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4th December 2017

With summer looming and the recent attention on energy security we have put together an "Energy Security" checklist for your strata customers.  We also cover air conditioning in strata and the recent Macquarie Bank moves in the strata space.  Blockchain for strata was the top feature last month.

Ross McIntyre
Strata Energy News Editor
Energy Security as Summer Looms

Energy security checklist from registers of life support systems to installation of common area defibrillators and humble torches for blackouts.  [More]
Strata Air Con Cool but Expensive

Tony Power from Energy Efficient AC Solutions talks about air conditioning systems in strata buildings and how to reduce the operating costs.  [More]
Macquarie Acquires PropertyIQ

Macquarie acquisition ups the ante as the strata industry land grab heats up. This follows on from their Strata Benchmarking study from 2016. [More]
Last Month's Top Feature ...
Blockchain Applications for Strata

Is the strata management industry about to be disrupted by blockchain. We look at potential applications of the technology. [More]

Things You Need to Know About
Air Conditioning for Strata
  1. Cooling Tower(s) are simply massive radiators, usually on the rooftop.
  2. Condenser Water is pumped around the building by big expensive pumps.
  3. Pump Savings up to 60% by reducing 24 / 7 operation to cooling demand.
  4. Fan Savings around 20% with VSDs on cooling towers and ventilation.
  5. Control Savings up to 30% with optimisation of overall system operation.
  6. Heat Exchanger Savings of 15% from cleaning and maintaining surfaces.
  7. Check for Corrosion and fix it before very expensive rebuilds are required.
  8. Setting One degree lower makes a big difference to apartment energy bills.
  9. Regular maintenance to keep clean coils & filters, check refrigerant levels. 
  10. Additives can improve efficiency and extend life of your systems
Typical HVAC System (HVAC Optimisation Guide)

In Other News
Winners and Losers of the Electric Car Race

Quartz Media
Britain, France, Germany, India, and Norway all aim to go fully electric in the coming decades, and eight other countries have set ambitions EV goals.
Freelancer CEO Matt Barrie goes nuclear on Australian meltdown

Macro Business
Freelancer CEO Matt Barrie and Craig Tindale have gone nuclear on a coming Australian meltdown. 
Observatory Tower outperforms younger buildings

Fifth Estate
Smart management and a committed owners corporation can achieve major gains without breaking the capex budget.
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