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4th Sept 2017

In this issue we examine the strata energy goldrush of embedded electrical networks.  The bonanza may be set to clash with the emerging NABERS star rating system. We also look at CPD training options for strata managers to increase energy bench strength and common air conditioning opportunities.

Ross McIntyre
Strata Energy News Editor
NABERS vs Strata Energy Goldrush

Profitability in the bulk buying of energy supply for strata may be set to clash with the impending NABERS energy efficiency agenda.  [More]
Free CPD Training for Strata Managers

Topics currently on offer include: Energy Efficiency in Strata, Electric Vehicles in Strata and NABERS for Apartment Buildings. [More]
Air is Not Fair in Strata

Common air conditioning systems servicing individual apartments are likely the largest source of energy waste within the building. [More]
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2017 CHU Strata Community Awards

Award winners at the Great Gatsby themed 2017 CHU Strata Community gala dinner at Doltone House, Hyde Park in Sydney. Photo's Released. [More]

Things You Need to Know About
Embedded Networks for Strata
  1. 30% savings typical on overall energy bills for strata buildings
  2. 100% of owners need to vote to proceed
  3. Individual retail exemption required for Owners Corporations 
  4. Embedded Network Operator (ENO) will be the Owners Corporation
  5. Embedded Network Manager (ENM) chosen by the OC manages billing
  6. Full day power outage for installation to be planned well in advance
  7. National Meter Identifier (NMI) required for every smart meter installed
  8. Existing Embedded Networks upgrade ophan smart meters by Dec 2017
  9. "Power of Choice" to opt in or out for all participants is required
  10. Negotiate best rates if you bulk buy energy from your ENM
Embedded Network markets emerging around major city centres

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