Posts Tagged ‘energy efficiency’

Premier’s Sustainability Award Winners 2013

Posted in Models, Movements by Jessica Bird on October 28th, 2013


From the media release ‘Moonee Valley City Council and Wingate Avenue Community Centre win Premier’s top sustainability award‘:

A project by Moonee Valley City Council and Wingate Avenue Community Centre has won the top Premier’s Recognition Award in the Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2013 for introducing recycling to a community housing estate. The Ascot Vale Housing Estate Household Recycling project defied previous failed attempts to introduce recycling and established a successful, ground-breaking model using targeted and broad-ranging community engagement of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) and lower Socio Economic Status (SES) groups.

The project won the Community category of the awards and then went on to win the night’s overall award. […]

Sustainability Victoria CEO, Stan Krpan, congratulated the Moonee Valley City Council and Wingate Avenue Community Centre project team for their innovative work which delivered recycling to estate’s residents, of whom 55 per cent were born overseas. “A key initiative of this project was the focus on engaging residents from many cultural backgrounds with varying competency in English, in the importance of recycling,” he said. In its first six months, 52 tonnes of recyclables were recovered. Three of the 11 residents who worked on the project secured jobs as a result of their experience.

Now in their eleventh year, the Premier’s Sustainability Awards celebrate efficient use of water, resources and energy, better waste management and recycling practices, the enhancement of the environment and effective, practical community action. The full list of winners of the Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2013 are:

The Premier’s Recognition Award – Moonee Valley City Council and Wingate Avenue Community Centre, taking recycling to public housing residents
The Premier’s Regional Recognition Award – Victoria Carpets, for their work in energy and emissions reduction in their Bendigo plant
Innovative Products or Services Award – ModWood Technologies for development of Flame Shield®, a wood-plastic composite for building in bushfire areas
Infrastructure and Buildings Award – RMIT University for their Swanston Academic Building: a progressive tertiary learning environment
Environmental Protection Award – Mallee Catchment Management Authority’s project: Restoring the balance in the drought-riven Hattah Lakes
Education Award – Bentleigh Secondary College – a world recognised, very sustainable school
Small and Medium Enterprises Award – Rae-Line for embedding sustainability practices in manufacturing soft trim components for trucks
Large Business Award – Victoria Carpets
Community Award – Moonee Valley City Council and Wingate Avenue Community Centre.

>>> For more information on the winners and finalist entries visit the Premier’s Sustainability Awards website.

Get smart: ATA’s Consumer guide to smart Meters

Posted in Models, Research by Jessica Bird on June 17th, 2013

Source: The Alternative Technology Association

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The Alternative Technology Association’s (ATA) Consumer Guide to Smart Meters helps households and small businesses understand and take advantage of products and services associated with smart meters. The guide provides easy-to-understand information. Some of the smart meter products and services exist now, and some are expected to become available in the next two to three years.

>>> You can download the guide from the ATA’s website.

Do You Know What Your Home is Doing Right Now?

Posted in Events, Movements by Mark Ogge on March 1st, 2013

4 March , 2013
6:30 pmto8:00 pm


Do You Know What Your Home is Doing Right Now? – BZE Discussion Group 6.30pm Monday 4th March.

Thermal Imaging Secrets Revealed! As a volunteer with the Bayside Climate Change Action Group, Tim Forcey has conducted energy assessments on over 30 homes, many with a thermal imaging camera. Tim will reveal the many thermal secrets that our homes have been keeping from us – until now! Vermin in the roof, 42 degree bedroom walls at 11 AM, electrical equipment gone mad, the deep dark inner workings of heat pumps! Roll up, roll up!

Tim Forcey has been employed for over thirty years as a chemical engineer working at Exxon Mobil, BHP Billiton, Jemena, and the Australian Energy Market Operator. Tim was a major contributor to BZE’s Zero Carbon Australia (ZCA) 2020 Stationary Energy Plan and is currently working with the Buildings Plan team.

Time: 6:30 – 8pm Monday 4 March 2013

Fritz Loewe Theatre (entry via level 2)
McCoy Building
University of Melbourne
Cnr Elgin & Swanston Streets, Carlton

LIVE streaming of this event will be available for those that cannot attend in person.

>>> For more info on the discussion group see the Beyond Zero Emissions website.

Energy efficient lighting webinar: December 6

Posted in Events by sashashtargot on November 29th, 2012

6 December , 2012
11:00 amto12:00 pm

Energy-efficient downlight

Join the Alternative Technology Association’s John Knox in a free webinar as he discusses the best energy-efficient lighting options for the home. Learn about the good, the bad and the ugly in home lighting. John will talk about replacements for energy-hungry halogen downlights, return on lighting spending, LEDs and other new energy-saving technologies.

There will be a Q & A session at the end of John’s presentation.

John Knox is an electronics design draftsman and electronics researcher. He is a seasoned presenter on household energy efficiency, building design and sustainable technologies. In July 2010 he rode his bicycle around Australia talking to communities about the importance of home energy efficiency.

