New research centre forging energy efficient future for NSW

NSW's first joint research hub driving innovative programs aimed at improving energy efficiency opportunities was launched in Sydney this week.

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The first two projects announced will aim to make social housing properties more energy efficient, helping reduce bills for tenants, and will provide new opportunities for zero-emission vehicles.

The Energy Efficiency Decision Making Node is a partnership between the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) and the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living (CRC LCL).

Individual projects will be carried out by researchers from the University of NSW, the University of Wollongong and CSIRO.

OEH Executive Director of Science Dr Kate Wilson said the new research hub is lifting the bar to ensure NSW delivers the most energy efficient future possible.

"We're partnering with world-leading researchers who are working on all aspects of reducing energy use in the built environment," Dr Wilson said.

"From designing and developing new materials, implementing smart energy management techniques to understanding the drivers and motivations of the community.

"The new research hub will put NSW at the cutting edge, ensuring we're ahead of the game and planning well informed government programs that deliver the most sustainable and cost-effective outcomes for NSW," Dr Wilson said.

The Hon Robert Hill AC, Chair of the CRC LCL, said the team will answer fundamental questions to help guide future policies and programs.

"Planning ahead, we want to help businesses and consumers make the best decisions about their energy use," Mr Hill said.

"We need to understand the key factors in NSW that are influencing investment decisions.

"What drives suppliers to provide more efficient products, technologies and services, and what are the most practical actions we can take to save energy," Mr Hill said.

Scientia Professor Deo Prasad AO, CEO of the CRC LCL which will host the hub at the University of NSW, said the Centre is ideally placed to work with OEH.

"Our organisations share many of the same goals, including the development of sustainable, world-class buildings and building products with decreasing energy demands," said Professor Prasad.

"We look forward to working with OEH to demonstrate the importance of the practical application of scientific research, to help us tackle environmental, social, and economic challenges," Professor Prasad said.