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3rd July 2017

In this issue we look at meter boards as possible fire hazards in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire disaster. We also have coverage of the SCA conference and updates on shared community solar for apartment buildings.

Ross McIntyre
Strata Energy News Editor
Meterboard Burning Platform

Preventing an old meterboard going up in smoke might help strata managers turn the meterboard into a leaderboard.  [More]
Solar Strata: The Future is Here!

One and a half million Australian homes now have solar power, but next to no apartments benefit directly from solar. This is about to change! [More]
Energetic 2017 SCA Conference

Energy loomed large at this years National SCA conference in the Hunter Valley, both on and off the dance floor! [More]
Last Month's Top Feature ...
Electric Vehicle Council - Strata Impact

Intensified government and industry push toward electric vehicle adoption is creating pain and opportunity for strata managers. [More]

Things You Need to Know About
Electrical Fire Hazards in Strata
  1. Grenfell Tower fire in London has drawn attention to fire hazards
  2. Flammable cladding is a big issue, but sources of fires also under review
  3. Apartments losing power may indicate an overloaded meterboard
  4. Buzzing sounds and smells should be investigated
  5. Old meterboards can be a hazard and may also have asbestos issues
  6. Electric vehicle charging placing increasing load on the meterboards
  7. Upgrade to smart meters to refresh and update meterboards
  8. Junk in common store rooms can create a fire hazard
  9. Signs for non smoking areas near any identified fire hazards
  10. Routine inspections should include a review of the meter rooms
Funded EV charging reports available in Sydney and Queensland

In Other News
Get in on the ground floor: how apartments can join solar boom

One Step Off The Grid
Bjorn Sturmberg talks about installing solar and batteries at Stucco, a co-operative housing block in Sydney.
Independent Review into the Future Security of the Electricity Market

Dept of Environment & Energy
The Final Report of the Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market has been released.
Unit owners in Queensland call for urgent audit after Grenfell Tower fire

Brisbane Times
One million Queenslanders who live in apartments want assurances from the state's building watchdog that units are safe, in the wake of London's Grenfell Tower fire disaster.
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