Industrial energy efficiency

Dr Stephen White

Dr Stephen White is CSIRO's Program Leader for the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL) talks about the EnergyFit Homes Project research, which is a collaborative approach to unlocking the value of energy efficient homes for buyers, renters and investors.  The EnergyFit Homes Project proposes a national voluntary home energy efficiency disclosure system, designed to empower consumers to rate and value homes with lower running costs and health, comfort and sustainability benefits.

Further reading:

CRCLCL Media Release: Consumers want energy-efficiency facts on homes – new research shows

Dr Stephen Bygrave

To speak about such a topic, the guest was BZE CEO Dr Stephen Bygrave who is about to embark on a new challenge to join the Queensland government as executive director in the field of environment and climate change.

The work of BZE has encompassed such diverse areas as 100% renewable energy and how soon this may be viable, buildings, battery storage, agriculture including land clearing, industrial processes (such as alternatives in the production of aluminium), and transport to name just a few. In fact BZE has attained worldwide acclaim.

Transport in particular is responsible for 15% of national emissions but the ridiculous dependence on cars in Australia is badly in need of a "mode shift" in favour of public transport and electric cars not forgetting the movement of freight. It is so short-sighted by governments to move freight on the road in lieu of rail which had been achieved in the past. BZE has also written on the topic of high speed rail which has been utilised so successfully in other countries, in particular India and China where there are so many people to accommodate!

So Stephen will perhaps be involved in the different challenges that Queensland can throw up  - none bigger than the Great Barrier Reef and Adani and land clearing!

(Summary written by BZE volunteer Bev McIntyre 12/8/16)

Charles Rendigs


The reduction of extremes in heat or cold without continually increasing power consumption

The answer is provided by Charles Rendigs, the National Business Development manager of "Thermoshield", an Australian company developed and owned, situated at Dandenong. It is a coating for roofs that can be painted or sprayed on, can be coloured by mixing with  red or green paint. White of course is generally used when a high  solar reflective index is desired i.e. in Summer but as it ages its capacity to reflect is naturally diminished.

But Thermoshield can also be used to retain warmth inside in the Winter months i.e. as a form of insulation producing what is called "dead air" space so its properties can work to either reflect or absorb. It can be used in conjunction with  PV as PV usually only covers part of the roof and may heat up around the cells. It can increase the productivity of cells during the day. It can also be complementary to pink batts. air conditioners and other forms of temperature control.

It has been tested by CSIRO and has been used from Queensland to Melbourne. It sounds like a robot acting as instructed!

(Summary written by Bev McIntyre)

Tim Forcey: 22 ways to cut your energy bills

How to save money on power bills

This is a headline which should be of interest to everyone!

Beyond Zero's Kay and Michael speaks to Tim Forcey, Energy Advisor, Melbourne Energy Institute, University of Melbourne talks about 22 things you can do to improve your home’s energy performance. And how to reach the ultimate goal of a home heated and powered by 100% renewable electricity. 

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Tim has ideas on 22 ways of cutting power bills  and 38% off electricity and gas.  He said there is no economic reason for connection to the gas grid as gas has increased in price 75% over the last  5 years!  To make the production and usage of hot water  go further it is preferable to consider heat pumps and those with smart meters would find it simpler to trace one's usage regularly. It is possible to do this on line for the clever ones (my expression!)

But first on the list is to install LED lights  and thereby  using less power without heating and these are of course now being offered free of  charge. Next it is also a good idea  to ring retailers  to request what discounts are available ot to  threaten to switch if dissatisfied!

But before getting too technical adequate insulation is important  particularly hot water pipes and pressure release valves and a commonsense approach e.g. checking for draughts from old fireplaces and vents and the installatiom of old fashioned drapes and pelmets

Michael raised the question of showerheads which Tim said need not be either giving a satisfying shower or be saving hot water but could be both and if not satisfied could be returned! And that green power is provided by most retailers not only Powershop.

