Climate change concerns and increasing energy prices have resulted in a renewed focus on building energy efficiency, not only in Australia, but internationally.
Some authors suggest that focused efforts in the residential and commercial sectors could potentially reduce 30% of projected baseline emissions by 2020 cost-effectively. The residential sector is frequently focused upon in policy debate for a number of reasons; the potential for significant energy savings, the (relatively) low cost of tapping these potentials and because the uniformity of the residential housing sector allows for effective policy interventions.
However there are criticisms that current Australian policies do not do enough. Debates over costs and payback periods for energy efficiency and renewable energy investment options have engendered a contested policy space…
Dr John Morrissey, RMIT university, Melbourne VIC, presented this paper at the 2010 Conference.