Retrofit : Volume 6 Issue 1 2017
4 • RETROFIT AUSTRALIA • VOLUME 6 NUMBER 1 | 2017 | News AIRAH and IBPSA announce international Building Simulation Conference for 2017 The Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) and the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA) are proudly hosting a joint Building Simulation Conference in Melbourne, 15–16 November 2017. AIRAH CEO Tony Gleeson, M.AIRAH, says that the conference is a worthy addition to the institute’s suite of events. ‘Building Simulation 2017 will provide a unique forum for the exchange of ideas and information between simulation researchers, simulation developers, building designers and government legislators,’ says Gleeson. ‘It will explore how simulation is helping to improve building performance, and will be an excellent opportunity to keep up to date with the latest innovations in the field of simulation and the energy performance of buildings.’ For more information about the conference, go to www.ibpsa-australasia.org. Yarra named most sustainable city of 2016 Keep Victoria Beautiful recognised the City of Yarra as the Sustainable City of the Year (2016) at last year’s awards ceremony at the State Library of Victoria. The major award win was based on 15 Yarra projects – all of which were described as ‘of an excellent standard’. Yarra also won three out of eight category awards, including the Community Action and Leadership Award for Yarra’s innovative Roads to Parks program, which has previously won a national award. Other category wins were the Cultural Heritage Award for the restoration of the Collingwood Town Hall, and the Active Schools Award won by Melbourne Girls’ College. Yarra was shortlisted for 11 projects across eight categories in the annual Sustainable Cities Awards, which encourage, motivate and celebrate sustainability achievements of metropolitan communities across Australia. For more on the awards, go to www.yarracity.vic.gov.au. Low-carbon living programs achieve national impact The largest low-carbon living organisation – the CRC for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL) – is on track to meet its cumulative reduction target of 10 megatonnes of carbon dioxide by 2020, with many of its 85 programs achieving national impact. Funding of just under $500,000 for a new national zero energy homes (ZEH) project was also officially announced in November by CEO Deo Prasad at the opening of the CRCLCL’s annual Participants Forum. ‘As the CRC reaches year four of seven, I am pleased to report that we are on track to meet our carbon-reduction goals, and the funding of this new national program to ensure zero energy homes are part of our low-carbon-cities future will play a key role in achieving these goals,’ says Prasad. The project will be directed by Josh Byrne of Josh’s House fame, and it will focus on developing an agreed position among stakeholders on the current barriers put forward by the housing industry to make ZEH part of our future. ‘There will be extensive data collected to measure consumer interest in ZEH features comparative to more typical value-add items in a home. Ultimately, once armed with data through coordinated end-user engagement and communications, the program will engage and inform the development and construction industry of the market potential for ZEH so that change can occur.’ To learn more about the CRCLCL, go to www.lowcarbonlivingcrc.com.au.
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