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We Need Buildings to Help Solve the Energy Crisis

We Need Buildings to Help Solve the Energy Crisis

Surging gas, coal, and oil prices are driving up inflation and putting the global economy under enormous strain. Electricity prices too are on an upward spiral because, in most markets, expensive and unreliable gas and coal supplies are the primary fuel for...

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Energy Impact of COVID Ventilation Strategies

Energy Impact of COVID Ventilation Strategies

As we enter Year 3 of the pandemic, it’s obvious that COVID-19 is going to be with us for a while. In response to living with the virus, some buildings have implemented revised ventilation strategies in an attempt to reduce likelihood of transmission in buildings and...

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Fast forward to a carbon-free energy future, 24/7

Fast forward to a carbon-free energy future, 24/7

With all the COP26 news last month, there was a lot to digest. One thing you may have missed was that in the United Nation's 'SDG7' pavilion an initiative was quietly released that we think will have a global impact - the launch of the 24/7 Carbon-free Global Energy...

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Clean energy needs actively engaged buildings

Clean energy needs actively engaged buildings

If the world is to reach net zero emissions by 2050, electricity networks will need to be carbon-free in advanced economies by 2035 and globally by 2040. This will require rapid scaling of renewable energy investments, tripling to around USD $4 trillion per annum by...

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Net Zero Carbon: The hidden ingredient

Net Zero Carbon: The hidden ingredient

It’s time to rethink what ‘energy efficiency’ means for buildings. Energy efficiency is the most powerful tool we have for accelerating progress to Net Zero Carbon (NZC), but as the California Energy Commission explains in its Energy Efficiency Action Plan: “… it is...

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NABERS will soon use the latest NGA Emissions Factors

NABERS will soon use the latest NGA Emissions Factors

For the first time in NABERS’ history, the National Greenhouse Account (NGA) factors that are used to calculate NABERS Energy ratings are going to change. Read on to find out what that means for your rating and what you can do to maintain (or improve) your building’s...

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Introducing REF+. Finally, smart technology that saves time!

Introducing REF+. Finally, smart technology that saves time!

Ever since we conducted our first experiments and built our first prototypes almost a decade ago, Buildings Alive has been saving people time. Sure, our main purpose is to help building owners, operators and occupiers achieve their energy and environmental efficiency...

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Demand response goes back to the future

Demand response goes back to the future

The stability of the electricity grid and incentives for electricity users to change their behaviour is once again topical as we approach another Australian summer with the expectation of greater than ever demand. However, load management has been a challenge for...

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Managing the impacts of COVID-19 on NABERS ratings v3.0

Managing the impacts of COVID-19 on NABERS ratings v3.0

The COVID-19 outbreak has disrupted almost every aspect of daily life, with the subsequent lockdowns bringing numerous challenges to commercial building owners and operators. With large changes in occupancy, one of the difficulties has been ensuring energy use has...

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