A whole of life approach to improve the energy efficiency of the retail sector: An Australian case study

Iyer-Raniga, U and Moore, T 2013, 'A whole of life approach to improve the energy efficiency of the retail sector: An Australian case study', in Ang Kian Seng, Nirmal Kishani (ed.) Proceedings of the SB 13 Singapore - Realising Sustainability in the Tropics, Singapore, 9-10 September 2013, pp. 462-469.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title A whole of life approach to improve the energy efficiency of the retail sector: An Australian case study
Author(s) Iyer-Raniga, U
Moore, T
Year 2013
Conference name SB 13 Singapore - Realising Sustainability in the Tropics
Conference location Singapore
Conference dates 9-10 September 2013
Proceedings title Proceedings of the SB 13 Singapore - Realising Sustainability in the Tropics
Editor(s) Ang Kian Seng, Nirmal Kishani
Publisher Research Publishing Services
Place of publication Singapore
Start page 462
End page 469
Total pages 8
Abstract The retail sector in Australia is a major consumer of energy and water. It accounts for about 50% of the commercial property sector’s energy use. This paper reports a whole-of-life study undertaken for a telecommunications company in Australia, with a view to changing their retail store fit-outs. Using a detailed construction and operational performance study of one retail fit-out, this study found that to lower overall environmental impact, a complex set of factors need to be considered. Design, construction and operation are all significant.

Ongoing operation needs to consider not just the physical use of the space, but also management policies/practices/processes that impact on the environment. While short term targets for energy reductions focus on careful product selection, medium to long term targets focus on setting benchmarks for continuous improvement and working with the base-building providers and supply chains to innovate and drive improved performance.

Subjects Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified
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