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A national energy efficiency program to assist low-income households. /

by Brotherhood of St Laurence | Ecos Corporation | KPMG.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. KPMG 2008Description: PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: KPMG were engaged by the Brotherhood of St Laurence and in conjunction with Ecos Corporation conducted a study into the possible impacts of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) on low-income households. This report outlines the range of options available to the Government for providing assistance. We welcome the Commonwealth Government’s commitment to addressing the problem of climate change, its acknowledgement of the difficulties facing low-income households and its commitment to engage with the community through the Green Paper. This report puts forward a roadmap for the Government to meet its commitment made in the Green Paper to assist low-income households. Our roadmap demonstrates the difficulties which will confront low-income households but more importantly provides a detailed plan of action to close the gap in the expected extra costs of energy bills resulting from the CPRS. The program outlined in this paper ensures that money will be spent in a way that most effectively meets the aims of the Commonwealth Government’s policy to provide assistance to low-income households. A cornerstone of our implementation plan is an unprecedented program of targeted home visits, aimed at harnessing the full potential of energy efficiency measures. Home visits achieve this by matching energy efficiency measures to the characteristics of the house, as well as taking into account demographic, geographic and climatic issues.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1), BSL Archives (1).
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A Short Guide to Setting Up a City-Scale Retrofit Program /

by Ho, Stacy | Green for All | Rhodes-Conway, Satya.

Publisher: Oakland, CA Green For All 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: Buildings represent 38.9% of U.S. primary energy use and 38% of all CO2 emissions in the U.S. Though simple, relatively low-cost measures such as insulation, and lighting upgrades can be done in almost every building to reduce energy use and save money on utility bills, current retrofitting program capacity is limited. Most existing programs are either available only to income-eligible individuals or those with the money up-front to do the work. Furthermore, many current retrofitting programs only create low-wage, short-term jobs rather than providing pathways into sustainable careers in construction and green building.Availability: (1)

A snapshot of electricity and gas services and their impact on households seeking emergency relief /

by Victorian Council of Social Service.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Victorian Council of Social Service 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: December 2009 VCOSS would like to express its appreciation to the Consumer Utilities Advocacy Centre (CUAC) for funding this project. Bibliography : p. 32Summary: The purpose of this research is to provide a snapshot of how households accessing emergency relief services experience and manage utilities hardship and to begin a preliminary investigation into whether the current regulatory regime for electricity and gas services in Victoria ensures that these households can maintain access to these essential services. It also includes an investigation of the impact of increased energy costs on low income households.Availability: (1)

Australian sustainable energy : zero carbon Australia stationary energy plan /

by Wright, Matthew | University of Melbourne. Melbourne Energy Institute | Hearps, Patrick.

Publisher: Parkville, Vic. University of Melbourne. Melbourne Energy Institute 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Includes bibliographical referencesSummary: Zero Carbon Australia outlines a coherent and thoroughly researched blueprint showing how 100% renewable energy is achievable using technologies that are commercially available today: wind power and concentrating solar thermal with molten salt storage. It goes through the options, costs and benefits, confirming that a 10 year transformation of the stationary energy sector is achievable and affordable. This will also add huge stimulus to the new green economy and create jobs.Availability: (1)

Community housing 2009-10 /

by Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: January 2011 Cat. no. HOU 235Summary: At 30 June 2010 there were 959 mainstream community housing organisations that managed nearly 46,000 dwellings funded under the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) and associated National Partnership Agreements. Most organisations (88%) manage less than 50 dwellings each, whilst just over 5% manage 200 or more dwellings. Given the varied level of community housing organisation survey response rates, coverage of household-level data is not comprehensive. Organisation response rates were low in some states, but due to an overrepresentation of larger organisations, the survey still obtained good overall coverage of the dwelling portfolio for most jurisdictions.Availability: (1)

Customer protections and smart meters : background paper /

by Johnston, May Mauseth.

Publisher: Deakin, A.C.T. St Vincent de Paul Society 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: The purpose of this Background Paper for the 'Consumer Protections in Light of Smart Meters' project is to provide readers with an overview of the National Costbenefit Study and smart meter related consumer issues, as raised in the associated consultation processes.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Dwelling and land use by older home owners /

by Judd, Bruce | Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute | Olsberg, Diana | Quinn, Joanne | Groenhart, Lucy | Demirbilek, Oya.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute 2010Description: PDF.Other title: Dwelling, land and neighbourhood use by older home owners..Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Project Number: 70392 URL contains: Positioning Paper: No. 111: Dwelling, land and neighbourhood use by older home owners Final Report: No. 144: Dwelling, land and neighbourhood use by older home owners Research and Policy Bulletin: Issue 126: How well do older Australians utilise their homes?Summary: This research responds to a research question in the Housing and Ageing research area of the 2007 AHURI Research Agenda which asks the following questions: 'What are the types, sizes and locations of dwellings occupied by older home owners' How do these patterns vary for different household sizes, What incentives or disincentives could encourage or discourage the efficient use of dwellings and land occupied by older home ownersAvailability: (1)

Enabling investments in energy efficiency : a study of energy efficiency programs that reduce first-cost barriers in the residential sector /

by Fuller, Merrian | University of California. California Institute for Energy nd Environment.

