Distributed energy resourcesProject Affordable Heating and Cooling Innovation Hub (iHub)
Report: The Innovation Hub for Affordable Heating and Cooling (i-Hub) Final (PDF 2MB)
This final knowledge sharing report outlines the learnings from 32 sub-projects, across three key workstreams within the broader i-Hub project.
The i-Hub Project was facilitated by an agreement between the Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH),the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA),and 65 different project delivery partners and participant organisations from a range of research, university, government and industry organisations.With a focus on efficiency and renewable energy, i-Hub conducted extensive research on how to reduce emissions and improve performance of HVA&R systems.
i-Hub is the collaboration between a range of innovative organisations to deliver tools and information to help make buildings, and building heating and cooling systems,more affordable, more efficient, more integrated and less energy intensive. More efficient building and HVAC&R system design and operation enables more buildings to be powered by more renewable energy. Understanding how buildings and systems can flex energy and heating and cooling loads is demonstrating how buildings can become thermal and energy storage assets,that can be controlled to promote gridstability and efficiency.In order to achieve cheaper low emission heating and cooling we need to have more efficient systems in more efficient buildings powered by low-emission energy sources