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Buildings Energy Efficiency Taskgroup (BEET) reports

The International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) has 10 task groups, which includes the Buildings Energy Efficiency Taskgroup (BEET) co-chaired by Australia and the USA. BEET is a collaborative platform for countries to research, inform and support the development and implementation of effective building energy efficiency policies, with a core focus on building rating systems and building codes.

Power factor correction - Woodburn Orchard

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The Woodburn Orchard’s facility in Batlow NSW produces and packs around 4000 tonnes of apples a year. Woodburn is classified as a large enterprise when compared to other orchards that were audited. From March 2013 to February 2014 the pack house and cold stores consumed over 488,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity at a cost of approximately $138,000. The biggest opportunity for Woodburn to reduce electricity costs is to optimise its ‘power factor’. Site saving opportunities:
• save up to $3500 a year, with an initial capital investment of $8500

Australian Energy Update 2018

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The Australian Energy Statistics is the authoritative and official source of energy statistics for Australia to support decision making, and help understand how our energy supply and use is changing. It is updated each year and consists of detailed historical energy consumption, production and trade statistics and balances. This edition contains the latest data for 2016–17.

Australian Energy Statistics, Table O Electricity generation by fuel type 2017-18 and 2018

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Table O of the Australian Energy Statistics has been updated to include the latest data available on Australia’s electricity generation. This release provides estimates for 2017-18 and calendar year 2018.

Total electricity generation in Australia was estimated to be 261,405 gigawatt hours (GWh) in calendar year 2018.

Fossil fuel sources contributed 212,066 GWh (81%) of total electricity generation in 2018, a decrease of 3% compared with 2017.

Coal accounted for the majority of electricity generation, at 60% of total generation in 2018.

Energy efficient design and possible savings - Willowdale Community Centre

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Case study prepared by Team Catalyst showing how the design of a community centre in a retirement village in western Sydney might change if the building had been designed to comply with the 2019 version of the energy efficiency provisions in Section J of Volume 1 of the National Construction Code, rather than the 2016 version. The case study focuses on the building fabric provisions. The case study was completed in early 2018 using an early draft version of Section J 2019 and does not fully reflect the final version published in February 2019.  

Extension of Stockland Green Hills Shopping Centre

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Case study prepared by Team Catalyst showing how the design of a shopping centre in Maitland, NSW, might change if the building had been designed to comply with the 2019 version of the energy efficiency provisions in Section J of Volume 1 of the National Construction Code, rather than the 2016 version.  The case study uses the Greenstar verification method (JV2) newly added to the 2019 version of Section J. The case study was completed in early 2018 using an early draft version of Section J 2019 and does not fully reflect the final version published in February 2019.

Demand side efficiency: Savio Pack House and Cold Storage

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The 14 cold storage rooms at Savio’s, a fruit packing house in Queensland, are controlled by 3 large ammonia compressors, which an audit showed consumed over 435,000kWh (costing $95,000) in ten months. By avoiding demand changes which account for 40% of Savio’s total electricity costs, the business could save $5500 a year by shutting down equipment at certain times. 

Proposed building upgrades - Roselands Boarding House

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The Boarding House project at Roselands NSW is still in design development stage, and consists of 9 sole occupancy units and a communal lounge. Out of the 9 units, 6 are proposed to be two storey structures, with a mezzanine bedroom. The 3 remaining units and communal lounge room are proposed to be single storey structures. The project is a class 3 building under the NCC, located at Roselands, inner western Sydney which falls in NCC Climate Zone 5.

Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings - Infrastructure and Customer Impacts

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Proposed changes flowing from the former Council of Australian Government’s Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings project1 (the trajectory) are expected to reduce annual electricity consumption of new and refurbished residential and commercial premises by 36 TWh by 2050, compared to current standards.