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DAY 1 PROGRAM – Thursday 16th February 2017:  Innovation Campus, University of Wollongong
8:00am Registration
Location: Level 2, iC Central Building 230
9:00am Welcome: Prof Paul Cooper, IREE 2017 Conference Chair, and Dr Rowan Bedggood, Chair of GEER Australia
Location: Ocean View
9:15am Opening Address: Rosemary Sinclair, CEO, Energy Consumers Australia
Location: Ocean View
9:30am Keynote Address Household Energy Efficiency and Health: Narrowing the Performance Gap with the Help of Energy Epidemiology
Professor Tadj Oreszczyn, University College London, UK
Location: Ocean View
10:15am Plenary Speaker
Lessons from the Australian Government’s Low Income Energy Efficiency Program

Gene McGlynn, Dept. Industry, Innovation and Science, Australia
Location: Ocean View
10:45am Morning Tea
 11:15am Policy Levers, Programs and Implementation I Community Engagement & Vulnerable Groups I Thermal Comfort & Indoor Environment I
12:30pm Lunch
1:30pm Policy Levers, Programs and Implementation II Occupant Practices and Perceptions Thermal Comfort & Indoor Environment II
2:45pm Afternoon Tea 
3:15pm Tools, Data & Analysis I Community Engagement & Vulnerable Groups II Energy Efficient Homes: Retrofits, Design & Appliances I
5:00 – 6:00pm  Tours of SBRC Building and Solar Decathlon House
7:00 for 7:30pm Conference Dinner (Seacliff restaurant, Wollongong)
Day 2 – Friday 17 February 2017
8:00am Registration
9:00am  Keynote 2: Co-benefits of Retrofitting Insulation
Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman, University of Otago, New Zealand
Location: Ocean View
9:45am Plenary Speaker The ASBEC National Framework for Residential Ratings
Stephen White, CSIRO, Australia
Location: Ocean View
10:15am Morning Tea
10:45am Tools, Data & Analysis II Energy Efficiency for Households of Today and Tomorrow Energy Efficient Homes: Retrofits, Design & Appliances II
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Energy Efficiency Technologies I Workshop – Indigenous Perspectives: Key Insights and Learnings for Increasing Energy Efficiency Energy Efficient Homes: Retrofits, Design & Appliances III
2:15pm Afternoon Tea    
2:45pm Energy Efficiency Technologies II Cost-benefits & Co-benefits Energy Efficient Homes: Retrofits, Design & Appliances IV
4:00 – 4:30pm  Conference Close

Conference Themes

Policy Levers, Programs and Implementation

This theme showcases advances in the policy and energy efficiency implementation space, covering important topics including: new energy rating schemes and approaches; innovations in policy frameworks; regulations, standards and guidelines for sustainable homes;  apartment design; etc.

Energy Efficiency Technologies

New technologies and systems will be highlighted including: innovative thermoelectric devices for improved thermal comfort; Phase Change Materials (PCMs) integrated with other thermal systems; efficiency of centralised versus individual systems for apartment buildings; heat recovery ventilation systems; innovative ventilated façades; novel building construction systems and materials.

Thermal Comfort & Indoor Environment

Improving household energy efficiency is strongly linked to the provision of a comfortable and healthy indoor environment. In this series of presentations we cover topics on: thermal comfort and indoor air quality – latest in-home data and analysis; performance of advanced homes designed to standards such Passive House; adaptive thermal comfort behaviours and new models; impact of innovative heating and ventilation systems on thermal comfort.

Tools, Data & Analysis

Data collection and analysis, and tools of all types (for design, ratings, evaluations, etc)  are becoming increasingly important in our drive to improve the efficiency of homes. This theme covers topics including:  new knowledge from major datasets; voluntary energy efficiency disclosure tools; net-zero energy modelling; the latest in monitoring systems;  rating tools and frameworks for homes, apartments, whitegoods, etc; international dimensions; housing stock mapping; data on vulnerable households; etc.

Occupant Practices and Perceptions

Understanding people (the occupants, designers and builders) of our homes is at the centre of this theme which covers topics including: new approaches to changing energy practices; impact of poor building performance on vulnerable people;  understanding how people view the sustainable housing market; living laboratories; living in the tropics; analysis of occupant behaviours through ethnographies, social practice theory, etc. This theme will appeal to all, from Social Scientists through to building designers.

Cost-benefits & Co-benefits

Recent research and experience has shown that not only is it vital to understand the direct cost-benefits of energy efficiency interventions, but also that health, liveability and other co-benefits can have disproportionatly large and positive impacts for participants in energy efficiency programs. This theme covers includes studies that have analysed the economic, social and health benefits of energy efficiency in residential buildings.

Community Engagement & Vulnerable Groups

The presenters in this theme bring together a wealth of knowledge, experience and ideas on how to tackle the challenge of providing for the disadvantaged sectors of our communities. Topics include: older people; human capacity building; renters vs. owner-occupiers;  wellbeing; indigenous communities; overcrowding; the Australian Low Income Energy Efficiency Program (LIEEP); social marketing; community engagement; etc.

Energy Efficient Homes: Retrofits, Design & Appliances

This covers key challenges and latest tools and technologies from around the world for making our homes more energy efficient including: retrofits to individual homes and apartments; design principles; testing and upgrades to building envelopes; cost and implementation challenges;  social housing;  tenant/occupant responses to retrofits; Building Information Modelling (BIM); appliance and services upgrades; etc.

Workshop – Indigenous Perspectives: Key Insights and Learnings for Increasing Energy Efficiency

In this workshop, you will learn about the key insights and learnings that emerged from the two LIEEP projects that worked with Indigenous people to use energy more efficiently. We share the key enablers that successfully engaged these hard to reach households and resulted in behaviour change that reduced their energy bills and increased their quality of life. We also provide insights into how the inefficient housing structures, the house designs that are inappropriate for the climate and Indigenous culture, and the overcrowding Indigenous people are stuck with are key contributors to increasing energy usage as well as a myriad of other challenges faced by Indigenous people. Join us and learn about how to meaningfully engage these communities and how housing influences not only energy efficiency but is central to key quality of life issues. The workshop will be interactive. After sharing our learnings, we will create ample space for participants to share their knowledge in a facilitated round table discussion. This workshop also seeks to create and facilitate long-term collaboration among academics and practitioners working with Indigenous populations across Australia.