Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is MEFL’s core business. We have built capacity over a decade to explore and evaluate technical measures that can deliver greater and measurable energy efficiency for buildings and appliances. We have a particular interest in practice applications of technology and are experts in testing and evaluating equipment and ideas in the field.

Our Services

MEFL offer a range of energy efficiency services, including:

  • Commercial and residential energy efficiency opportunities assessments with a focus on identifying and assisting in the implementation of cost effective solutions.
  • Detailed research and data analysis of energy efficiency technology and innovations including demand management solutions.
  • Managing complex relationships with energy retailers and distributers using our strong partnership networks.
  • Operational services, including energy data feedback and community support tools, to ensure sustainability objectives are achieved beyond design and construction.
  • Commercial and residential thermal performance modelling.

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Cooling Communities

As a way to mitigate the Urban Heat Island Effect, MEFL in a partnership with Moreland City Council is working on a project named Cooling Communities. This project is funded through the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and will work in areas of social housing in Moreland.

Why Moreland?

Moreland’s suburbs are particularly vulnerable to heat waves due to a lack of green infrastructure and lack of water bodies such as rivers or lagoons. An analysis shows that vulnerability to the UHIE is particularly extreme in areas of social housing. This project aims to create a set of recommendations which will promote UHIE resilience in social housing areas, for use by local government, social housing providers, and residents across Victoria.

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Residential Sustainability Business Case

 

In collaboration with Net Balance, MEFL undertook an analysis of the cost-effectiveness of possible building upgrades in the residential sectors.

Objective

The objective of the report was to determine to what extent (and to what point) energy efficiency investments in residential buildings make good economic sense for the home owner.  This is in the context of a “whole-of-life” analysis of the costs and benefits, in a context of the broader issue of housing affordability.

Outcomes

This study was based on case studies and the output had to be directly usable by the Building Commission in “fact sheet” and other capacity building material.

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Movable units cooling trials

This project was undertaken for the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in response to a growing demand for cooling devices within dwellings that are owned by the department. MEFL used on-ground research to gather further information and data that would assist the DHHS to build upon its existing knowledge-base on upgrading the energy efficiency of department-owned apartments and movable units.

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Six star scoping study

The Department of Industry and Science contracted MEFL to undertake a scoping study for an evaluation of the benefits and costs resulting from the introduction of the 6-star energy efficiency standard for housing in the Building Code of Australia from 2010.

This ongoing study has required us to review the methodology used by CSIRO for evaluating the costs and benefits resulting form the introduction fo the 5-star standard and to propose options for a statistically valid, cost effective methodology for undertaking a study. MEFL is delivering the project in partnership with Pitt & Sherry.

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Zero Net Energy Town

MEFL is leading a consortium in the development of a business case and blueprint for a Zero Net Energy Town (ZNET) in rural NSW.

The project will determine how best to use local renewable energy resources, energy management and storage technologies to generate at least 100 per cent of the town’s energy needs.

The town of Uralla in NSW which is located inland from Coffs Harbour in the New England region has been chosen from five towns that submitted applications to become the zero net energy town. They won their place based on significant local commitment and a passion for renewables with already widespread solar uptake.

The NSW government will provide $105,000 through the Office of Environment and Heritage to fund the business case and blueprint.

We are very excited to be leading the successful consortium. We’re working with Enhar, Little Sketches, Climateworks, Percepscion and former Net Balance and Deloitte economist Rod Marsh to deliver this landmark project.