Our work covers many disciplines. Here’s a snapshot of some of the projects we’re working on or have completed in the past.
Early in 2014, MEFL completed a project as Environmentally Sustainable Development (ESD) Advisor to Yarra Ranges Council which focused on providing strong impetus in the municipality’s efforts to implement the sustainability elements of the Council and community plan ‘Vision 2020’.
The role included the development of improved sustainability integration processes, particularly in capital works and planning operations, with staff capacity building and training. MEFL provided targeted and specialised advice, training and support across the following areas:
- Capital Works Program – developed an ESD plan for nominated capital works projects.
- Carbon Management Program – review of Council’s existing Carbon Management Program and Asset Management Systems
- Planning Services – investigation of similar planning systems and tools to assist planners evaluate ESD inclusions in development applications
- Capacity & Training – delivered training and built capacity of Council staff on the assessment tools and frameworks that help to integrate environmentally sustainable development into capital works projects and planning application and approval processes.
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has identified a need for increased protection from extreme heat events for its clients in north-west Victoria. MEFL was engaged to tackle this problem, leading a consortium including Design Inc, Ernst and Young, Breathe Architecture and Josh Byrne and Associates.
The consortium developed a new suite of dwelling typologies and precinct approaches that will guarantee summer performance for DHHS clients. The consortium also took cost-effectiveness and and durability into account in the selection of sustainable design measures.
In collaboration with Net Balance, MEFL undertook an analysis of the cost-effectiveness of possible building upgrades in the residential sectors.
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.
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.
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.
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 required us to review the methodology used by CSIRO for evaluating the costs and benefits resulting from the introduction of the 5-star standard and to propose options for a statistically valid, cost effective methodology for undertaking a study. MEFL delivered the project in partnership with Pitt & Sherry.