(Summary written by Bev McIntyre)

Further reading:

The Conversation: 22 ways to cut your energy bills (before spending on solar panels)

Presentation: Tim Forcey: How to cheaply and comfortably heat your home with renewable energy

Trent Hawkins - Zero Net Energy Towns

Trent Hawkins is Senior Consultant at renewables and energy efficiency consultancy Enhar. He joins Beyond Zero to talk about his latest technical research on Zero Net Energy Towns. This project looks at supporting Australian towns and villages assess and design their own plan to achieve 100% renewable energy over a period of 5-10 years. Trent has completed a report about Uralla NSW which is a Z-NET Case Study Town. 

Trent was the Project Director of the recently published Zero Carbon Australia Buildings Plan at Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE). The report is a groundbreaking new pathway for Australia's existing buildings to respond to the challenges of climate change, dependence on fossil fuels, and rising energy prices. Trent was a research director with BZE, a climate change solutions think tank for over three years, including playing a role in senior management of the organization. He was a contributing author to the Banksia award-winning Zero Carbon Australia Stationary Energy Plan. Trent is a Mechanical Engineer with a background in renewable energy and computational modelling.

Craig Roussac CEO Buildings Alive

Craig Roussac is CEO and co-founder of Buildings Alive, an independent energy efficiency information service for building owners and operators.  Craig is a Fulbright Scholar, a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney and previously director of the Investa Sustainability Institute's program of action research for sustainability in the built environment. 

Abbie Curtis, Sustainability Analyst at Verdantix


Abbie Curtis, Sustainability Analyst at Verdantix, researches and provides authoritative data, analysis and advice to help clients succeed with their energy, environment and sustainability strategies.

Verdantix clients are located in more than 100 countries, ranging from the world’s largest power utilities, oil and gas firms and chemicals firms to VC-backed energy and building technology start-ups.
Abbie explains Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) and her projects in operational areas such as energy management, GHG management, facilities management, EH&S, sustainability assurance and sustainability reporting.

Abbie is author of the report "Rethinking Sustainability: Brand Risks & Opportunities”, which found successful marketing officers to integrating sustainability into their corporate brands.

Mary Ann Piette, Director of the Demand Response Research Center, LBNL

Mary Ann Piette is head of the Building Technology and Urban Systems department and director of the Demand Response Research Center at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Mary Ann speaks about the work carried out within their Environmental Energy Technologies Division and the changes she has seen throughout her 30 year career at LBNL, starting with focusing on building construction and materials to the latest in building automation systems, smart grids and demand response.

Rob Murray-Leach CEO of the Energy Efficiency Council


Rob Murray-Leach is the CEO of the Energy Efficiency Council (EEC), the peak body for commercial and industrial energy efficiency. Energy efficiency is one of the fastest growing sectors of the world economy, with HSBC estimating that global revenue from energy efficiency more than doubled between 2008 and 2009 to reach $164 billion. Rob joins Beyond Zero's Anthony Daniele to talk about emissions abatement, demand response, efficient appliances and the effects of the recently introduced carbon price on energy efficiency policies. Rob believes that most businesses can reduce 30- 50% of their emissions through energy efficiency.

Rob has an extensive background in climate change, energy, transport and sustainability, as an author on the Garnaut Climate Change Review and senior policy expert in the South Australian Government. His academic background from Oxford and Adelaide focused on behaviour and sustainability, and he has contributed to a number of texts in this field.
9/10/2012 EEC Member - Big Switch Projects conducts study on impact of carbon price on business power bills
31/7/2012 Rob Murray-Leach, CEO of the Energy Efficiency Council talks about how the amount of energy is wasted in Australia.


Colin Davis, CEO of kWhOURS

Colin Davis is CEO of Boston (US) based company kWhOURS, developer of Tablet-based data collection and management software for building energy efficiency professionals.

The team of energy professionals and software developers at kWhOURS has the goal of simplifying the data collection process; organize hundreds of pages of notes, lead the inexperienced user through a predefined set of questions, automatically associate photos and audio notes with the parts of the building they refer to, and quite simply, improve the field engineer’s quality of life. The software can cut up to 35% of the time and cost associated with conducting a building assessment. kWhOURS offers solutions for utilities, energy service companies (ESCOs), consultants and facility managers.

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