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  • Boarding Houses – Do they need Section J, BASIX, or both?

    We have talked before in this blog about how boarding houses, Classified as Class 3 buildings in the building code, should be assessed. The question was, should they go through BASIX at DA/Development Approval stage, or Section J of the building code at Construction Certificate stage.   We have just received some news from the […]

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  • Big Changes to Section J coming in 2019

    The changes that are forecast to be introduced to Section J in 2019 are big. So, grab a coffee and sit back and read on. The starting point is to forget everything you thought you knew about Section J and start again! If you are new to this then it is important to know that […]

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  • Changes to Basix – 1st July 2017

    This article is intended as a heads up to our clients about the soon to be implemented changes to Basix.  It’s also a reminder to those who know about the changes but might not have noticed that the implementation of these modifications is fast approaching. On the 1st July 2017, Basix energy targets will increase. […]

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  • Kingspan opens Australian Manufacturing Facility

    Kingspan Group Opens Australian Insulation Manufacturing Facility

    Kingspan Insulation opens high-tech, energy-efficient Australian Manufacturing Facility

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  • The ABCB’s Energy Efficiency Initiative

    We touched on the current energy efficiency review being carried out by the ABCB in the article on the 10 Year anniversary. The scope of the changes are potentially very broad so we thought we would bring some more information directly from the ABCB. There is a link to the full ABCB information page at […]

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  • Selling Your Own excess Power

    An article by Emma Young in the West Australia newspaper WA Today, caught our eye. It reports on a trial in Perth where people with solar panels can sell their excess power to each other but not back to the grid.   The article below is from this original article where you can also listen to […]

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  • 10 Years of Section J

    Who would have believed it? Section J has now been around for 10 years. Section J was introduced on the 1st of May 2006, however it had a 6 month implementation delay so it technically came into force in November 2006. Even by January 2007 very few people seemed to know about it. We even […]

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  • Changes to the CBD Scheme

    Where Section J affects new building stock, the Federal Government introduced the Commercial Building Disclosure Scheme (CBD Scheme) to activate market forces to prompt the improvement in energy efficiency in existing buildings. More background on the scheme can be found in an earlier post. Commercial Building Disclosure Scheme and later Commercial Building Disclosure CBD. The scheme […]

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  • Where does Australia sit in the Global Energy Efficiency Rankings?

    A recent article by the Energy Efficiency Council makes for sobering reading. Compared to the rest of the world, Australia is doing poorly on energy efficiency.  Interestingly money spent on energy efficiency is an investment and not an expense. This is made clear when energy efficiency reduces energy use and then the flow on effect will […]

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  • Moving Office

    Change in life is a constant. After 9 years in our office we found the landlord didn’t want to renew the lease this time around! I guess he had a better offer. So we’ve moved to the office next door. It happens to be more modern, bigger and nicer! We can still say “we are […]

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  • Changes to Section J

    2016 marks the start of a new 3 year amendment cycle for the Building Code of Australia after previously following a yearly cycle. The NCC/BCA2016 has changed very little from the 2015 Code. The amendments are two-fold: slab edge insulation is now required for Class 2-9 buildings in order to improve thermal performance (JV3(g)(ii)(C)) an […]

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  • Industry Working Group

    After a preliminary examination of the draft in the new code’s proposed changes to Section J, professionals from the commercial and multi-residential sustainable design and construction industries were alarmed.  They based their views on Section J – NCC 2016 Volume One Public Draft (V2) and formed a working group to critically analyse the document. Among […]

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  • What Is Possible?

    Since 2007 the public/political debate around sustainability degenerated into polarized political positions which appear to be separated from reality.  Yet at an individual level people have the good sense to ignore the politics and get on with life. Adoption of solar PV systems has continued unabated with roof top systems contributing more than 3MW of […]

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  • Energy Master Planning

    We typically see a lot of projects at Construction Certificate Stage and when we review the plans at this phase the design is finished. So often we say, “if only we had had a look at this at concept stage” because at that point you make decisions that save energy/money for the life of the building. There is no […]

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  • NABERS Rating

    Preparing NABERS ratings and BEEC (Building Energy Efficiency Certificate) under the CBD Scheme has continued to be an active area of our work. We still receive many enquiries about it and going back through our newsletters we realised there are a number of articles regarding the subject. So for those of our readers wanting to brush-up, following are a […]

