This study was commissioned by Sustainability Victoria to deliver a greater understanding of the size and impact of lower-grade commercial office buildings across Victoria.
The main goals of this report are:
to provide analysis of Victoria’s office stock segmentation and provide insights into the various office markets in which these buildings operate
to inform the future direction of policy and initiatives enabling decision makers to achieve the highest possible environmental and economic return.
In place of state-wide or national initiatives, targeted campaigns using this evidence base will enable the Victorian government to refine initiatives to better target lower grade (B, C and D grade) buildings.
Traditionally, retrofitting initiatives and research have been focussed on the Melbourne CBD, where the highest volume of investment grade building stock resides. This report takes a state-wide view of lower grade building stock, incorporating metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria, presenting a more holistic and opportunity rich portrait of Victoria’s current market.
In addition to the significant opportunities found in this report, there were also notable gaps in the availability of some data on Victoria’s lower grade office market. Future studies would benefit from further research, particularly in relation to building grades, ownership and actual environmental performance.
Research identifies that home design needs to considers both energy efficiency and heat stress resistance. Currently, NatHERS only focuses on energy efficiency. If the building codes are not modified, then house designs which only focus on NatHERS could adversely impact people's...Read more
Many established homes (most Australian homes) perform quite poorly in terms of energy efficiency and other resource use. Home renovation is a key point at which sustainability could be improved as people have already decided to spend money on renovation (some $32b a year...Read more
Industry misconceptions around high cost and poor market interest in energy efficient homes continue to obstruct the mass adoption of low carbon housing. Josh’s House demonstrates that low carbon housing is accessible and cost effective. The Star Performers series showcases how...Read more
There is a general recognition that the existing housing stock represents the largest potential for energy saving and greenhouse abatement in the residential sector. However, few studies have looked at how inefficient existing houses actually are, the extent to which their level of energy efficiency can be practically upgraded, or the cost and cost-effectiveness of doing this.
Comfortable, affordable and low-carbon housing is possible, but according to experts at Wednesday’s National Forum on Low Carbon Housing for Low Income Households, there are multiple challenges that need tackling to get there.