On-ground assessment of the energy efficiency potential of Victorian homes. Report on pilot study /Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Sustainability Victoria 2010Description: PDFSubject(s): Dwellings Energy Conservation - Victoria | Sustainable Development Victoria - Melbourne | Energy Efficiency | Housing Environmental Aspects | Home Ownership | Environmental Protection | Consumers | Moreland Energy Foundation | Equity And Climate ChangeOnline Resources: Electronic copy
March 2010 Bibliography : p. 103 Prepared by Moreland Energy Foundation Limited for Sustainability Victoria
As a first step, in 2009 Sustainability Victoria commissioned the Moreland Energy Foundation Limited (MEFL) to undertake a pilot On-Ground Assessment Project based on 15 existing houses located in Melbourne. While such a small sample of houses cannot be representative of the whole of the Victorian housing stock, this initial study provides a useful insight into the current level of energy efficiency of the housing stock constructed prior to 1980, as well as the most cost-effective methods for achieving greenhouse abatement. While actual upgrades and improvements were not undertaken, modelling, using FirstRate5 was employed to determine the energy rating improvements and estimate the energy, greenhouse gas and financial savings that could be achieved by applying a range of building shell upgrades consisting of ceiling, floor and wall insulation, draught sealing, double glazing, drapes and pelmets, and external window blinds. An analysis of the existing fixed and non-fixed appliances was also undertaken to determine the potential impact of efficiency improvements.