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  • Edward DeBono

    Challenge Conventional Thinking

    We thought it was a good time to be a little philosophical and reflect on the approach we take to energy master planning. “We need creativity in order to break free from the temporary structures that have been set up by a particular sequence of experience” Edward de Bono Many years ago Edward De Bono explained that […]

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  • Changes to NCC (BCA) Section J in 2013

    Changes to Section J – 2013

    Every year a new edition of the National Construction Code* (NCC) is issued on the 1st May. The new edition contains all the updates needed for the code across all sections. Since Section J was added in 2006, there have been amendments each year. Usually these have been minor with the exception of 2010 when […]

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  • Electric Car Charging Station

    Electric Car Charging Station

    Earlier this year we were surprised to spot an electric car charging point. It turns out it is the first public charging point in NSW and was a joint venture of The City of Canada Bay and the NRMA. It also had a car plugged in at the time. The same model electric car that […]

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  • Medical Sailing Ministries - Ready for 2013 voyage

    Ready for Departure

    For those of you following the Remote Area Medical Assistance project in Vanuatu we can report that the yacht ‘Chimere’ arrived safely in Sydney from Melbourne and is making final preparations for departure to Vanuatu. Application Solutions’ Managing Director, Andrew Latimer will be skippering the August leg of the voyage which will be based around […]

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  • Improving your NABERS rating

    Improving your NABERS rating

    It may come as a surprise to many that improving a building’s NABERS rating is not just about reducing energy use. It is about reducing emissions. Taking this into account changes thinking about which building upgrade to approve.   For example if you reduce electrical energy use by 20% you reduce emission by 20% also. […]

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  • Team UOW compete in Solar Decathlon China 2013

    New thinking for an old design

    We are always on the lookout for innovative solutions. When this project from Wollongong came along, we just had to have a second look. A team made up of people from the University of Wollongong, the local technical college TAFE Illawarra, and local industries put this project together. This team, aptly named Team UOW set out […]

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  • Eco Engineering Solutions Logo

    Eco Engineering Solutions Launch

    Application Solutions Sister Company

    Over the years Application Solutions has grown and now services a broad sustainability and energy efficiency field. To serve our customers better we have moved our building services and technology areas into a new division – Eco Engineering Solutions. The new name better describes this area of our work. We have some exciting developments in […]

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  • Environmental Upgrade Agreements

    In our last newsletter we talked about Environmental Upgrade Agreements which is the scheme in NSW to help Landlords and Tenants of commercial properties undertake approved works and equitability share the costs/benefits. We think it’s a great idea as getting agreements between Landlords and tenants can be a real stumbling block to getting work done. […]

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  • An Illuminating Example

    In a recent energy audit for a large warehouse, lighting was found to be the biggest energy consumer. This might be as expected but the options for reducing energy on site are typically limited because the lighting used are high bay lights. These do not function well with movement sensors or light level sensors because […]

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  • Green Cities Expo

    Application Solutions, in association with Green Synergy consulting will be exhibiting at the forthcoming Green Cities Expo to be held in Sydney on 6th and 7th March 2013. We will be located at booth 56, between the Urban Retreat and The Hub (See floor plan).  Please pop in for a visit – we’d love to […]

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  • Energy Audit Process

    Getting the most out of Energy Efficiency

    the energy audit process

    Over the years we have evolved our approach to energy efficiency to maximise the benefits to our clients. We always start with an energy audit. Although there are Australian Standards for energy audits which we follow, in reality many clients are not ready or do not have the available data to complete an audit to […]

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  • The Future is in the hands of youth

    I recently I saw a TV item on a young nuclear scientist. The snippets I saw stayed in my mind but didn’t make sense. For example I remember that as a primary school age boy he gave a one hour lecture on nuclear physics at a school open day. I remember the high pitched pre-puberty […]

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  • EUA - NSW Building Upgrade for Energy Efficiency

    Energy Efficiency Funding Assistance

    Making a valid business case of investing in Energy Efficiency

    Energy Efficiency projects usually present a self evident business case. There is a capital expenditure (or more accurately a life cycle cost) followed by a flow of savings in recurrent expenditure over the life of the project. A range of projects will have different returns on investment related to the capital, time and savings involved. Invariably some of these will meet the business’ investment criteria. If that is the case why don’t more energy efficiency projects get built?

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  • Improving your NABERS rating

    Are you dissatisfied with the result of your NABERS rating? Read on to see if you’re stuck with it!

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  • Congratulations Matthew!

    Anyone who knows Matthew knows how hard he works. On top of his sustainability consulting work Matthew has persevered with his PhD all this time.

