EXTRACT from an article by Ralph Horne*, Emma Baker#, Francisco Azpitarte**, Gordon Walker+, Nicola Willand^ and Trivess Moore%.
Energy efficiency in Australian homes is an increasingly hot topic. Spiralling power bills and the growing problem of energy poverty are set against a backdrop of falling housing affordability, contested carbon commitments and energy security concerns.
Most people agree we need modern, comfortable, eco-efficient homes. This article is not about the relatively few, new, demonstration “eco-homes” dotted around Australia. It is about the rest of our housing.
These mainly ageing homes might have had energy efficiency improvements done over the years, but invariably are in need of upgrading to meet modern standards of efficiency and comfort.
Since 2006, all new-build housing must meet higher energy efficiency standards. But we add only around 1% to the new housing stock each year.
Policies to improve energy efficiency in the other 99% are more fragmented. The focus is almost entirely on market-based incentives to “retrofit”. By this we mean material upgrades to improve housing energy and carbon performance.
SOURCE: Horne, Ralph et al. “The Other 99%: Retrofitting is the key to putting more Australians into eco-homes.” The Conversation, 21 February 2018.
*Ralph Horne has received funding for research on retrofit from The Victorian State Government, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).
#Emma Baker receives funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI).
**Francisco Azpitarte is affiliated with the Brotherhood of St Laurence. He holds the Ronald Henderson Research Fellow position, a jointly appointment between the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne.
+Gordon Walker receives funding for the DEMAND Centre from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (grant number EP/K011723/1) as part of the RCUK Energy Programme, and by EDF as part of the R&D ECLEER Programme.
^Nicola Willand has received funding for research on retrofits from the Victorian State Government, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).
%Trivess Moore has received funding from various organisations including the Australian Research Council and has received funding for research on retrofit from The Victorian State Government, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).
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