Retrofit : Volume 6 Issue 1 2017
RETROFIT AUSTRALIA • VOLUME 6 NUMBER 1 | 2017• 5 News | New tool provides forecasting of energy, travel, water and waste at precinct levels The CRC for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL) – in association with project partners CSIRO, Sydney Water, SA Water, Renewal SA, AECOM, Victorian Building Authority, University of New South Wales, Flinders University and the University of South Australia – recently presented results from the research project RP2002 Integrated ETWW Demand Forecasting and Scenario Planning for Precincts. The project is designed to improve demand forecasting for energy, transport, water, and waste utilities and services through the development of new integrated tools, benchmarked against Australian urban developments. University of South Australia Emeritus Professor Michael Taylor, who chaired the symposium, says that the project has developed a tool for integrated demand forecasting of energy, travel, water and waste generation demands at the precinct level, and it supports scenario planning for alternative precinct development plans. Carbon emissions performance of the precinct is a key focus. This unique tool allows for interactions between the different demand domains, and can accommodate the impacts of household behaviour change in demand forecasting. It provides a scientific and efficient basis for the assessment of the overall carbon impacts of urban developments or redevelopments. Go to www.lowcarbonlivingcrc.com.au for more information. New funding to tackle apartment energy efficiency The federal and state governments have announced funding for a new rating tool for apartment buildings that will drive sustainability upgrades, resulting in bill savings and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. This project is part of the Australian National Energy Productivity Plan’s 2030 targets to achieve a 40 per cent increase in productivity of our national energy usage. The tool will be developed by the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS), and it will measure the energy performance of apartments nationwide on a one to six star scale, with six being the most efficient. NABERS tools have proven highly effective in the commercial building sector. They have allowed building owners to better understand their asset’s performance, and have provided a metric on which numerous policy and incentive schemes have been built. Figures from NABERS reveal that the office sector is now saving more than $100 million per year in power bills compared to 2010 levels. This has resulted in annual carbon dioxide emissions savings of more than 635,000 tonnes, equivalent to taking more than 160,000 cars off the road. Leading industry figures are hopeful that a NABERS Energy rating tool for apartment buildings, combined with the right policies, can set the residential sector on a similar path. Find out more at www.nabers.gov.au.
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