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What do changes to NABERS building standards mean for businesses?

What do changes to NABERS building standards mean for businesses?

Australia's NABERS building standards program has been in effect since 1998 and has helped building owners save more than $100 million in the last seven years alone. In July, 2017, the program was extended to cover even more commercial buildings. To commemorate this milestone, I'll review how NABERS compares to other efficiency rating programs around the world and examine whether NABERS compliance has a positive return on investment.
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What does the Power of Choice ruling mean for Australian businesses?

What does the Power of Choice ruling mean for Australian businesses?

From December 2017, all new buildings will get smart meters as part of the AEMC's Power of Choice ruling. Are we all doomed to grow extra eyeballs from the radiation from smart meters and have our homes broken into due to meter data hacks or could the extra data that smart meters provide make the grid stronger and more efficient? It will all depend on the success of the implementation but hopefully the learnings from smart meter rollouts in Victoria and Italy will make Power of Choice a tour de force for Australia's electricity market.
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Optimising operational hours to minimise capacity and consumption charges

Optimising operational hours to minimise capacity and consumption charges

Having an efficient operational profile makes the difference between flicking an electricity bill over to accounts payable and having a heart attack while skimming over the capacity charges. It's important to ramp equipment up sensibly so that you can maximise occupant comfort and productivity without causing consumption spikes.
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When does submetering make sense?

When does submetering make sense?

Managing energy consumption without submetering is like trying to drive without headlights. If you manage a large site, submetering gives you granular consumption data so you can pinpoint waste, streamline your operational profile and pass on costs to tenants.
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Why don't more companies implement energy efficiency measures?

Why don't more companies implement energy efficiency measures?

The energy efficiency paradox has been a topic of academic curiosity for decades. Despite having immense economic and environmental benefits, the majority of companies do not implement meaningful energy efficiency programmes. The barriers are manifold: resistance to change, lack of access to capital, risk aversion, the principal agent problem (landlord vs tenant) and information asymmetry. In spite of these barriers, many companies have taken action on energy efficiency. These businesses generally financially outperform companies that brush energy efficiency aside, and also realise efficiency gains in other areas across the business.
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A/C Temperature Settings for Efficiency and Comfort

A/C Temperature Settings for Efficiency and Comfort

We go through settings for your heating and cooling to optimise both occupancy comfort and energy efficiency, while considering the different variables involved.
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