The first comprehensive, nationwide plan to fix Australia's buildings' energy use and greenhouse impact is to be launched this week at Melbourne University.
The Zero Carbon Australia Buildings Plan – a joint project of climate solutions think-tank Beyond Zero Emissions and The University of Melbourne Energy Institute – demonstrates how all existing buildings can reach zero emissions from their operations within ten years.
“Australian buildings are not up to the challenges of today,” explained lead author Trent Hawkins.
“Our buildings are generally too hot in summer, too cold in winter, and use a phenomenal amount of energy to run basic services.
“This plan shows how Australia can transform our existing buildings to reduce energy bills, increase comfort and health, and generate renewable energy.”
The Buildings Plan outlines how Australia's existing buildings can cut their energy use in half.
Image: retrofit modelling for a typical Melbourne residential building category (from ZCA buildings report)