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Managing the impacts of COVID-19 on NABERS ratings v3.0

Managing the impacts of COVID-19 on NABERS ratings v3.0

The COVID-19 outbreak has disrupted almost every aspect of daily life, with the subsequent lockdowns bringing numerous challenges to commercial building owners and operators. With large changes in occupancy, one of the difficulties has been ensuring energy use has...

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3 ACEEE Summer Study 2020 Papers

3 ACEEE Summer Study 2020 Papers

Continuing to operate at the leading edge of building energy performance analysis, Buildings Alive commits a significant amount of resources to research and development activity. Several of Buildings Alive’s staff have again had research papers accepted to the...

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The electricity market is about to turn upside down

The electricity market is about to turn upside down

On 31 August 2018, three public advocacy groups wrote to the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) asking for it to change the rules governing how the Australian electricity market works. Their request? Allow consumers to be paid for electricity they avoid using....

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Can HVAC systems spread COVID-19?

Can HVAC systems spread COVID-19?

All buildings are created for people and building owners must ensure they are safe. But unfortunately, as with most things in life, there is no guidebook setting out the ‘ideal’ way to achieve that outcome. This is especially true in a pandemic. Over recent days,...

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Great building managers are making the most of a bad situation

Great building managers are making the most of a bad situation

If a building’s occupancy drops by 50-80%, by how much should its energy use go down? Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to that question – it depends on many factors, some of them commercial, some highly technical. And, as many of the amazing facilities and...

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What does COVID-19 mean for building energy performance ?

What does COVID-19 mean for building energy performance ?

With the significant changes being experienced by almost every sector of the economy due to COVID-19, we’re seeing a number of important impacts on building energy performance, but its not quite as straightforward as “less people working in offices = less...

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Buildings Alive responding to COVID-19

Buildings Alive responding to COVID-19

While our expertise at Buildings Alive is in building energy performance, people are in fact at the heart of everything we do. It is people that both occupy and manage buildings and they have the largest effects on energy consumption. By supporting people –...

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