6:30pm Monday 2 March 2015 - Energy Freedom

Energy Freedom is the new initiative from BZE. Its been up and running for over six months now and already over 1000 Australian householders have pledged to transform their homes. Energy Freedom aims to support and educate Australian households on how they can retrofit and install technologies to make their homes zero-net energy and remove fossil gas as an energy source.

Richard Keech, one of the Principal Researchers of the ZCA Buildings Plan, will recap the key findings of the Buildings Plan as they apply to retrofitting homes and talk about how the Buildings Plan has been translated into a new book for home owners. In the second half of the session, Manager of the Energy Freedom initiative James Bramwell will be facilitating an extended Q&A with you, discussing:

  • What steps you may have already taken with your home to reduce your energy use, install rooftop solar, and perhaps even get off gas.
  • What information or support would help you make changes at your home.
  • What materials can the Energy Freedom initiative provide that would help you promote the idea to your friends and networks.

Any knowledge and experience you can share will help us make Energy Freedom more effective and able to help others!

Below is a video recording of this event or you can click here  to view on the BZE YouTube channel


About the speakers

Richard Keech is an engineer working as an energy efficiency consultant.  He was a lead author of the BZE Zero Carbon Australia Buildings Plan and is a regular contributor to ReNew magazine, RenewEconomy , and to the recently released Efficient Hot Water Booklet  published by the Alternative Technology Association (ATA).

James Bramwell studied Mechanical Engineering at ANU, and completed his honours thesis on the Green Star Design Program. He worked in environmental assessments and energy efficiency consulting before joining BZE in 2010. As BZE's Public Engagement Director James lead the presenter training program and helped launched major reports. In September 2013 he created the Energy Freedom initiative and in his current role as Energy Freedom Manager James works with the member households, companies, industry bodies, and councils to grow the initiative.

Time: 6:30 - 8pm Monday 2 March 2015

McCoy Building
Fritz Loewe Theatre (entry via level 2)
University of Melbourne
Cnr Elgin & Swanston Streets, Carlton

Public transport: Stop 111 Cnr Elgin & Swanston Streets on tram routes 1 & 8.

Entry to building is on south side of Elgin St up the ramp.
Entry:Gold coin donation

Thank you to the University of Melbourne, Melbourne Energy Institute, our Zero Carbon Australia project partners for supporting us in bringing you this event.
Everyone is welcome to come along to the pub next door to continue the discussion after 8pm.