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  • Vanuatu - Remote Area Medical Assistance

    Vanuatu – Remote Area Medical Assistance

    Planning Underway for 2013 program

    We have mentioned our work supporting the delivery of medical assistance to the remote parts of Vanuatu in previous Newsletters which can be found here; Planning is underway to return to the islands in 2013. We will have more on the upcoming voyage in future Newsletters but in the meantime we thought you might like […]

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  • Australian Energy Saving Scheme - Energy Certificate

    Save Energy and Make Money

    Energy Saving Certificates

    Imagine doing the right thing by the environment by investing in energy efficiency works and getting paid to do it. How does this work?

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  • JV3 - A way forward with Section J Compliance

    Section J – Alternative Solutions (JV3)

    Achieving Building Energy Efficiency through an alternative solution

    Achieving Section J Compliance on your existing building can be a prohibitively expensive exercise in cases where the standard solutions don’t seem to fit the design. Could a Section J – Alternative Solution be the way forward for you?

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  • Roof Colour affects Energy Ratings

    Roof Colour Matters!

    Selecting a Roof Colour to assist in an energy efficient building

    Building a new commercial building in Climate Zone 5? Did you know that roof colour matters!

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  • ESD Intern at Application Solutions

    ESD Internship – Thermal Engineering

    Minh Pham Tuan (Minh) has started an internship at Application Solutions. He has an undergraduate degree in engineering (Heat and Refrigeration) and is currently studying for his Masters.  Minh is undertaking two projects while he is with us. The first is a solar air-conditioning project which we will feature in a future newsletter. The second […]

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  • Reciprocating engine driving generator with jacket and exhaust gas heat recovery

    Co-Gen and Tri-Gen

    Co-gen and Tri-gen are strategies to improve energy efficiency and to improve your NABERS rating. How do you  know if this is applicable to your facility? Co-generation is the local production of electricity and heat where both forms of energy can be utilized on site or nearby. This improves the system efficiency considerably compared to […]

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  • Carbon Disclosure Project – 2012 reports released

    With the economy in many countries in a downward trend it is interesting to know what the leading companies are doing about climate change. Has it been put to one side? The Carbon Disclosure Project has just released its 2012 reports and there are some surprising findings.

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  • Which developments require a Section J Assessment?

    All Class 2 to 9 buildings need to comply with section J. Class 2 buildings (multi units) also must comply with Basix at the DA stage. Because of this, Class 2 buildings are exempt from a number of the Section J provisions. Never the less, there are still a number of specific provisions applicable to […]

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  • Thermal Performance of Walls

    In Sydney (Climate Zones 5 & 6) commercial buildings require an R-value of R2.8 for the external walls. A common misconception is that a double brick wall will achieve that. Unfortunately brick is not a good insulator. It does have thermal mass, an advantage which is recognised in some situations, but commonly commercial buildings require […]

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  • Proving Compliance

    Occasionally a certificate purporting that a design complies with Section J is submitted yet there is no evidence to show that it does. Application Solutions checked up on a certificate recently only to find the person concerned didn’t have a copy of Section J and didn’t know what it contained. That didn’t stop him claiming […]

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  • Bulk Insulation

    The R-Value of bulk insulation is reduced if it is compressed. The allocated space for bulk insulation must allow the insulation to be installed so that it maintains its correct thickness. This is particularly relevant to wall and cathedral ceiling framing whose members can only accommodate a limited thickness of insulation. In some instances, larger […]

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  • Saving Energy – Commercial Kitchens

    Our Alliance Partner, DNA Energy Solutions have for many years provided voltage management equipment to reduce energy consumed by lighting. This is particularly effective in factories with high bay lights. Savings of 25% to 35% are typically achieved in these situations. As factory high bay lights usually run all day, at peak tariff, it is very costly. […]

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  • ESD Internship

    Application Solutions is currently hosting a young graduate during an internship. Michael has a degree in electrical engineering and a Masters in Engineering Science (Photvoltaics and Solar Energy). During his time with us he has been looking at electrical load shifting strategies to reduce the peak load (and therefore cost) for businesses. He has also been […]

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  • Energy Efficient LED Lighting

    We have been following the progress of WBS Technology for some years and it was good to see them at the Expo also. WBS became involved in LED lighting back when the quality available was indifferent and the cost prohibitive. WBS set out to manufacture their own LED lighting where they could guarantee the quality […]

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  • Cradle to Cradle – Carpet

