Retrofit : Retrofit Volume 2 Issue 1 2013
RETROFIT AUSTRALIA • VOLUME 2 NUMBER 1 2013 • 53 Company Profile | Are you managing, selling, leasing or subleasing commercial o ce space? The Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Act 2010 requires most sellers and lessors of office space of 2,000m2 or more to obtain and disclose energy efficiency information in the form of a Building Energy Efficiency Certificate. Building owners and lessors who fail to comply with the disclosure obligations could face penalties. For more information visit www.cbd.gov.au or email email@example.com. AG72365 This allows the system to reach high levels of efficiency (300 to 600 per cent) on the coldest winter nights, compared to 175 to 250 per cent for standard air-source heat pumps. Geothermal and water-source heat pumps, like the ones installed by MSWA, are able to heat, cool, and, if so equipped, supply buildings with hot water. This form of power also produces zero emissions. One megawatt hour of geothermal-derived electricity avoids approximately one tonne of CO2, which would have been produced by more traditional energy sources. Geothermal energy has enormous potential. For example, a 1000-square-kilometre block of granite in Innamincka, in central Australia, has enough heat stored in it to potentially provide Australia with as much as 20 per cent of its total electricity needs for up to 100 years. The technology is new to Western Australia. MSWA is one of the first organisations in the state to tap into this exciting new energy source. MSWA's retrofit using geothermal technology has been completed, and the new system is expected to power its facilities for at least the next 20 years. The society will continue to monitor the energy efficiency of the administration building to assess the project's overall effectiveness. If the society's objectives -- saving money and reducing emissions -- are reached, MSWA will consider extending the project and incorporating geothermal technology into all of its facilities. 'MSWA's retrofit using geothermal technology has been completed, and the new system is expected to power its facilities for at least the next 20 years'
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