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Category: Smart 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.

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And the winner is… Passive House!

And the winner is… Passive House!

In northern Europe, demand for heat makes up around 40 percent of total energy demand. Passive House architecture can nearly wipe out that demand entirely.

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Demand, emissions and wholesale prices still going down

Demand, emissions and wholesale prices still going down

Coal fired generation at record low in Australia, as wind generation hits record high of 4.6 per cent. Emissions and costs also fall.

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Beyond efficiency: 5 key ingredients for a sustainable home

Beyond efficiency: 5 key ingredients for a sustainable home

If climate change features highly in your concept of sustainability then here are 5 essential ingredients for a sustainable home.

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The architects of the future: building for our changing climate

The architects of the future: building for our changing climate

The building and construction industry must play a vital role in building the cities of the future as we tackle climate change.

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Australia’s lousy energy productivity: Why it lags the world

Australia’s lousy energy productivity: Why it lags the world

Australia’s energy productivity has fallen from world’s best to one of the worst. Now, with a hopelessly inefficient delivery system and soaring fossil fuel prices, it is being urged to finally get serious about energy efficiency.

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Why Conservatives are terrified of negawatts

Why Conservatives are terrified of negawatts

The global energy efficiency market was worth more than $400 billion in 2012, and the creation of ‘negawatts’ (electricity not consumed) has proven to be a lot cheaper than building new generation. In Australia, though, government decisions have brought the sector to a standstill.

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Victoria cans energy efficiency loans scheme

Victoria cans energy efficiency loans scheme

Victoria halts an energy efficiency loans scheme, threatening up to $2 billion in energy savings and hundreds of jobs.