    Back in 2008 the Green Building Council of Australia ran the Green Cities Conference. At that conference there was an inspirational presentation by Michael Braungart, co-author of the book ‘Cradle to Cradle’. Michael outlined an entirely different way of thinking about technology modelled on a technological cycle which mimics the biological cycle. In this cycle […]

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  • Retrofit Double Glazing

    Another option for improving energy efficiency in existing buildings is to install double glazing. Double glazing improves the insulation property of glazing. However, to replace existing glazing is a very expensive option. The Magnetite systems utilises the existing glazing and adds an inner glazed panel. This panel is made of polycarbonate and is light and […]

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  • Energy Efficient Window Film

    Options for improving energy efficiency in existing buildings is always welcome. New high tech window films can help improve the thermal performance of your existing glazing. The air-conditioning load placed on a building with high solar heat gain on one side and cold shadows on the other is substantial and costly. By reducing the solar […]

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  • Recycling Fluorescent Lights

    Whether you are replacing a single faulty fluro or re-lamping the building with more energy efficient lighting, the problem of disposing of the old fluro tubes presents itself. Fluro tubes contain mercury and should not be disposed of in the garbage. 96% of lamps containing mercury end up in land fill*. Now there is an […]

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  • Total Facilities Live Expo

    The Application Solutions team attended the Total Facilities Live Expo recently. The first thing that struck us was how, in a few short years, the range of energy efficient options available has increased enormously. We have picked out a few exhibitors in different areas to highlight in this edition of our newsletter. The examples chosen […]

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  • Green Star Buildings

    Green Star has become a default standard for the design of environmentally sustainable buildings. As it is a voluntary rating system it has been, until recently, confined to CBD buildings being developed with a visionary zeal. As time has passed many tenants have evolved their own environmental standards for buildings they lease and are starting […]

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  • NCC/BCA2012 – Section J Update

    On the 1st May each year the new building code comes out. This year there is very little to report concerning changes to Section J. There were major changes in 2010 but in 2011 and 2012 the changes have been relatively minor. However, the Australian Building Codes Board is foreshadowing major future changes resulting from […]

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  • Application Solutions – Web Site

    Application Solutions went live with its new web site in July. We are very excited about it because it handles a lot of information in a much more user friendly way. Our services are grouped into several user groups to make it easier to find what you are looking for. Other material is selected by […]

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  • Managing the Commercial Implications of the Carbon Tax

    While only around 500 entities are directly impacted, the carbon pricing mechanism and related measures are likely to have a broad and transformative effect on the Australian economy and impact all businesses over time. The price on carbon commenced on 1 July 2012 making an understanding of the mechanics of this major reform important for […]

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  • The Carbon Tax

    Facing a New Reality The carbon debate has generated a lot of heat over the last few years. The two major political parties have polarised views and policies and it is very hard to know how to interpret the information thrown at us in the media. At Application Solutions, we take the view that it […]

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  • Glazing

    Sometimes the results of the glazing calculations seem counter intuitive. For example improving the thermal performance of the glazing (using lower U and SHGC values than required) should, you would think, improve compliance. This is not always the case. In some climate zones (eg Climate Zone 6) the calculator looks for some solar heat gain […]

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  • Do I have to comply with Section J if I am only renovating?

    The Environmental, Planning & Assessment Act requires new work (renovations alterations of a structural nature) to comply with the BCA. The BCA only requires the new work to comply with the BCA therefore Section J only applies to the new work. You do not have to bring the whole existing building into compliance as would […]

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  • A Return to Steam

    Our alliance partner, Antony Pritchett, faced an interesting challenge. He had to move a 4.5 tonne steam engine from St Ives where it had been on display for many years. With no immediate alternative display venue available it had to go into storage on the Central Coast. A large gathering of family and friends bent […]

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  • If the DA doesn’t mention Section J do I still have to comply?

    The requirement to comply arises because all developments must comply with the BCA. Section J is one part of the BCA and must be complied with like all other parts. DAs will often contain a condition requiring compliance with Section J specifically or the BCA generally (or both) however, these are advisory in nature as […]

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  • Reducing Australia’s Carbon Emissions

    The Green Cities 08 conference speakers made repeated references to the scale of the carbon emissions problem and the need to take substantial and immediate action to avoid severe climate change effects. The amount of CO2 in the atmosphere is already above the stabilization level to keep global temperatures within 2 degrees of current levels. […]

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  • When is the right time to think about Section J of the BCA?

