School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering, University of New South Wales (UNSW SPREE)
Wattwatchers is providing direct metering and data streams for three multi-tenancy apartment buildings in Sydney - covering both common areas and dozens of individual apartments - for UNSW SPREE's Solar Apartments Research Project*, running in 2017 and 2018.
The data will be used to model a range of technical and financial arrangements to enable apartment residents to share solar photovoltaics and battery storage. The project aims to build a body of information about the opportunities, benefits and barriers for PV in multi-occupancy residential buildings and to identify the technical, regulatory and organisational arrangements that can help increase PV deployment in this sector.
Wattwatchers' team member Murray Hogarth also has joined UNSW SPREE's advisory committee for the project.
*This project has received funding from Energy Consumers Australia.
Sustainable Building Research Centre, University of Wollongong
Approximately 50 Wattwatchers energy monitoring devices and data streams are being used in the field for research by the University of Wollongong's Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC).
The Project: The SBRC is managing a project designed to assist social housing providers to embed low carbon retrofits and refurbishments into their property maintenance and upgrading processes. The project, Mainstreaming Low Carbon Retrofits in Social Housing*, aims to determine the best methods (physical and/or behavioural interventions) to improve social housing dwellings, and to develop clearly describe the business case for low carbon building upgrades in social housing, which will be implemented practically in a series of decision-support systems. The project incorporates collaborations with a number of social housing providers, including large to small scale community housing providers, the NSW Land and Housing Corporation, and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH).
*This research is funded by the CRC for Low Carbon Living Ltd supported by the Cooperative Research Centres program, an Australian Government initiative (RP3044).