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10th April 2018

A few short months from now NABERS energy star ratings will be launched for residential strata schemes. Strata Communities Australia covered this at their recent "Power Of Now" conference in Queensland. At the same time PICA Group engaged environmentalist Tim Jarvis to speak at their conference.  We also bring you a sustainability case study funded by the City of Sydney.

Ross McIntyre
Strata Energy News Editor
 
SCA Queensland - The Power of Now

Future proofing. The internet of things. Autonomous vehicles. The lingo sounds great, but what does it actually mean for you?  [More]
Tim Jarvis Takes On Strata Sustainability

He’s followed Shackleton and Mawson to the depths of the Antarctic … but can he convince Australian strata buildings to take sustainability seriously?  [More]
Blackwattle Mews Solar Case Study

Small 18 townhouse block leads energy revolution with shared solar energy, battery storage, electric vehicle charging, microgrids and energy trading. [More]
Last Month's Top Feature ...
Overcoming Bill Shock on Private Meters

A strata manager from a large strata management company got a call from a disgruntled owner. Here’s the advice the strata manager needed to know. [More]

Things You Need to Know About NABERS for Apartments
  1. Add sustainability line item into financial accounts now
  2. Banner on client-facing emails at the bottom to building awareness
  3. Segment the high rise portfolio (6 storeys and above) to target first
  4. Engage low cost energy and water reviews to get committees thinking
  5. Solar feasibility reports to understand the renewable opportunity
  6. Update asset management register for the scheme
  7. Scan utility bills into document management systems
  8. Enrich data records in strata management software
  9. Run sustainability training session for strata/building managers
  10. Invite fellow strata managers to subscribe to Strata Energy News

 
In Other News
Elon Musk's Tesla and SA Labor reach deal to give solar panels and batteries to 50,000 homes

ABC News
At least 50,000 homes in SA will be given solar panels and batteries in a scheme by Elon Musk's Tesla and the SA Government to build the world's largest virtual power plant, slashing household power bills in the process.
How would your building rate?

CBD News
The City of Melbourne is partnering with the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) to rate 20 apartment buildings in water and energy use efficiency. 
City of Sydney buys into Ausgrid network’s push for more solar

Renew Economy
The City of Sydney is injecting $750,000 towards an innovative campaign by network owner Ausgrid  to encourage more rooftop solar in the council area, along with other demand management initiatives that could avoid costly grid upgrades.
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