Victoria’s energy efficiency scorecard: Good. Now make it mandatory

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.

New financing for energy efficiency

A new online platform, eQuad, makes it much easier for small energy efficiency projects to find investors. 

Pools get energy-efficient makeover

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.

Taking the scalpel to energy waste in healthcare

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.

CEFC goes after hotel efficiency

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).

Energy efficiency a major vote-winner

Australians overwhelmingly support government intervention into energy efficiency, new YouGov Galaxy polling has found.

The case for upgrading Melbourne’s poor housing stock

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.

NAB in residential green bond first

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.

CitySwitch winners lead national change

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.

What’s an efficient building? Nearly zero energy, according to EU

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.

Energy efficient public buildings get a boost in Europe

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 […]