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Functional skills for an energy efficiency assessment

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This document details roles and skills required to undertake, report on and implement the findings of rigorous energy efficiency assessments for large energy users. It is the result of research primarily based around the assessment requirements of the Energy Efficiency Opportunities (EEO) program. The findings also have relevance for companies participating in state government energy assessment programs and other companies wishing to improve their energy efficiency performance.

Energy Efficiency Opportunities - Assessment Handbook

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This handbook provides guidance for large energy users on how to effectively conduct an energy efficiency assessment.  It draws on the practical experiences of companies and consultants that have undertaken effective energy assessments and can help corporations plan and implement assessments in a way that will optimise business outcomes. The handbook was designed for corporations to meet the requirements of the Energy Efficiency Opportunities (EEO) program but can be used by any large energy user.

Energy skills and knowledge for selected job types

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A summary of the roles and responsibilities of key figures within a large organisation that are relevant to corporate energy management.

The positions for which these roles are summarised are:

  • chief financial officers
  • environmental health and safety professionals
  • mechanical or electrical engineers
  • technicians and tradespeople
  • sustainability officers

Energy assessment and equipment upgrades reduces energy use - Majors SUPA IGA

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Major’s SUPA IGA has served its community for more than 100 years.  The owners have implemented numerous energy efficiency measures including airlocking the store entrance - creating a thermal barrier, by installing a second door, reduces air exchange between external and internal areas of the store, and cuts the heating, cooling and refrigeration load. Upgrading the heating and cooling system - installing variable speed drives to the heat pump and upgrading the cooling tower to a compressed condenser with high efficiency fans to reduce energy input to energy output requirements and increas

Energy efficiency - University of Queensland

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This case study describes University of Queensland’s (UQ) energy efficiency program at St Lucia Campus, where centralised energy management provided a better understanding of its energy use. UQ developed user-friendly online graphical user interfaces for staff and students of varying expertise to interact with energy data. The case study was developed as part of UQ’s participation in the Energy Efficiency Opportunities (EEO) program.

Energy Savings Measurement Guide

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This guide provides corporations with technical advice about estimating and measuring energy efficiency opportunities, presenting results to decision-makers and tracking and reporting the opportunities. It also provides guidance on how to identify and estimate the wider business benefits and costs from implementing energy efficiency opportunities. It was designed for corporations to meet the requirements of the Energy Efficiency Opportunities (EEO) program but can be used by any corporation seeking to improve the accuracy of their energy savings estimates and measurements.

Energy efficiency practices in the automotive industry - Victoria and Tasmania

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The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC), the peak automotive body in Victoria and Tasmania, rolled out the Automotive Energy Information Program in October 2012. The program was designed to identify and promote energy efficiency practices and resources through the distribution of practical information for the industry to reduce costs and adopt energy efficiencies. This series of case studies were developed through program funded energy audits conducted by an energy specialist across a diverse range of businesses. They cover a range of topics including:

Dust extraction system upgrade - Downs Aluminium Casting

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Downs Aluminium Casting is a small, family owned and operated non-ferrous foundry located in Toowoomba, Queensland. The company produces aluminium castings for the construction, power and marine industries. In 2013 it installed a 27kW solar PV system. An audit shows other improvements – including by installing a variable speed drive to the dust extraction system - could improve the company’s energy efficiency. 

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.