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6th February 2017
Capitalising On Solar Access Rights

Report funded by the City of Sydney reveals the returns per square meter for different rooftop projects, including solar, solar thermal hot water, and heat pumps. [More]
Green Is The New Black

Green roofs on strata buildings demonstrate significant triple-bottom-line benefits. One award-winning retrofit in Melbourne shows how it can pay off. [More]
Stratas Profit From 'Prosumer' Market

Bulk buy and embedded network arrangements can secure significant discounts. But are stratas allowed to 'profit' from on-selling energy? [More]
Last Month's Top Feature ...
Recap: STUCCO Solar And Batteries

Sydney's Stucco apartments becomes a strata leader, installing one of Australia's first shared solar and battery systems. [More]

  1. Wasted roof space is a missed opportunity! Consider solar or a green roof
  2. Solar panels + heat pumps shown to provide high returns on investment
  3. Don't damage waterproofing, use a ballasted mounting system for solar
  4. 'Green buildings' gain 10-14% premiums on valuations
  5. Improve unit marketability with green roof investments 
  6. Paint a dark roof white to reflect heat and reduce building cooling costs
  7. Rooftop planters provide produce and can bring residents together 
  8. Lease perimeter space for mobile transmission equipment for extra funds
  9. Check load-bearing capacity before any major roof projects
  10. Green roofs reduce the urban heat island effect and keep solar panels cool
In Other News
Australian battery price war resumes

Renew Economy
With Tesla Powerwall 2 just weeks away, competition in the battery market heats up and prices continue to fall.
When the heat is on, we need city-wide plans to keep cool

The Conversation
Heatwaves are becoming more frequent and intense. What can buildings do to minimise the urban heat island effect and keep cool? 
A quick guide to energy management systems

One Step Off the Grid
Home energy management systems are fast becoming a popular way to get the most out of solar panels and batteries.
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