Thinking

How big can a dwelling be and still be green?

Matthew Parnell - Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Just thinking about some issues to do with improvements to the energy efficiency parts of the Building Code of Australia in terms of the recent ABC TV series “The World’s Greenest Homes”. The one common thread running through the program was the sheer size of the houses – very much demonstrative of thinking that going green meant you can build as big as you like. It seems that this misses the point completely: a reductionist approach to technology without thinking through the process as compared to a whole systems perspective, that is, really thinking through your impacts. 

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New Project for Greensynergy - Energy Audit of Bellingen Golf Club

Matthew Parnell - Friday, September 25, 2009

Received confirmation yesterday for Greensynergy to carry out a Level 2 energy audit for the Bellingen Golf Club at Bellingen, NSW. This is the first project in the Bellingen Sustainable Business Network sustainability audit scheme (hopefully the first of many!).  

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New Domestic Fuel Cell Technology from Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd

Matthew Parnell - Monday, September 21, 2009

A colleague from Sydney alerted me to this new domestic fuel cell technology Blue Gen from Ceramic Fuel Cells P/L. Ceramic Fuel Cells claim they are capable of generating electricity from reticulated natural gas and providing energy for hot water and waste heat for home heating. 

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Bushlight - Don't kill it Kev!

Matthew Parnell - Wednesday, September 16, 2009

On this evenings 7.30 report, there was a story about the impact of the sudden killing of the remote area renewable energy scheme. It focussed on the Bushlight program at my old place of employment, the Centre for Appropriate Technology in Alice Springs. 

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BCA Energy Efficiency for 2010 and Beyond

Matthew Parnell - Wednesday, September 16, 2009

I’ve just looked through the ABCB’s document outlining their energy efficiency regulations for 2010 and beyond. Its mostly all good, with some lost opportunities. I have a few comments and observations for what its worth – you be the judge. I’m not sure I’ll bother to send to ABCB and ABSA yet – small consulting firms in the regions don’t get much consideration for their points of view. I think this blog might be more effective. Anyway, here are my thoughts: 

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