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Last month ABARE, the Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics released its Australian energy projections to 2029-30. The blow dried picture of a wind turbine on the front page is unfortunately very misleading. The projections take into account the likely effects of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (if it ever comes in), the Renewable … Read more

Commissioning is a quality-assurance process designed to increase the likelihood that a newly constructed building will meet client expectations. Commissioning stretches over the entire design and construction process. It should ideally begin at the design phase, with selection of a commissioning provider who helps ensure that the building owners and designers’ intent is written into … Read more

Halve the energy use of your LCD monitor

Computing equipment continues to get more efficient, and with LED monitors now available at good prices, there is even more opportunity to save energy. Good power saving settings should be a given for any computer installation. However as you upgrade your computers there are now many ways to save energy. You can switch to laptops … Read more

American retailer Walmart has announced it will cut its supply chain emissions by 20 million tonnes by 2015. If Walmart can do this why can’t the Australian government get our country to do the same? My understanding is that if the government’s proposed CPRS goes ahead Australia’s emissions will be cut by around 20 million … Read more

The Elithis Tower in Dijon, France, consumes just 20 kWh/m2 and was designed to cost no more than a conventional office buildings. The February issue of Ecolibirum, the magazine of AIRAH (Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating) reported on this building. It is a 10 storey building of around 5,000 m2, with solar … Read more