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Energy audit of a local government administration complex

Norton, Eva Marie (2010) Energy audit of a local government administration complex. Masters by Coursework thesis, Murdoch University.

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Local Governments in Australia are becoming more involved in the area of energy efficiency. The Southern Downs Regional Council in Queensland is an example of a council that is just beginning to move in this direction. There are several benefits to implementing energy efficiency measures in government operations. These include but are not limited to a reduction or delay in legislative liabilities relating to greenhouse gas emissions. The research presented in this document takes a look at the energy use of the administration complex of buildings in Warwick, Queensland. The aim was to determine how much energy is used, and attempt to discern the proportional distribution of how and where the energy is being used in the buildings. This was done by examining the available historical data as well as through performance of walk-through audits of the buildings. A literature review is presented to indicate how audits are carried out, and what types of energy efficiency measures are available for commercial buildings. Case studies in Australia and overseas are also included to show how successful projects are implemented. The results of the historical and walk-through audits were analysed to determine where and how energy is used and furthermore to identify areas where improvement is possible. This analysis is presented, and based on the results and the literature review, several possible actions are recommended for further investigation by the Southern Downs Regional Council. Overall, the results show that the Southern Downs Regional Council performs fairly well. However there is room for improvement in many areas, and with very modest investment, it may be possible to reduce energy costs by up to 10% annually.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters by Coursework)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Engineering and Energy
Supervisor(s): Pryor, Trevor
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