Wednesday 27 October 2021
Enabling healthy comfortable homes
10:00am – 11:30am
1 hour and 30 minutes
Minimum energy efficiency standards for housing haven’t increased for over a decade, but are finally on the table with proposed changes to the National Construction Code. Meanwhile the push for a new, national energy performance disclosure framework is building momentum, and there is a fresh effort to support retrofits with tailored finance options for landlords and householders.
This session will survey the policy landscape for new and existing homes and how to support consumers through the transition.
Chair: Anna Crabb, CEO, Australian Energy Foundation
- Toby Cumming, Team Leader Research, Sustainability Victoria
- Richard Lovell, Head of Debt Markets, CEFC
- Jodie Pipkorn, Manager, Energy Division, Residential Energy Efficiency Branch, Residential Buildings and NatHERS Policy Team, Department of Industry
- Rob McLeod, Renew
CEO, Australian Energy Foundation
Anna Crabb is an optimist who has a deep commitment to fairness and integrity. As the Chief Executive Officer, Anna leads the Australian Energy Foundation team who are at the forefront of finding practical solutions to climate change. Anna provides visionary leadership, builds effective relationships to deliver shared goals, and represents the AEF in the media and public forums. Anna models the AEF’s values – inclusive, inspiring, bright – in service of an engaged and effective team and organisation.
Team Leader Research, Sustainability Victoria
Toby completed a Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Honours) at La Trobe University before travelling to the UK to undertake a PhD at Cambridge University. On his return to Melbourne, he joined the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow. He spent 12 years at the Florey investigating stroke, dementia, cognitive function and physical activity, with a focus on improving stroke rehabilitation outcomes. In early 2019, Toby shifted field and joined Sustainability Victoria as the Research Advisor on the Victorian Healthy Homes Program. He is excited about the potential for residential retrofits to be seen as public health interventions with energy efficiency co-benefits, rather than the other way around.
Executive Director, Head of Debt Markets, CEFC
Richard Lovell is an Executive Director in the Investment team at the Clean Energy Finance Corporation. Richard has overall responsibility for the debt markets business at the CEFC, including climate/green bond activity and other aggregation programs for funding. Richard is also responsible for capital management activities relating to the CEFC balance sheet. Prior to joining the CEFC, Richard was an Executive Director in the Structured and Asset Finance business at Westpac Institutional Bank and prior to that worked at Société Générale and Perpetual Trustees. Richard has a Bachelor of Economics from UNSW with a double major in finance and economics.
Manager, Energy Division, Residential Energy Efficiency Branch, Residential Buildings and NatHERS Policy Team, Department of Industry
Jodie Pipkorn has worked in the Australian Government since 2007 and is currently Manager of the Residential Buildings and NatHERS Policy Team in the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources. This team focuses on improving the energy efficiency of new and existing buildings, and has been successful in establishing a trajectory towards zero energy (and zero carbon) ready buildings. Prior to working in Government Jodie worked as an architect in Australia and internationally, and completed a Masters of Architecture in sustainable built environments in the United Kingdom. Outside of work Jodie is working on a range of community sustainability projects.
Rob joined Renew in 2019. He is working on advocacy projects to make Australian homes safer, cheaper to run and more resilient in the face of climate change. Rob has a background in campaigns, policy and advocacy on social justice and environmental issues. Prior to joining Renew Rob worked for a Federal MP. He holds a master’s degree in political studies.