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Category: Smart Buildings

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Council installs cogen units at public pools to cut energy costs, emissions

Council installs cogen units at public pools to cut energy costs, emissions

Darebin Council chooses natural gas cogen – instead of solar – as part of major energy retrofit at its two community pools that will save it $100k a year.

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Landmark Sydney Building taps green loan to slash energy costs

Landmark Sydney Building taps green loan to slash energy costs

Owners of 1967 Sydney office building tap $1.2m local government-backed loan for efficiency upgrade that will cut energy use by 60%.

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City of Sydney, property groups push regulator to allow shared energy

City of Sydney, property groups push regulator to allow shared energy

City of Sydney, Property Council call on AEMC to change rules governing electricity supply to incentivise shared, local distributed energy generation.

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BuildingIQ in deal to boost corporate Australia's energy smarts

BuildingIQ in deal to boost corporate Australia’s energy smarts

CSIRO spin-off in deal to deploy its energy management software in major Australian shopping centers, office buildings, hospitals.

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Prefab revolution? Factory houses are the secret to green building

Prefab revolution? Factory houses are the secret to green building

The building sector globally currently consumes more energy (34%) than the transport sector (27%) or the industry sector (28%).

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CEFC to kick-start investment in $400m green office building trust

CEFC to kick-start investment in $400m green office building trust

CEFC to invest up to $125m in High Income Sustainable Office Trust, which will buy commercial office properties and give them an energy efficiency makeover.

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Paris climate pledges extend carbon budget by …. 8 months

Paris climate pledges extend carbon budget by …. 8 months

Key IEA report says climate pledges have so far fallen short, extending carbon budget by just 8 months. It has key message for Australia: coal consumption must peak before 2020, Australia’s inefficient coal fleet must be phased out, and wind and solar will underpin new investment to meet climate targets.

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New York town invests in microgrid to keep the power on

New York town invests in microgrid to keep the power on

National Grid, General Electric, Clarkson University, and the NREL are partnering to build what could be largest municipal micro grid in US.

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Big money, big risks: Electricity industry at a crossroads

Big money, big risks: Electricity industry at a crossroads

The future holds big opportunities and big risks for the electricity industry, especially in the complex consumer side of the meter.

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Why do new energy-efficient houses need cooling?

Why do new energy-efficient houses need cooling?

A CSIRO study found that while energy efficient homes had much lower heating energy use, their cooling energy use was not lower.

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Australia's biggest rooftop solar array for former motor plant

Australia’s biggest rooftop solar array for former motor plant

SA govt seeks proposals to develop potential 3.6MW solar array for the huge, iconic rooftop of a repurposed car manufacturing plant south of Adelaide.