    In terms of compliance it becomes a “have to” at the Construction Certificate stage. At that stage the certifier will want you to demonstrate compliance. That is where Application Solutions can help by preparing a comprehensive Compliance Assessment. Leaving thoughts of energy efficiency (which is what Section J is all about) until the end of […]

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  • Inspections

    In our last newsletter we talked about Section J being new and that everyone was working out what they had to do at the Construction Certificate stage. Now the question arises, what do we need to do at the other end of the process? Obviously PCAs will want the Section J part of the work […]

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  • What is NABERS?

    The early development stage of the National Australian Built Environment Rating System – NABERS was through a greenhouse gas emission rating, known as the Australian Building Greenhouse Rating (ABGR), developed through the Federal Government’s then Australian Greenhouse Office, and commercialised by the then NSW Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA). The NSW Department of Environment and […]

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  • FINDING SOLUTIONS –An Example

    Engineers Australia recently hosted a presentation by Richard Hunwick (www.hunwickconsultants.com.au) on plug-in-hybrid vehicles. We can give you a glimpse of Richard’s proposition here and would encourage you to visit his web site and visit the link on plug-in-hybrid cars for more detail. Richard sees the PHEV as the way Australia can reduce its dependence on […]

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  • NABERS Energy Rating – A Reality Check

    At the design/development stage many developers of office buildings are focused on minimum compliance in order to keep their costs down. They are also aware that some decisions might be justified on a life cycle basis but they are concerned that while they may bear the initial cost of energy saving initiatives, the future owner […]

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  • Big Savings on Energy Costs

    It is easy to understand why business owners and managers might be hesitant to commission an energy assessment. It is an unknown field for most people. But it is amazing how much energy can be saved. These savings translate into cost savings and improved profits for our clients. A recent example of an assessment carried […]

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  • Looking to the Future

    Late last year (2008) CNN ran a story about an emerging green race between China and the rest of the world. The paradox is that many in the world are accusing China of being a major polluter and of not supporting international efforts to curb carbon pollution. But behind the scenes China is apparently making the […]

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  • BYD

    In our last newsletter we referred to the Chinese car maker BYD in relation to the story about plug in hybrid cars. The concepts mentioned may have sounded far fetched; for example that BYD has a goal to be the world’s largest car maker; that plug in hybrids (PHEV) could solve the electricity grid management […]

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  • Talking about Tri-Generation

    Application Solutions is all about looking for solutions; Solutions to difficult energy management problems. We try to adopt a common sense approach yet starting with first principles. It is a trend in the ESD field that the most effective solutions are integrated so that output from one component is input to another so that the […]

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  • Sustainable Sydney—2030

    Last month we attended a seminar where the City of Sydney tri-generation strategy was explained. This is also elaborated on in the City of Sydney web site: “It is expected that tri-generation, when combined with other demand reduction measures, will provide approximately 70% of the electricity requirements for the City in 2030. The balance of […]

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  • Managing Commercial Risks

    The NABERS rating is a rigorous process of data collection and analysis and not all buildings may comply with NABERS Rules. The results are very sensitive to small changes to the inputs. It can result in: 1. a Base Building energy rating lower than expected or required 2. a Whole Building rating only or 3. […]

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  • AuSES Tour of Solar Thermal Power Station

    The Australian Solar Energy Society arranged a field trip to Australia’s largest solar thermal power station recently. The plant is part of Macquarie Generation’s Liddell Power Station in the Hunter Valley. Novatec Solar has been awarded the contract to build the new 9MW thermal solar field at Liddell, which will complement the existing plant, a […]

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  • SUSTAINABILITY – First Principles

    This year, Application Solutions Director, Andrew Latimer, spent time in Vanuatu with his brother and other volunteers supporting the Vanuatu Prevention of Blindness Project (VPBP). The task was to sail the medical teams and a huge quantity of medical supplies to the remotest islands in the chain providing services not delivered any other way. This […]

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  • Mandatory Disclosure is here! Commercial Building Disclosure

    The Commercial Building Disclosure Scheme For a while it was called the Mandatory Disclosure of Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings Scheme. But that was a mouth full. So now it is the Commercial Buildings Disclosure Scheme; which can be conveniently shortened to CBD. As many readers will know, Section J (of the BCA) has been […]

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  • Thermal Mass

    Concrete and brickwork have very low inherent insulation properties. This comes as a surprise because the perception is that these types of walls are a substantial barrier to the outside environment. While they are a substantial barrier, this is more a measure of thermal mass; The ability to store heat (or cold). Heat will travel […]

