Networking Lunch / Poster Presentations
Presentation 1: Keep Your Cool – How we can design living, breathing, frictionless spaces around sustainable cooling
Beau Frith, Owner, Natural Cool Air
With air conditioning being the biggest consumer of energy on the planet, looking for alternative ways to achieve thermal comfort is paramount in moving our communities towards a sustainable future. Opening the discussion around the thermal experience as a sensory celebration and enhancement to our buildings and infrastructure. As thought leaders and people of influence within the industry it is up to us to look for ways to reduce our urban heat island crisis, allowing our buildings to breathe which will improve air quality and manage rising temperatures. Presenting options that are interactive and inspiring to residence and travellers that can connect and share under a full immersion of comfort.
Presentation 2: How might we address barriers to businesses installing rooftop solar
Steven Speldewinde, Director, The Social Deck
We know electricity is a large cost for many businesses. But there is a significantly lower take up of rooftop solar from businesses compared to residential. For example, in Noosa there is only 5% uptake of rooftop solar by business vs 39% of residential buildings.Is it because businesses don’t know about the benefits – or they do know about benefits but are not motivated to change? We undertook research to better understand the barriers and benefits for businesses to install rooftop solar and developed a social marketing strategy to address these barriers.
Presentation 3: Zero Emissions Noosa: A Community Driven Initiative
Vivien Griffin, President, Zero Emmissions Noosa Inc
Zero Emissions Noosa (ZEN) Inc. is a not for profit volunteer organisation with the goal of zero carbon community emissions by 2026. So, only 7 years to achieve that goal! ZEN Inc. recognised that you can’t manage it if you don’t measure it, and commissioned research by ITP Renewables to analyse Noosa’s current electricity consumption and options to reduce that, predominantly through growing uptake of rooftop solar. The findings identified where rooftop solar growth could occur, and led to a team of campaign volunteers being prepared to tackle key sectors in the community: business, tourism, education, community, major consumers, community buildings and low income and rental households. This panel will provide a brief overview of the ITP Report findings, and short presentations from each campaign leader on their challenges and opportunities.