Yearly Archives : 2016


Modular home building, ESD and costs

Modular building should be the natural choice for Australian homes, both new build and renovations.  Off-site or factory-built components (whether ‘volumetric’ modules or flat-pack panels) should be cheaper, quicker, higher quality, and provide more design flexibility.

On-site labour can easily cost 4 times factory labour rates, despite being able to get

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Grants to help Victorian SMEs identify energy and materials efficiency opportunities.

Small to medium enterprises (20 – 200 staff) are eligible for 50% subsidy for energy efficiency and materials efficiency investigations, but applications close 31 March 2016  for energy assessments, and in May for materials assessments.

Genesis Now completed very successful materials and energy efficiency assessments under the earlier Sustainability Victoria program: Smarter Resources

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Critical peak demand days, Eastern Victoria

If you operate a medium to large business in Victoria, Australia, chances are that ‘Critical Peak Demand Day’ charges will account for a large part of your annual electricity cost.  Most managers focus on the ‘retail’ component, but the Critical Peak Demand charge (which almost nobody is aware of) can

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Gas invoices based on incorrect meter readings

I certainly wasn’t expecting to be spending time on Saturday, blogging about Origin Energy’s apparent tendency to invoice customers for gas they haven’t supplied.

Aaargh! In Sep 2013 I wrote a post on the frustration caused by incorrect electricity and natural gas invoices, which somehow always err on the high side. Particularly

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