The commercial building sector currently accounts for about 10 per cent of Australia’s total greenhouse gas emissions.
"Improving the energy efficiency of buildings is one of the fastest and most cost-effective ways to reduce Australia’s carbon emissions," Mr Dreyfus said. "For every one-star increase in an office building’s energy rating there is an estimated 15 per cent saving in energy costs per year."
Mr Dreyfus officially launched the program at the Pixel Building in Melbourne, Australia’s first carbon neutral commercial office building.
Post date: 18 nov 2010
The findings of the Report will complement improvements in energy efficiency that the Government is making through the National Energy Efficiency Strategy and other energy efficiency programs.
The recommendations of this report will also be considered as part of the Government’s Energy White Paper process.
Post date: 15 oct 2010
Claims that energy efficiency ratings of houses are flawed because they do not account for the behaviour of households are unfounded as NatHERS ratings are usually completed before a house is constructed. So it would be impossible to rate the behaviour of the occupants, such as their lifestyle and appliance choice. Since heating and cooling typically account for only around 40% of household energy use, NatHERS ratings will not accurately predict total household consumption. The other main sources of energy use in homes are lighting, hot water and appliances.
Post date: 27 aoû 2010
Post date: 19 aoû 2010
Built to honor the assassinated Kanak leader, Jean-Marie Tjibaou, as well as the culture of the Kanak peoples, the cultural center is modeled after a traditional Kanak village, and the pavilions were inspired by Kanak huts. Using traditional materials coupled with modern materials and technology, Piano also utilizes clever green building strategies to keep the pavilions cool and integrate the center with nature.
Post date: 28 juil 2010
To capture the progress that is being made towards a decarbonised built environment at the national level, RICS commissioned the Environment Institute at University College London to develop a new index: the Global Zero Carbon Capacity Index also known as the ZC2 Index. The purpose of this index is to highlight which countries are developing the capacity to make progress towards the aspirational goal of a zero-carbon built environment.
Post date: 21 juil 2010
The Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Bill to implement the Commercial Building Disclosure scheme was passed by the Australian Parliament on 24 June 2010. It is anticipated that the requirement to disclose information will commence around October 2010. The Government will make this date known and finalise the regulations of the scheme in the coming weeks.
Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Senator Penny Wong, has welcomed the passage of the enhanced Renewable Energy Target and Building Energy Efficiency legislation through the Parliament.
Post date: 8 juil 2010
Presenting ETP 2010 in Washington DC, IEA Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka said “after sowing the seeds for such a revolution in our last edition in 2008 by demonstrating that greater reliance on low-carbon technologies can transform the way we produce and use energy, ETP 2010 now highlights the first ‘green shoots’ of what could become such a fundamental change.” But he emphasised that current developments are still fragmented and fragile, and the rate of progress is still far too low to prevent dangerous increases in global temperatures. Main messages:
Post date: 5 juil 2010
The German Minister of the Environment, Dr. Norbert Röttgen explains: "As a result of the BMU providing equity capital and hence taking on some of the commercial risk, we are creating the necessary incentives for private investors to take a stake with outside capital. As a result, through intelligent use of comparatively small budget resources, we are able to raise significant overall capital for international climate protection."
Post date: 30 juin 2010
Bundesumweltminister Dr. Norbert Röttgen: „Indem das BMU Eigenkapital bereitstellt und einen Teil der wirtschaftlichen Risiken übernimmt, schaffen wir die für private Investoren notwendigen Anreize, sich in Form von Fremdkapital zu beteiligen. Damit gelingt es, durch den intelligenten Einsatz vergleichsweise geringer Haushaltsmittel insgesamt erhebliches Kapital für den internationalen Klimaschutz zu mobilisieren.“
Post date: 30 juin 2010