Publisher: Berkeley, CA University of California. California Institute for Energy and Environment 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: May 21, 2009 This work was jointly funded by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the California Institute for Energy and Environment (CIEE), and the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC).Summary: Energy efficiency has a vital role to play in addressing our daily resource needs and creating a vibrant future for our society. This paper focuses on the first-cost barriers to increased energy efficiency in residential homes. Loans and other financing options will be important to enable the efficiency improvements to meet many of the goals of the California Public Utilities Commission?s Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan. This study reviews existing, terminated, and proposed financing programs and reveals several limitations of these programs including: limited applicability of the programs to households most in need, low participation rates, difficulty assuring that savings will exceed payments, limited support for comprehensive energy retrofits, the inability of many programs to cover their costs, and issues particular to on-bill financing (OBF) programs. The author concludes with recommendations for improving the impact of financing programs in California.Availability: (1)

Energy and Water Task Force social research /

by Stanley, Janet | Monash University. Monash Sustainability Institute | Johnson, Victoria.

Publisher: Clayton, Vic. Monash Sustainability Institute 2009Description: PDF.Other title: Monash Sustainability Institute report ; no. 09/3.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: September 2009 Commissioned by Sustainability Victoria Bibliography : p. 35-37Summary: The Energy and Water Taskforce (EWTF) has assisted over 5000 low income households to save energy and water. The program has been shown to have reduced energy usage by the participating households in the 25 towns and suburbs which were given free assessments and retrofits. The program has other potential benefits which now need to be understood so the place and value of the program as a whole can be understood. The research has identified that social outcomes are being achieved in addition to the articulated aims of the EWTF. In addition to job skill development, a major social value of the EWTF lies in the ability of the program to build community strength in the local community hosting the program. This is being achieved, rather than building personal social capital.Availability: (1)

Energy democracy : community-scale green energy solutions /

by Fazen, Amy McKnight | Center for Social Inclusion | James, Kimberly.

Publisher: New York, NY Center for Social Inclusion 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: Energy Democracy is a policy framework with the goal of transforming neglected and isolated communities in the United States, often poor, and often communities of color into energy producers who contribute to the nation's overall capacity, add clean energy to the grid, enhance their economic and political ties across the region, and supply their own energy needs. Without intervention, communities of color risk missing a transformative opportunity for a meaningful role in America's changing energy economy.Availability: (1)

Energy efficiency and fuel poverty : Third report of session 2008-09 : Report, together with formal minutes, oral and written evidence /

by Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons. Environment, Food and and Rural Affairs Committee.

Publisher: London, U.K. Stationery Office 2009Description: [169p.].Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: More than 5 million UK households experienced fuel poverty last winter. The Government's statutory target to eradicate fuel poverty, as far as reasonably practicable, in vulnerable households by 2010 (and in all households by 2016) is likely to be missed; highlighting the weakness of a policy which attempts to address fuel affordability issues and domestic energy efficiency simultaneously. The Government should have reviewed its fuel poverty policies earlier given the upward trend in the number of fuel poor and rising fuel prices... (from introduction)Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Energy use in the Australian residential sector : 1986-2020 /

by Australia. Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts 2008Description: xii, 210 p. : ill.Notes: Includes bibliographical references.Summary: Climate change is recognised as one of the greatest challenges facing Australia, and the world today. The consumption of energy in the residential sector is a significant contributor to Australia's stationary energy greenhouse gas emissions. It is therefore imperative that detailed and accurate quantification of energy consumption is used as a basis for the development of climate change response strategies.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Financing the green deal : carrots, sticks and the green investment bank /

by Holmes, Ingrid | Third Generation Environmentalism Ltd (E3G).

