RACE for Homes

Making people’s homes more comfortable while lowering their energy bills by developing and applying new energy technologies.

Program Leader: Jenniy Gregory jenniy.gregory@racefor2030.com.au

Research Program Manager: Scott Barnes scott.barnes@racefor2030.com.au

Themes

Theme 3: Mainstreaming efficient electric homes

This theme explores the how and why of owners and renters electrifying their homes, including energy efficiency options to reduce consumption. Research will consider the role of community-based solutions as well as the influence of community behaviour on individual choice. Policy and regulatory settings required to decarbonise Australian homes will be developed to treat embodied emissions and improve health outcomes for occupants. Finally, applying research findings through an innovation network will encourage end users to seek energy-efficient solutions as business-as-usual practice.

Theme 4: Engineering smarter homes

This theme will examine the role of home technologies that enable responsive actions to minimise costs and emissions. It will explore what level of control people are willing to give to devices, systems and companies, and how they could be encouraged to help deliver benefits to the wider community. It will investigate the technologies and control techniques required to better integrate renewable energy through flexible demand and develop policy and regulatory settings that enable these actions at scale. Structured synthesis of research findings and targeted information sharing will assist Australian households to choose the best technologies to reduce emissions and costs according to their preferences and needs.

Our Projects

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Glebe energy transitions
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An electrified residential thermal system using heat pumps and thermal storage
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Energy Upgrades for Australian Homes
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APY Lands energy efficiency retrofit pilot
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Geelong electric homes pilot
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SolarShift: Turning electric water heaters into megawatt batteries
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Enhancing home thermal efficiency
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Facilitating smarter homes
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Carseldine Village Living Laboratory: A subtropical test centre for end-users/prosumers, housing industry, and electricity networks
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Incentivising within-day shifting of household electricity use
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‘Renovate or Rebuild’ a full series evaluation
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Rewarding flexible demand
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Pathways to scale: Barriers to, opportunities from, and impacts of retrofitting one million+ homes
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Residential solar pre-cooling
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