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  • Safety

    Insulation should not interfere with the safety or performance of services and fittings such as heating flues, recessed light fittings, transformers for low voltage lighting, gas appliances and general plumbing and electrical components. This includes providing appropriate clearances. Low voltage lighting transformers should not be covered by insulation and be mounted above the insulation rather […]

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  • Test Driving an Electric Vehicle

    At the recent Opportunity Green Summit 2012 in Melbourne, I had the opportunity to test drive a Mitsubishi iMIEV all-electric vehicle. As these are on the market for around $50K, driving an electric vehicle is not likely to be a common experience. Everyone who drives an electric vehicle talks about the quietness – this fooled […]

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  • Energy Cost Control = Strategic Advantage

    The use of energy in a building or a business is invisible to the mind and in the past was a small component of overall costs. Now it is a significant cost and we must be able to see how energy is used in order to be able to take steps to save energy costs. […]

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  • Looking at things differently….

    These days a lot of sustainability issues are legislated and we “have to do them”. But interestingly, although there is usually a cost involved, there is also a financial benefit. A more efficient building is a cheaper building to run and usually pays back the added cost in a few years. ESD features are also […]

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  • The Commercial Building Disclosure Scheme – Take Action

    In our own work we are assisting a number of companies go through a process to prepare themselves for the introduction of the CBD Scheme. That work has led us to make the following general recommendations to building owners: Ensure a senior executive is appointed to oversee the NABERS/CBD process, facilitate the data collection activities, […]

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  • Vanuatu – Remote Area Medical Assistance

    Application Solutions director, Andrew Latimer and his brother and other volunteers once again sailed among the islands of Vanuatu to transport medical teams and equipment to the remotest places. Many of the islands have no electricity and in the very few towns that do, diesel generators provide the base load supply at great cost. A […]

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  • Insulation Around Framing

    Insulation is to be fitted tightly to each side of framing members but need not be continuous over the framing member. The Total R-Value requirements are calculated for parts of the roof, walls or floor that are clear of any framing members. First featured in our newsletter Autumn 2011 Section J Compliance Assessment

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  • Condensation

    Artificial cooling of buildings in some climates can cause condensation to form inside the layers of the building envelope. Such condensation can cause significant structural or cosmetic damage to the envelope before it is detected. Associated mould growth may also create health risks to the occupants. Effective control of condensation is a complex issue. In […]

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  • Energy Audit Pays Off

    In our newsletter we have often talked about energy audits being an investment rather than a cost. This is because the initial expense can have on going benefits in terms of energy savings. There is nothing like a real life example to bring this home. Our Alliance partners, DNA Electrical carried out an initial energy audit […]

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  • Commercial Building Disclosure (CBD)

    This is a national program designed to improve the energy efficiency of Australia’s large office buildings. From 1 November 2010 mandatory disclosure obligations became applicable to many commercial buildings. Anyone selling or leasing office space of 2,000 m2 or more are required to obtain and disclose an up-to-date energy efficiency rating. (Some exceptions and exemptions […]

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  • Getting on top of BASIX – Thermal Simulation

    BASIX is a sustainability assessment tool required in NSW for all new residential developments as well as alterations and additions to existing buildings in which the cost of work exceeds $50 000. By taking data from the design, location, size and building materials, BASIX aims to reduce energy and water usage which in turn helps […]

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  • The Alternative Solution Approach – Section J

    We have received quite a few enquiries about JV3 Verification Method alternative solutions for various types of commercial buildings in the past few months. There is a gradual recognition of the value of using JV3 to reach Section J compliance despite of the possibly higher cost associated with JV3 comparing to that of Deemed-To-Satisfy (DTS) […]

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  • Section J—Cost Benefit

    No one likes more regulations. Yet no one seems to really object to the idea of regulating for energy efficiency. There are plenty of grumbles from people who have found out about the new regulations late in the approval process resulting in unexpected delay and cost. Others have complained that it has increased complexity. And […]

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  • Section J – the big secret!

    It still surprises us how little is known about Section J in the wider community. Environmentalists are surprised to find out that Section J is in place and affecting new commercial buildings. Is Section J working, or not?…

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  • The Origins of Section J

    The effect of greenhouse gases on the climate and the consequential widespread effects on communities are now well recognised. Realising this must have an impact on the way we build. Read on to find our more about reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Australia

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