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Energy saving upgrades across the nation kicks off at All Energy Melbourne

A new national project to fit one million Australian homes with energy saving upgrades by 2030 at the All Energy Conference in Melbourne on Thursday.

Energy Upgrades for Australian Homes will support six pilot home energy upgrade programs delivered in communities to undertake home renovations to suit their needs and climate across the next three years.

The project comes following calls for more government action in creating resilient communities and increasing consumer understanding of climate risks.

Home improvements will help reduce household energy bills and cut carbon emissions for homes built before 2008, which averages a 1.7 on the 5 star national energy efficiency rating. 7 million low efficiency households are expected to save up to $1000 annually.

Pathways to Net Zero Precincts launches

Pathways to Net Zero Precincts was also launched the conference. a Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute led national research project to fast-track decarbonisation in precincts across the country.

The project will test, experiment and plan how to integrate and harness zero carbon resources such as solar energy, batteries, electric vehicles, and smart integration systems, in residential, mixed use and business precincts to decarbonise the built environment industry.

The initiative will be delivered through the RACE for 2030 Cooperative Research Centre in collaboration from 13 project partners from industry and government, including DevelopmentWA, Hesperia, Western Power, Cisco-Curtin Centre for Networks and Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre.

Curtin dean of sustainable futures, and project co-leader, Professor Josh Byrne said testing at the precinct level was essential to seeing the solutions delivered across all cities and towns. “Research at the precinct level will allow us to test low-carbon energy solutions and work with stakeholders responsible for precinct planning, financing, delivery, and operations to map how they how they can be most easily adopted and integrated.

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