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Category: Smart Buildings

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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.

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How Victoria could go solar, save millions and boost jobs

How Victoria could go solar, save millions and boost jobs

CEC report says Victoria could easily adjust solar and energy efficiency policy to save hundreds of millions in costs, boost jobs and cut emissions.

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Another gong for Uni Wollongong net-zero energy fibro shack

Another gong for Uni Wollongong net-zero energy fibro shack

Team UOW’s net-zero energy Illawarra Flame House – based on a converted fibro shack – wins another award, this time for engineering excellence.

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Australia's built environment and water cleantech leaders

Australia’s built environment and water cleantech leaders

Water filtration technology that mimics a whale; stronger, lighter concrete; a system that shuts off power when it gets too expensive. More competitors in the 2014 Australian Technologies Competition.

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ACT govt releases plan to go carbon neutral by 2020

ACT govt releases plan to go carbon neutral by 2020

ACT government releases framework for carbon neutrality in own operations by 2020, ahead of plans for whole of Canberra to be carbon neutral by 2060.

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Lessons from the 102nd floor - Empire State gets efficient

Lessons from the 102nd floor – Empire State gets efficient

The energy retrofit at the Empire State Building has changed the trajectory of energy use in buildings.

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Building owners and tenants gain from environmental upgrades

Building owners and tenants gain from environmental upgrades

A 15-storey, B-grade commercial office building in Sydney will reduce its energy use by 30% thanks to financing from the CEFC through an EUA.

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Pumped hydro – the forgotten storage solution

Pumped hydro – the forgotten storage solution

What if there was a proven way to store vast amounts of energy at capital costs lower than what battery technologists hope they might achieve in 20 years?

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Greening the World Cup - and why Brazil has failed

Greening the World Cup – and why Brazil has failed

The 2014 World Cup has fallen short of its lofty environmental goals. But its legacy could be a shift in how global sporting events address social injustice

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One of Australia's biggest rooftop solar plants commissioned in Sydney

One of Australia’s biggest rooftop solar plants commissioned in Sydney

Photon Energy Australia has switched on one of Australia’s biggest rooftop solar installations: a 284kWp array on top of an office building in Sydney’s CBD.