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The Monthly Energy Efficiency News Roundup - February 2020

28 February 2020

Here's our energy efficiency news roundup for February 2020.

Councils get ‘green’ star emissions initiatives

Australia’s councils have been given a ‘green’ star for their efforts to reduce emissions, the Net Zero Momentum Tracker report, produced by Climate Works Australia in Partnership with the Monash Sustainable Development Institute looked at emissions reduction efforts by 57 of Australia’s largest councils.

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New Holiday Inn Express in Melbourne’s Southbank could be Australia’s most environmentally friendly hotel 

Australia is set to have one of its most environmentally friendly hotels when the Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Southbank opened on Thursday, February 6, with its developers predicting the property will use 25 per cent less energy than similar properties.

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Energy efficiency ratings don’t measure air tightness, experts have said new measures may be needed

A new regulatory approach to how houses are measured may be needed, experts have said, as current rating systems do not measure air tightness. Energy efficient ratings measure the thermal comfort of a home, or how well a structure responds to external temperatures.

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Behind the new green star for new buildings rating tool

The Green Building Council of Australia is setting a bold new direction in its Future Focus update of the Green Star rating system for new buildings. In the future only buildings that use 20 per cent less water and 10 per cent lower energy than the current National Construction Code will qualify for Green Star credits.

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Leading the pack in peak demand reduction 

NSW is leading the way in energy efficiency, with a commitment to launch a peak demand reduction scheme to align with its strengthened Energy Savings Scheme (ESS), which will be increased from 8.5% of electricity sales in 2020 to 13% in 2030. The ESS will be extended to 2050 to align with NSW’s net zero emissions target to 2050.

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Energy-efficient homes can sell for as much as 10 per cent more, research shows

A review of one Australian and other international studies by a research fellow at the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre at the University of Wollongong has revealed homes can sell for noticeably more if they have a higher energy saving rating.

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Entire household energy ratings on the horizon 

As the benchmark for home energy efficiency, the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) provides a star rating out of 10, which is currently indicative of a property’s building envelope and structural design.

Soon, this rating could extend to factor in appliances used within the home to provide a more comprehensive and accurate measure of a household’s energy footprint.

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Growing adoption of energy-efficient and green heating solutions to amplify demand for heat pumps 

Rising demand for technologically-advanced heating and cooling solutions with low carbon footprint, various government initiatives to curb greenhouse gas emissions, shifting focus towards renewable energy sources, and advancements in HVAC systems are factors anticipated to drive demand for heat pumps globally.

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