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Healthy Homes

Moreland Energy Foundation (MEFL) is very excited to be the delivery partner for the Victorian Healthy Homes program.

The research program, which is funded by Sustainability Victoria, will help low income households where people are living with chronic health problems and focus on improving the warmth of their home during winter. The study’s research partner, University of Technology Sydney (UTS) will then measure whether the improved warmth leads to better health and wellbeing outcomes. The program will also measure whether the upgrades help to reduce energy consumption in the homes.

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EnergySmart Research Program

Moreland Energy Foundation is proud to be working with the Department of Health & Human Services on the EnergySmart Public Housing Research Program.

The program will replace inefficient electric water heaters, electric heaters and deliver tailored thermal upgrades to 1,500 public housing properties from July 2017. There is a significant focus on delivering these upgrades to regional Victoria.

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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 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.

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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.

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Demand-side Management Opportunities

The Clean Energy Council contracted MEFL to develop a guide to equip small and medium enterprises with the knowledge to better manage their electricty use. This includes how to understand electricity tariffs and daily electricity consumption profiles.

The guide details targeted actions to effect demand-side management solutions and how they might be of financial benefit to specific business types.

Partner and funding

The project was undertaken with partners Entura, who undertook a background study to support the guide. It was part of a suite of Clean Energy Council projects funded through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

The guide is now available online.

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Residential On-Ground Assessment Project

MEFL has been researching home energy efficiency, in partnership with Sustainability Victoria.

Improving the energy efficiency of existing houses is a key step in reducing household energy consumption.

We have undertaken a number of projects with Sustainability Victoria to gather information about how to improve the energy efficiency of existing Victorian houses. The four focus areas are as follows:

  • Replacing halogen downlights
  • Installing wall insulation
  • Draught proofing
  • Comprehensive energy efficiency assessments of existing houses

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Shepparton Energy Reduction Plan

Greater Shepparton City Council has taken on MEFL to develop its organisation-wide Energy Reduction Plan.

Strategy

This plan develops both a long term strategy for the council to reduce the emissions intensity of its corporate assets and operational processes to ensure it meets its goals.

Expectations

Shepparton Council is very progressive, with a great array of talented staff. Like other regional councils, Shepparton faces special challenges in becoming carbon neutral. We are confident that the Energy Reduction Plan will enable Shepparton to take a leadership role in addressing these challenges.