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4th July 2016
Leaky Tap Sends Money Down Drain

Sydney strata building wasting 100,000 Litres of water per day. Smart water meters are proving to be an effective tool for saving water and money.  [More]
Sydney Aims for Net Zero by 2050

Generous grants for residential strata as City of Sydney releases their ambitious Environmental Action 2016-2021 Strategy and Action Plan[More]
Kevin Moonyong Kim in Korea
Strata Attracts Top University Talent

University partnerships are targeting residential strata with reports on solar PV, battery storage, and electric vehicle recharge recently published. [More]
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Kevin Moonyong Kim in Korea
Recap: 2016 Strata Benchmark Results

Macquarie Bank released their 2016 Strata Benchmark Results at the SCA National Convention in Alice Springs.  Download the full 58 page report.  [More]

  1. Individual Metering allows 'user pays' water consumption for apartments
  2. Get a Plumber to check isolation valves, taps & basins in a one-day blitz
  3. Utilise Off-peak Monitoring to identify potentially costly leaks
  4. Installation of water saving devices in common areas and apartments
  5. Collection and Storage of rainwater for irrigation and non-potable use
  6. Xeriscaping to limit the need for water use in gardens [learn more]
  7. Common Area Laundry facilities with water-efficient machines
  8. Educating residents on ways to limit water consumption
  9. Set Timer on garden irrigation to come on at night and reduce evaporation
  10. Signage in visitors car park: "Washing of cars in this area is prohibited" 

Water usage costs for an 82 unit strata building. Up to 48% savings are possible by stopping leaks and through water management. Based on water usage interval data from Wattblock's water efficiency assessment [full report].
In Other News
Network Charges Increasing in NSW

Powershop Blog
Energy efficiency crucial to beating rising electricity bills in strata. In NSW distributors are raising network charges, and wholesale electricity prices are increasing. Buildings should look to efficiency projects to keep their bills down.
Cost of batteries to drop by 60% in the next 5 years

The Sydney Morning Herald
Andrew Vesey, CEO of AGL, has declared that batteries will be a key technology in the future of renewable energy. Costs are set to drop, making them more accessible for strata.
Mirvac launches first "House with no bills"

Mirvac will begin development of Australia's first home without energy or gas bills in Melbourne this year. It will include solar PV panels and batteries, LEDs, smart meters and monitoring systems.
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