The Sustainable Port Kembla project is almost complete, with the team at the Sustainable Building Research Centre (UoW), Edmiston Jones and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage working with the Port Kembla Chamber of Commerce and Industry, community organisations and small businesses.
Energy retrofits for Housing Trust community homes
Assessments have been completed for these properties, and recommendations made to the Housing Trust to improve the environmental performance and comfort of their homes – and save energy costs for residents. Upgrade work will commence shortly, and completion is due by the end of 2018.
Energy efficiency upgrades for Wentworth Street businesses
Following the call-out to local businesses last year, the team has installed energy and thermal monitoring at 5 premises in Port Kembla to collect data on energy use and thermal comfort. The data was used to assess the properties in order to recommend ways of improving environmental performance in the buildings. The team are meeting with building owners to fine tune details of the upgrade work to start soon.
Paper bags replace plastic shopping bags
You may have seen the paper bags supplied to local shopkeepers on Wentworth Street to replace plastic bags. The bags are printed with a link to the Sustainable Place website. Here, you can suggest ideas for future sustainability projects for Port Kembla around the themes of “Energy”, “Urban Greening” and “Amenity”. These ideas will be included in the Sustainability Action Plan which will assist the Port Kembla community in applying for further funding for Sustainability projects and set the framework for Sustainability in Port Kembla into the future.