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BASIX IS CHANGING

BASIX WILL CHANGE FROM JULY 1. Here you will find answers to frequently asked questions. WHY CHANGE THE BASIX ENERGY TARGET? Existing homes in NSW use around 17% of total our state’s energy consumption. We expect around 1.8 million new homes to be built across NSW over...

SHOULD YOU OPEN OR CLOSE YOUR HOUSE TO KEEP COOL?

Written by Wendy Miller in THE CONVERSATION Should you open or close your house to keep cool in a heatwave? Many people believe it makes sense to throw open doors and windows to the breeze; others try to shut out the heat. Listen to talk radio during...

Thermal Mass in Building Design

David and Michael of Partners Energy have the experience and current information about thermal mass and good building design.  They are able to advise you on improving the thermal comfort of your home but it is preferable that good thermal principles are considered in the...

Cooling Your House

Cooling Use passive design principles to increase comfort and reduce the need for cooling. Insulate your home and shade windows from summer sun. Never use mechanical cooling as a substitute for good design (see Passive cooling). However, many existing homes do not include good design features,...

PARTNERS ENERGY 20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF PROVIDING ENERGY ADVICE

On the 27th November Partners Energy reached the milestone of a 20 year anniversary of providing energy advice. The company was established in 1996 when two electrical engineers and an electrician saw a real gap in the Energy Efficiency industry for expert knowledge and skills. As...

SOLAR ENERGY SUBSIDY ENDS SOON!

The Solar Bonus Scheme has supported over 146,000 households and small businesses to install small-scale renewable energy generators with a subsidised feed in tariff that began in February 2010. In accordance with the original intention of the Parliament this scheme will end on 31 December 2016....

SAVING ENERGY AND MONEY AND BEING COMFORTABLE IN A CHANGING CLIMATE

On the 3rd November the NSW Government presented a draft plan to save NSW Energy and Money and is calling for submissions. The Draft Plan to Save NSW Energy and Money sets out actions to: Improve energy performance of rental properties Support innovative energy efficiency services for small...

NatHERS Facts

NATIONWIDE HOUSE ENERGY RATING SCHEME -  NatHERS IMPORTANT FACTS TO KNOW IF YOU ARE YOU RENOVATING OR BUILDING A HOME? If you engage a NatHERS Accredited Assessor from Partners Energy during the design phase of your build, they can provide you with advice to improve the energy...

Study on Building Energy Efficiency

ABCB Energy Efficiency Initiative

The 2016-17 financial year sees the Australian Building Codes Board embarking on a significant suite of work relating to the advancement of the Energy Efficiency Provisions in the national Construction Code. These changes will be considered as part of NCC 2019. This relates to the building...