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Understanding and valuing energy efficiencies and how it benefits our wellbeing and mitigates the impact of climate change

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  • Smart Metering
  • Solar access
  • Valuing indoor comfort
  • Pricing (lifecycle costing)
  • Alternative generation of energy
  • Understanding the design and operation of sustainable houses
  • Promoting awareness about the embodied energy of products
  • Use of energy efficient appliances
  • Appropriate landscaping design for gardens to ensure shade and improved micro climate
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Structures that lead to energy efficiencies and reduce reliance on traditional supply

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  • Feedback to grid
  • Tariffs / government incentives
  • Alternative generation (e.g. wind farm, geothermal, solar, wave) at a district and/or local structure plan scale
  • Industrial ecology
  • Smart grid, e.g. V2G

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Urban Planning:

Urban planning that reduces the demand on non-renewable energy sources

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  • Appropriate solar orientation of streets and lots
  • Shade over play and gathering areas
  • Green areas to reduce heat island effect
  • Building controls (e.g. heights, setbacks, etc.) to ensure equitable solar access
  • Detailed Area Plans (DAPs)
  • Improving microclimate through early planting of appropriate street trees

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Building Design:

Built form outcomes that reduce the demand for non-renewable energy sources

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  • Solar orientation of home (passive solar design)
  • Establishing solar access zones for living areas
  • Cross- and stack-ventilation
  • Permeable fencing (encourage cross ventilation)
  • Micro climate management
  • Energy efficient lighting and appliances (including solar hot water and solar pool heaters)
  • Smart Metering Infrastructure (SMI) components at lot and estate scales (electricity and gas)
  • North and west facing roof areas allocated for solar devices
  • Integrated photovoltaic power systems
  • Plug-in points for electric vehicles
  • Building designs to allow heat purging (e.g. natural ventilation, porous surfacing) / heating (e.g. mass concrete) at night
  • Green roofs / cool roofs (e.g. heat resistant materials)

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