When:  Thursday 6 December 2012

Time: 11am – noon

Click here to register for free to join the live webinar.

Building A Sustainable House to Suit Your Site: Free Webinar

Posted in Events by sashashtargot on June 7th, 2012

15 June , 2012
11:00 amto12:00 pm

Learn about the importance of site orientation, location and climate in designing an energy efficient, sustainable home at a free webinar on Friday June 15 from 11am-noon.

This will be the fifth webinar in a series held by the Alternative Technology Association in conjunction with bankmecu.

We will be looking at sustainable design elements incorporated in an owner-built home on Sydney’s northern beaches, looking in particular at how the site’s location and challenges (including slope, proximity to the sea, and limited solar access) influenced the design.

The webinar will include a presentation by designer Dick Clarke of Envirotecture and a conversation with homeowners Barbara Stack and Rodney Reece on their design priorities and what it’s like to live in the finished house. The webinar will finish with a Q&A session.

If you’re not able to join in live, view it at the ATA website from a couple of days afterwards.

To register, click here

Geelong-built wind turbine flying high

Posted in Models by Jessica Bird on May 30th, 2012

Source: The Geelong Advertiser, via Dan Cass

Image from Renewable Energy Solutions Australia

From “A new spin on wind turbines” by Shane Fowles

A Geelong-built wind turbine which is spruiked as the quietest in the world has been placed at Tullamarine. It is the second commercial installation of the Eco Whisper Turbine, following a pilot demonstration at Geelong manufacturer Austeng’s North Geelong plant last October. The turbines are being made by Austeng for Renewable Energy Solutions Australia, with aims to produce up to six more for Victorian customers this year. They are not aimed at the wind farm market but for mid-sized businesses or organisations, with the turbine to produce about a third of the power requirements for the Austeng plant.

RESA chief executive officer Tony Le Messurier said the 20kW turbine was placed just outside Tullamarine’s airport precinct. “This is our second commercial installation in Victoria, which marks a crucial milestone in our evolution and the adoption of renewable energy,” he said. After two years of development and testing, RESA believes its quiet turbine has the ability to capture up to 30 per cent more energy than traditional three-bladed designs.

Western Victoria MP David O’Brien is advocating for the technology to be given greater government support, finding it falls in between subsidies offered to households and larger wind farms. “If we can cut red tape or provide targeted assistance to small manufacturers, it will hopefully help companies such as Austeng employ more Geelong workers,” he said.

You can find out more about the Eco Whisper Turbine on the Renewable Energy Solutions Australia website.

Retrofitting Your Home For Energy Efficiency: Free Online Seminar

Posted in Events by sashashtargot on March 27th, 2012

4 April , 2012
11:00 amto12:00 pm

How do you improve your home to make it more energy efficient?  Learn about the simple techniques and products that can save you on bills, improve a home’s comfort and help save the environment: LED lighting, draught proofing, window coverings, insulation and secondary glazing.

The free online seminar by the Alternative Technology Association (ATA), with support from bankmecu, will also look at two home retrofitting case studies – in Melbourne and Goulburn, NSW.

It will feature a presentation by ATA technical expert Michael O’Connell, and insights into their own retrofitting experiences from ATA members and homeowners Gavin Webber and Peter Fraser. It will finish with a Q&A session.

When: Wednesday, April 4.

Time: 11am-noon

For more details and to register:

Build Green Expo

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on August 19th, 2011

18 August , 2011 10:00 amto21 August , 2011 6:00 pm

Appliance & Lighting Energy Calculator: Port Phillip Eco-Centre

Posted in Models, Research by Kate Archdeacon on June 8th, 2011

Source: Port Philip EcoCentre

The Port Phillip EcoCentre has developed a new energy calculator which will enable you to calculate how much energy you use in each room of your house for lighting and for appliances. It helps you identify opportunities for greater efficiency and shows you the results in $ and [CO2]. The potential savings in carbon and real AUD-moolah are staggering. Click here, download the spreadsheet, make a few minutes available to go round the house, counting lightbulbs and appliances, and you could save enough to pay for a holiday. Seriously.

Refit n’ Save in Ballarat

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on March 10th, 2011

Source: BREAZE

Refit your home to become more sustainable without costing the earth!

There’s never been a better time to update your home, thanks to the Refit n’ Save project being run in Ballarat in 2011. When you sign up to the Refit n’ Save network you can access free advice, monthly workshops and discounted products through local suppliers, to make your home more comfortable, more affordable and more sustainable. Whether you’re looking for advice about the right kind of hot water system, or the best way to draught-proof your home, the Refit n’ Save network can put you on the right track.

Refit n’ Save launches in Ballarat with a free Energy Smart Solar Electricity workshop on March 16 – where network members will have the chance to purchase solar systems at reduced prices!  That’s followed up with a FREE DIY Energy Smart Workshop on March 24. Simon Reid will take participants through quick, easy, low-cost or no-cost DIY actions that will make your home more energy efficient – reducing your energy bills and your pollution.

Visit the Breaze website for more information or to register.