Living in a single-storey unit can lead to much higher air conditioning costs.
Aged-care units can be a lottery of comfortable versus uncomfortable temperatures, depending on the building's construction and where you live within it. That needs to improve.
Could the new invention spell the end of rooftop fans?
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The invention of silver and plastic-clad roof panels that can cool themselves down even under the Sun's full glare promise to make air conditioning much more energy-efficient.
Keeping things cold wastes a massive amount of energy. What if this could be harnessed?
Cities are facing more heatwaves, but not all strategies to keep us cool are equal.
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Our cities are getting hotter. Luckily, as a built environment, we can actually do something about it.
Pets suffer just as badly as their humans in the heat.
As the weather heats up, Australian households won’t just be cranking up the air conditioning for themselves. Some households will also be turning it on for their dogs or cats.
You shouldn’t have to crank up the aircon.
Power-hungry houses that rely on air conditioning to make up for their bad design mean that the electricity grid has to cope with summer demand peaks – and everybody pays.
It’s not just you suffering from overcooled offices.
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Poor thermostat settings are making people uncomfortable and wasting hundreds of millions of dollars, an analysis shows. What can be done about this?
A housing complex in Thailand with air conditioners.
Global temperatures are poised for another record-breaking year. As incomes rise around the world and global temperatures go up, the use of air conditioning is poised to increase dramatically.
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Sweating it out through hot summer nights? Here are some tips when you're looking for something to cool you down.
We all love a shady courtyard, but it's tough to know just how effective trees are at beating the heat.
Ringing through the changes.
The Palace of Westminster is due to undergo a refurbishment and the original designs for its ventilation system are still relevant today.
Rising gas prices, driven by the development of Queensland’s exports, could end up driving domestic customers away.
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Gas developers have been ominously warning of impending gas shortages in New South Wales, with official forecasts from planning authorities pointing to steady or rising demand. Yet our analysis suggests…
Workers assemble air conditioners at a factory in China earlier this year.
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With temperatures starting to climb, it’s time to think about how we will stay cool this summer. The stakes are getting higher when it comes to hot weather. As the Australian Medical Association has warned…
We are all now used to an international standard of cooling comfort: 22 degrees celsius.
For the past few weeks, billboard posters across Doha have promoted the International Climate talks with the < 2°C logo - a reference to the ambition of maintaining average global temperatures less…
Yes, Australia gets hot. But let’s investigate some other ways to cool it down.
As the recent Energy White Paper and Senate Committee report confirm, Australia’s electricity prices are going up. The Productivity Commission states that they have risen by 50% in real terms over the…