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RACE FT H2 - Glebe Energy Transitions: A place-based upgrade model for social housing (Phase 1) [22219]

Project Member(s): Langham, E., Wilmot, K., Aitken, L., Kohlitz, J., Grinpukel, N., Noble, G., Ibrahim, I., Phansalkar, A., Shaw, J., Loomis, A., Roche, D.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Race for 2030 Limited (Race for 2030 Limited CRC)
Race for 2030 Limited (Race for 2030 Limited CRC)

Start year: 2023

Summary: A significant proportion of all buildings that will exist in 2050 have already been built, including many of the more than 150,000 social housing dwellings in NSW. To achieve net zero emissions, we need to find ways to significantly improve the energy performance of these buildings. This will also bring significant health and well-being improvements to the most vulnerable members of our society. Implementing energy upgrades at scale requires a sustainable delivery model that householders trust, and that fairly distributes value creation. Since late 2021, UTS has been conducting a process of deep stakeholder engagement to better understand energy issues from a tenant perspective through its Climate Impact Lab (CIL), a platform to extend UTS’s climate change actions beyond campus boundaries into local communities. Focussing on the inner-Sydney suburb of Glebe, this work has identified opportunities to reduce energy use and improve thermal comfort through an integrated program, unlocking more value than through individual interventions. Working with the UTS Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion, this project covers an initial phase of value-sharing analysis and modelling in collaboration with community housing providers and other program delivery partners, to help inform a planned pilot, ahead of subsequent scale-up and rollout of the developed delivery model. This project continues 22012 into trial implementation.

FOR Codes: Energy generation, conversion and storage (excl. chemical and electrical), Electrical energy transmission, networks and systems, Affordable and Clean Energy, Partnerships for the Goals, Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, Climate Action, Residential energy efficiency, Solar-photovoltaic energy