The Improving Residential Energy Efficiency (IREE) 2017 Conference, to be held in Wollongong across the 16th and 17th of February, brings together international researchers and practitioners to examine research and best practice in all aspects of energy efficiency in residential buildings.

This inaugural conference marks the first of its kind in Australia to focus primarily on improving residential energy efficiency. With over 80 speakers presenting, there will be a strong focus on cutting edge development in residential design and construction, with a focus on the human factors of the sector. Excitingly, three presentations will directly report on the local adoption of the Passive House Standard.

Conference topics sure to engage include thermal comfort, indoor environment quality, cost-benefit analyses and the examination of the incentives, barriers and solutions for delivering better homes for all Australians.

The relevant Passive House specific talks are:

  • Chifley Passive House: A Case Study in Energy Efficiency and Comfort – Harley Truong, H3space
  • Improving the standard of social housing in Australia using Passivhaus – Jessica Hogg, Australian Passive House Association
  • A Passive House Retrofit: Delivering Energy Efficiency, Comfort, & Indoor Air Quality in Australian Buildings, Joel Seagren, Fantech, Australia and Clare Parry, Grun Consulting

With two of the Passive House presentations reporting on post-occupancy studies of homes in operation, data is anticipated to confirm the discrete benefits of the standard for energy efficiency, cost, indoor environment quality and health.

IREE is an initiative of GEER Australia and will be held at the University of Wollongong’s picturesque Innovation Campus. Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in the discussion, as well as see and experience two of the nation’s most sustainable buildings, the Illawarra Flame House and the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre. Tours of both net zero energy buildings are included in the conference.