Adelaide aquatic centre. Photo: City of Adelaide

Early in the year, The Fifth Estate covered a story on the sky-high gas bills councils are paying to heat and cool their aquatic centres.

Interest in heat pumps – a lower cost, lower emissions alternative to gas boilers in aquatic centres – is now growing, especially now that many local governments have signed 100 per cent renewable electricity power purchase agreements (at good prices), so are now focusing on cutting emissions from gas use.

RMIT senior industry fellow Alan Pears has been looking into the energy performance of aquatic centres since the 1990s and has been educating local governments on heat pump application in aquatic centres, as well as other energy efficiency measures around building envelope and passive design.

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