Publisher: London, U.K. Third Generation Environmentalism Ltd (E3G) May 2011Description: 31 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: May 2011Summary: The Green Deal energy efficiency policy is a flagship programme for the UK coalition Government. It aims to create a framework to enable households and smaller business to make energy efficiency investments with no upfront cost. Critically it attaches loans to the property not the individual; and so enables loans to be transferred to the new occupier in the event a property is vacated before the loan is fully repaid. Successful roll out of this programme is critical to delivering the UK's ambitious carbon targets. However, there is significant doubt over whether it will deliver an ambitious retrofit programme as the policy stands.Availability: (1)

Green cities : how urban sustainability efforts can and must drive America's climate change policies /

by Kleiman, Neil | Living Cities | Pacenza, Matt.

Publisher: New York Living Cities 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography : p. 44Summary: This report by Living Cities showcases and supports the innovative ways in which cities are creating an equitable green economy. The report is based on conversations with the brightest thinkers in the field, and the findings from their survey of 40 of the United States' largest cities. 'Green Cities' takes a step back to see what cities have accomplished, while also identifying areas in which their efforts have fallen short.Availability: (1)

Green Jobs Study /

by Booz Allen Hamilton | United States Green Building Council.

Publisher: Washington, DC United States Green Building Council 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: Buildings generate approximately 40 percent of the United States? carbon emissions. Under a likely carbon-constrained future, the construction of more environmentally friendly buildings and the renovation of existing buildings will play a critical role in reducing these emissions. The green building market is growing dramatically. McGraw Hill estimates that the total value of green construction was Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Green jobs/green homes : New York : expanding home energy efficiency and creating good jobs in a clean energy economy /

by Gelman, Emmaia (ed.) | Center for American Progress.

Publisher: Washington, DC Center for American Progress 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: May 2009 Bibliography : p. 84-87Summary: The program presented in this paper, Green Jobs/Green Homes NY, fills in what we have lacked: a large-scale plan to make retrofits affordable to New Yorkers who don't have access to sufficient capital. But the imperative for using residential retrofits to give all New Yorkers a chance to save on energy costs goes beyond funding. Energy efficiency represents a major capital undertaking, but must also engage communities to participate in planning and reaping the benefits of this publicly led investment in jobs, affordable housing, and environmental stewardship. Green Jobs/Green Homes NY is a comprehensive approach that connects those dots. It provides the framework for ensuring mass retrofits are implemented through a community lens, adding value to ongoing local work toward economic and environmental equity. Building on and linking unions' and community groups' existing job training and shaping the expanding retrofit industry with decent wages and benefits?can provide direct economic gain to wholecommunities (not just owners or occupants of retrofitted housing) by bringing many thousands of much-needed, good-paying jobs and career paths to local residents.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Green Start : program guidelines : round one /

by Australia. Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.

Publisher: [Canberra, A.C.T.] Australia. Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: July 2010Summary: The Australian Government is committed to developing programs and rebates to support householders, industry and the community to save energy and reduce emissions. The Green Start program will help households improve the energy efficiency of their homes by providing grants to individuals or organisations to undertake on-site home energy assessments of eligible residential homes. The program will also provide grants to individuals or organisations to assist low income and disadvantaged Australian households, including support for implementing projects or actions to reduce energy use.Availability: (1)

High Road outcomes in Portland's energy efficiency upgrade pilot /

by Ho, Stacy | Green for All | Hays, Jeremy.

Publisher: Oakland, CA Green for All 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: March 2011 INTO AND OUT OF WORKSummary: In Portland, Oregon Green For All has been helping implement Recovery Act-funded programs that create high-quality jobs for people who really need them. With a clear-eyed commitment to high-road outcomes Portland has leveraged the collective expertise of its community to produce results.Availability: (1)

Homes for the future : more affordable, more sustainable /

by Great Britain. Department for Communities and Local Government.

Publisher: London, U.K. Great Britain. Department of Communities and Local Government 2007Description: PDF.Notes: "Presented to Parliament by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government by Command of Her Majesty, July 2007."Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Household attitudes and behaviours in relation to environmentally sustainable resource use /

by Fielding, Kelly S | Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute | Thompson, Alice | Louis, Winnifred R | Warren, Clive.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute 2010Description: PDF.Other title: Environmental sustainability in residential housing:.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Project Number: 20550 October 2010 URL contains: Positioning Paper: No. 121: Environmental sustainability in residential housing: understanding attitudes and behaviour towards waste, water, and energy consumption and conservation among Australian households Final Report: No. 152: Environmental sustainability: understanding the attitudes and behaviour of Australian households Research and Policy Bulletin: Issue 140: Sustainability decisions in Australian householdsSummary: There is growing recognition internationally and within Australia of the need to reduce carbon emissions and implement sustainable development principles, and to establish policy to achieve environmental sustainability. This study seeks to enhance understanding of how households think about and act on the issues of waste, water and energy use and conservation, and of how positive change in household behaviour in these areas can be effected.Availability: (1)

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