Using energy more efficiently where we live
It is becoming more expensive to keep the buildings we live in warm or cool to match the seasons, heat water and cook food, light up rooms, watch our favourite shows, and pursue our work and hobbies.
We need to be more efficient — Australian households are responsible for a significant chunk of energy use and carbon emissions. But we can do much better.
Tackling energy efficiency from every angle
In response, CSIRO has been working on a wide range of research projects, with impacts on the ways we assess housing designs and materials across the country and in our own backyards, choose appliances, keep in warm or cool air, keep out moisture and ventilate closed spaces. We've been monitoring how our behaviours around energy use are changing in response to new information and incentives.
Rising star value in the home
The Building Simulation Assessment and Communication team is behind the Australian Housing Data portal, where you can read the latest energy rating newsletter and sign up to get the newsletter delivered to your inbox.
Explore the energy rating dashboards, developed by CSIRO to help all stakeholders understand our progress towards energy-efficient, low-emission residences.
The dashboards cover energy ratings by location and climate zone, design and construction, fixtures and appliances, and a range of other aspects of residential buildings, supported by data from the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS).
Contacts for Building Simulation Assessment and Communication team
Mr Michael Ambrose
Senior Experimental Scientist
Mr Anthony Wright
Team Leader - Building Energy Efficiency