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Insights and observations from our practice and elsewhere

Peak demand management for the hottest year on record

Peak demand management for the hottest year on record

We’re on a record-breaking temperature trend this year: 2015 is to become the warmest year in recorded history. Global temperatures have risen for the first time to 1°C above the pre-industrial era. And Sydney’s summer has come quickly with...

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Active demand management can generate ‘negawatts’

Active demand management can generate ‘negawatts’

Can highly accurate demand forecasting change the way we manage energy in buildings? Early indications suggest yes! Like Google Traffic, which helps warn and redirect motorists around traffic congestion, energy forecasting can help buildings...

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A new office, from old beginnings

A new office, from old beginnings

There are a lot of reasons to love Buildings Alive’s new head office. For a start, not much of it is new! Like many start-ups (after two years, are we still a start-up?) we were faced with a daunting array of choices and challenges when it came...

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A brighter road for infrastructure

A brighter road for infrastructure

We all know what infrastructure is. It’s the big stuff in the economy like roads, railways, pipes, power lines and airports that help the little things—like people, parcels, electrons—get around. It’s good for the economy. And if infrastructure...

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Water – too precious to waste!

Water – too precious to waste!

Approximately one third of the water that passes through a typical office building’s meter is lost through leaks. That’s a lot of wasted water! Many of these leaks are obvious, like toilets that won’t stop flushing, but there are lots of other...

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High and dry in NSW

High and dry in NSW

Sydney’s recent hot and dry weather has been unusual – not only has October 2013 had days of extreme heat, which are usually associated with the peak of summer, but the moisture in the air has been strikingly low. This extreme combination...

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Run, Building Run!

Run, Building Run!

A building’s energy use is normally invisible to the public. But for the next 30 days, five prominent high-performance buildings will be sweating it out in an unlikely race to beat their ‘personal best’. Building Run is the creation of artist...

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A New Take on Benchmarking

A New Take on Benchmarking

Buildings Alive sends Rapid Efficiency Feedback (REF) messages every day to the operators of about 60 buildings telling them how their buildings performed yesterday. The messages are pretty clear: energy performance was either as expected or...

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Coming to America

Coming to America

There is no escaping the fact that commercial buildings in Australia, by and large, have been becoming more resource efficient in recent years. This can be put down to greener technologies, greater transparency about performance, and industry...

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