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Category: Smart Buildings

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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.

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The future of bricks: Red, Cambridge and carbon neutral

The future of bricks: Red, Cambridge and carbon neutral

Bricks – the foundation of so many homes across Australia come in a range of varieties and colours. And now in Carbon Neutral.

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Green building revolution? Only in high-end new CBD offices

Green building revolution? Only in high-end new CBD offices

Australia’s ‘green building revolution’ appears to be restricted to the big cities, everywhere else the pace is much slower.

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5 Stunning small homes . . . but would you live in one?

5 Stunning small homes . . . but would you live in one?

There is a growing movement of people embracing the idea that for them less home might mean more life.

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STC change 'perfect storm' for rooftop PV

STC change ‘perfect storm’ for rooftop PV

Changes to the STC system could result in the ‘perfect storm’ for rooftop solar, warn solar developers.

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How solar shifted the peak in SA during heat waves

How solar shifted the peak in SA during heat waves

New analysis by the Australian Energy Market Operator has confirmed that the large amount of rooftop solar in South Australia helped shift the peak in demand during the recent heat-waves that affected the southern states. Imagine what would happen with addition of storage.

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Dream homes of the future still stuck in the past

Dream homes of the future still stuck in the past

While dream homes once glorified high energy consumption, smart homes today promote efficiency. Both, however, are wedded to an energy-intensive lifestyle.