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Digital energy futures: future home life

What emerging technology routines are shaping the way people live? What implications do these social practices have on the future energy needs of Australian households? The research in this report uncovers the changing digital lifestyles and emerging home trends of everyday Australians, and speculates on...
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Independent review of the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (GEMS) Act 2012: final report

The Australian government has released this final report of the Independent Review of the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards Act 2012 (GEMS Act). The review is a statutory requirement to ensure the GEMS Act remains appropriate and effective in reducing Australia’s energy consumption and greenhouse...
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Beyond fire: how to achieve electric cooking

This report provides an overview of the main technological pathways to fundamentally transform the cooking sector in developing countries to sustainable sources.
Report

Energy efficient swimming pools – engagement and utilization

This report covers the activities of utilisation project “Energy efficient swimming pools – engagement and utilization”. This involved project partners: School of PV and RE Engineering, UNSW, Simply Better Pool Savings, and Randwick Council.
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Electric vehicles and batteries can drive growth of residential solar

This report assesses the prospects for residential solar, batteries and electric vehicles (EVs) in Britain and Germany, and looks at opportunities for near-term growth in the residential solar, battery storage and EV markets.
Conference paper

Behaviour change via social sanctions and shared electricity

Applying behaviour change methods to reduce home energy consumption has resulted in varying outcomes and also conservation effects that were short-lived. Some of the more promising treatments included In Home Energy Displays (IHDs) and home energy bills with comparisons to unknown others - for individual...
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Informing the next generation residential energy assessment tools

The Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme, commonly known as NatHERS, which is applied through software tools such as AccuRate Sustainability, has become the predominant pathway for complying with energy efficiency requirements within the National Construction Code of Australia. Current energy efficiency regulations have remained unchanged...
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Impact of energy efficient pool pumps on peak demand, energy costs and carbon reduction: final report

A whole system approach was adopted to optimize a residential pool filtering system. This project presents for the first time, the experimental measurements of the pool water quality (i.e., the chemical concentrations) and all energy-consuming components when operating the filtering system at low flow conditions...
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Concentrated solar thermal systems and absorption HVAC systems

The project aimed to explore the feasibility of using solar thermal collectors to drive single, double, and triple effect absorption chillers.
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Trade in environmentally sound technologies: implications for developing countries

This report aims to enhance understanding of the implications, capacity needs and enabling conditions for trade liberalization of environmentally sound technologies (ESTs), with focus on developing countries. It focuses its analysis on five ESTs, namely solar photovoltaic cells (PVs), water filters, waste incinerators, gas filtering...
Guide

Guide to low carbon residential buildings – retrofit

This guide offers practical advice to homeowners, builders and designers embarking on a retrofit of an existing home. It focuses on relatively simple adaptations to improve a home’s comfort, while reducing energy bills and carbon emissions.
Guide

Guide to low carbon households

This guide aims to help the occupants of a home reduce the amount of energy they use and, in doing so, help curb carbon emissions and save on utility bills.
Conference paper

Collective prosumerism: accessing the potential of embedded networks to increase the deployment of distributed generation on Australian apartment buildings

Despite potential advantages of load aggregation and scale discounts, few of Australia's 2.3 million apartment residents are amongst the country's 1.8 million solar prosumers. However, embedded networks can be used to distribute rooftop photovoltaic generation to households if split incentives and regulatory barriers are overcome.
Conference paper

PV for apartment buildings: which side of the meter?

Over 1.7 Australian households have taken the opportunity to generate some of their own power and reduce both their electricity bills and carbon emissions by installing rooftop photovoltaic (PV) systems on their homes. However, regulatory, technical, financial and organisational challenges have largely prevented Australia's growing...
Conference paper

Using PV to help meet common property energy demand in residential apartment buildings

14% of Australians live in apartments, predominantly in urban centres, yet few of these have PV systems, despite high levels of PV deployment on separate and semi-detached residential buildings. Increased PV deployment on apartment buildings represents a valuable market opportunity for the PV industry, which...
Conference paper

PV in Australian apartment buildings – opportunities and barriers

This paper outlines opportunities for, and barriers to, increasing PV deployment on apartment buildings in Australia. With PV penetration reaching 40% of residential dwellings in some parts of the country, access to renewable energy for the 14% of Australians who live in apartments has lagged...
Conference paper

A comparison between capacity, cost and degradation in Australian residential battery systems

There are a number of factors accelerating the uptake of residential battery systems in Australia, these include: falling battery cost, increased energy prices and lower solar export rates. Given the new interest, it is important to analyse the optimal capacities of residential battery systems, for...
Conference paper

Distributed energy resources and the Australian NEM – a good match?

This paper aims to revisit the way that distributed energy resources (DERs) interact with the present structures of the Australian National Electricity Market (NEM), and consider opportunities to improve the interface between centralized and distributed resource operation and investment. The NEM was established with the...
Report

Monitoring and verification of the performance of residential buildings

Monitoring household energy and water usage can provide valuable insights into building performance and occupant behaviour. The monitoring of building parameters such as temperature, relative humidity and carbon dioxide levels can also be used to inform building management. Additionally, when coupled with data feedback display...
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10 household living labs study: results summary

Houses designed to be energy and water efficient often do not perform as intended. One of the reasons for this is occupant behaviour. Rebound effects and lack of awareness mean that behaviour and practices need to be addressed as part of the strategies to reduce...