The Australian government unveiled plans two months ago to impose a tax on carbon emissions from July 2012, before moving to a carbon trading system from mid-2015.
"Australia's decision to put a price on carbon emissions is, in our view, an important step, both environmentally and economically," European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said on Monday after talks with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Canberra.
Post date: 8 Sep 2011
This specification is intended to be a guide for designing an Active House, as a building that combines energy efficiency with specific attention to the indoor climate and focus on user’s health and well-being. The scope of this specification is residential buildings. The Active House specification is intended to be a guideline for construction and design industries at an international level. It seeks innovative approaches at technical levels whilst introducing goals of architectural quality and environmental design responsiveness and still securing energy efficiency.
Post date: 15 Abr 2011
"The cost to install solar panels has reduced substantially since the Solar Credits mechanism was first announced in December 2008, driven by a strong economy, a high dollar and falling technology costs," Mr Combet said. "In this time, demand for solar installations has also increased rapidly, as the out-of-pocket cost to households has dropped and generous State and Territory feed-in tariffs have provided additional support to households. As a result, the phase out of the Solar Credits multiplier will be brought forward by one year, from:5 to 4 on 1 July 2011;
Post date: 2 Dic 2010
The commercial building sector currently accounts for about 10 per cent of Australia’s total greenhouse gas emissions.
"Improving the energy efficiency of buildings is one of the fastest and most cost-effective ways to reduce Australia’s carbon emissions," Mr Dreyfus said. "For every one-star increase in an office building’s energy rating there is an estimated 15 per cent saving in energy costs per year."
Mr Dreyfus officially launched the program at the Pixel Building in Melbourne, Australia’s first carbon neutral commercial office building.
Post date: 18 Nov 2010
The findings of the Report will complement improvements in energy efficiency that the Government is making through the National Energy Efficiency Strategy and other energy efficiency programs.
The recommendations of this report will also be considered as part of the Government’s Energy White Paper process.
Post date: 15 Oct 2010
Claims that energy efficiency ratings of houses are flawed because they do not account for the behaviour of households are unfounded as NatHERS ratings are usually completed before a house is constructed. So it would be impossible to rate the behaviour of the occupants, such as their lifestyle and appliance choice. Since heating and cooling typically account for only around 40% of household energy use, NatHERS ratings will not accurately predict total household consumption. The other main sources of energy use in homes are lighting, hot water and appliances.
Post date: 27 Ago 2010
Post date: 19 Ago 2010
Built to honor the assassinated Kanak leader, Jean-Marie Tjibaou, as well as the culture of the Kanak peoples, the cultural center is modeled after a traditional Kanak village, and the pavilions were inspired by Kanak huts. Using traditional materials coupled with modern materials and technology, Piano also utilizes clever green building strategies to keep the pavilions cool and integrate the center with nature.
Post date: 28 Jul 2010
To capture the progress that is being made towards a decarbonised built environment at the national level, RICS commissioned the Environment Institute at University College London to develop a new index: the Global Zero Carbon Capacity Index also known as the ZC2 Index. The purpose of this index is to highlight which countries are developing the capacity to make progress towards the aspirational goal of a zero-carbon built environment.
Post date: 21 Jul 2010
The Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Bill to implement the Commercial Building Disclosure scheme was passed by the Australian Parliament on 24 June 2010. It is anticipated that the requirement to disclose information will commence around October 2010. The Government will make this date known and finalise the regulations of the scheme in the coming weeks.
Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Senator Penny Wong, has welcomed the passage of the enhanced Renewable Energy Target and Building Energy Efficiency legislation through the Parliament.
Post date: 8 Jul 2010