RACE 2030 ENERGY UPGRADES FOR AUSTRALIAN HOMES - Theme H2: Enhancing home thermal efficiency

  • Raven, Rob (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Smith, Liam (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Hadfield, Paris (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Milligan, Ben (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Northrop, Eliza (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Holley, Cameron (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Morgan, Bronwen (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Langham, Ed (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Wilmot, Kerryn (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Thomas, Leena E. (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Niklas, Sarah (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Beloria, Nimish (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Chen, Dong (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Ambrose, Michael (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • James, Melissa (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Sadeghi, Mahsan (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Susilawati, Connie (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Drogemuller, Robin (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Mishra, Yateendra (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Hoang, Vincent (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Omrani, Sara (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Abdulrahman , Muhammad (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Rajagopalan, Priyadarsini (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Lau, Charles (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Thai, Vinh (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Ahsan, Kamrul (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Chowdhury , Priyabrata (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Shahparvari , Shahrooz (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Yadlapalli , Aswini (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Xing, Ke (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Barros, Alistair (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Coffey, Vaughan (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Volz, Kirsty (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Taylor, Holly (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Riedy, Chris (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Whelan, Belinda (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Nakimichi, Nodoka (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Hyne, Jes (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Vines, Katie (Partner Investigator (PI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

In response to cost of living pressures and rising energy bills, along with an increased awareness of the urgency of climate change issues, the start of a nation-wide energy transformation in how Australians heat, cool, and power their homes is underway. Nevertheless, persistent barriers to implementing energy efficient solutions in Australian homes include a lack of information on available and effective measures, upfront costs and access to finance, technical constraints of existing building stock, and policy and regulatory settings that do not adequately capture the value of energy efficiency and system-wide impacts.
There is a significant opportunity for applied research and testing to guide improvements in the quality of home renovations and upgrades to overcome these barriers by:
● Supporting strategic and coordinated evolution of policy and regulation;
● Piloting and developing knowledge, tools, and guidelines to support new partnerships and business models that are desirable to diverse stakeholders;
● Determining cost- and co-benefits for home energy upgrades and;
● Fostering greater participation and trust of households and communities in the design, uptake, and delivery of home energy upgrade programs.
This research program will test and learn from new approaches to delivering home energy upgrades to generate an extensive evidence base and validated toolkit for assessing, designing, and implementing home energy upgrades in communities across Australia. A prototype Online Home Energy Upgrades Platform will be developed to consolidate the lessons, tools, guidelines, and resources and ultimately accelerate change through the diffusion and use of the Platform by industry and communities to facilitate the upgrade of 1 million Australian homes by 2030.
The platform will build upon a review of existing knowledge and real-world findings from at least six place-based pilots across Australia, led by state and local government, private solution providers and community organizations. Place-based roll outs of home energy upgrades can be more efficient because they can draw on, and tailor to, local circumstances and tap into existing social networks to create localised norms that build their own momentum. The research will iteratively inform pilot co-design and lessons learned will feed into future applications, research and recommendations.
This industry-led, applied research project involves an ambitious three-year collaboration between multiple research institutions and industry stakeholders led by the Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI) and BehaviourWorks Australia (BWA) at Monash University in Melbourne. The project is coordinated by Climate-KIC Australia and research partners include CSIRO, RMIT University, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), University of NSW (UNSW), University of South Australia (UniSA), and University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Industry partners include the Energy Efficiency Council (EEC), Knauf Insulation, NSW Office of Environment and Climate Change (OECC), SA Department of Energy and Mining (DEM).
Short title22.H2.S.0365
Effective start/end date1/06/2330/05/26


  • SDG 11
  • SDG 9
  • SDG 12
  • thermal efficiency
  • energy upgrades