, proposed last week by the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee, is adopted into law.
Upgrading Europe’s school, hospitals and other public buildings will now become easier following the Europe Commission’s change to energy performance contract (EPC) rules. The Commission has also launched the pilot phase of a new EU framework for sustainable buildings, which it says will help to transform the building sector. Called “Level(s)”, this is the first […]
Ecologic Apps, an energy efficiency tech firm planning to “uberise” the building energy services sector and make rating building performance a simple proposition, has been announced as one of five new start-ups to join the EnergyLab clean energy accelerator program.
The Victorian government has announced it will spend $26 million on upgrading energy efficiency and installing solar on hospitals and healthcare facilities.