Energy Evolution in Strata Buildings

Energy Evolution in Strata Buildings: Sustainability infrastructure for Strata Buildings

The ‘Energy Evolution in Strata Buildings’ breakfast seminar is aimed to better inform strata managers of a number of simple options available for Lot owners to improve and embed smart energy systems and technologies that reduce overall electricity demand and costs within residential strata buildings.

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Seminar Overview:

  • WA trends, Lot owner demand, innovative technology & case studies.
  • National Built Energy Rating Scheme (NABERS): Overview of proposed National
    initiative to effect apartment buildings;
  • Reforms: Overview of Section 37B Sustainability Infrastructure to effect new
    buildings & examples of by-laws that support Sustainability Infrastructure for existing strata buildings;
  • Energy Distribution Opportunities & Technologies for Strata Buildings: Embedded Networks, Power Purchasing Agreements, Renewable & Battery storage integration.

Guest Speakers:

Eugenie Stockmann & Chiara Pacifici – Green Gurus™. SCA (WA) Business Member

Alex Bruce – Renewable Energy & Mechanical Engineer. General Manager, Source Energy Co.

“Get better informed so that you can proactively assist to improve the overall energy performance of the strata buildings you manage”.

Why this seminar is important to strata managers.
Since 2009, residential electricity tariffs in WA have jumped over 67% – from 11c to 26c per unit 1 leading to an unprecedented demand in energy efficiency and innovative technologies that help to improve energy performance and reduce electricity demand. In April 2017, an estimated 25.4% of dwellings in Western Australia had a Solar PV installation with many new and existing residential strata Lots also embedding these technologies to achieve financial and environmental savings.

Importantly, the proposed inclusion of Sustainability Infrastructure provisions 2 in Strata Title Reforms as well as proposed NABERS energy performance disclosure for Apartment Buildings 3 (common area) further highlight the need for WA strata managers to be on the front foot and proactive in understanding energy and overall sustainability options available for the buildings they manage.
The Green Gurus™ team specialise in sustainability education and awareness as well as sustainability solutions for the built form. They collaborate with a wide range of experts and service providers and are experienced at delivering relevant information to the property sector. Green Gurus™ was established in 2009 to support, inform and inspire the property
sector in WA on sustainability innovation and the benefits these improvements provide many stakeholders.

Green Gurus™ are a SCA WA Business Member. More can be found here:
www.greengurus.com.au


 

1 Before 2009, prices for residential customers had not increased since 1997/98 (excluding GST).
(https://www.finance.wa.gov.au/cms/Public_Utilities_Office/Energy_in_Western_Australia/Electricity/Elec
tricity_pricing.aspx).
2 WA Strata Title Reform will improve the management of schemes by making it easier to install sustainable
infrastructure such as solar panels. Noted: Reform changes to include Sustainability Infrastructure provisions.
Section 37A and B.
3 The Federal and State Governments are funding a new rating tool for apartment buildings that will drive
sustainability upgrades, resulting in greenhouse gas reductions and bill savings. This project is part of the
Australian National Energy Productivity Plan’s 2030 targets to achieve a 40% increase in productivity of our
national energy usage. The tool will be developed by the National Australian Built Environment Rating
System (NABERS) and will measure energy performance of apartments nation-wide on a one to six star
scale, six being the most efficient. NABERS tools have proven highly effective in the commercial building
sector. They have allowed building owners to better understand their assets’ performance, and provided a
metric on which numerous policy and incentive schemes have been built.  Figures from NABERS revealed
the office sector is now saving more than $100 million a year in power bills compared to 2010 levels. This
has resulted in annual CO2 emissions savings of more than 635,000 tons, equivalent to taking more than
160,000 cars off the road