Chapter 18

What Comes After the Low-Hanging Fruit?

Glenn Platt, Daniel Rowe and Josh Wall, Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Newcastle, NSW, Australia

1 Introduction

While the energy efficiency industry is now a relatively mature sector, there are a number of new energy efficiency approaches just over the horizon that can bring dramatic improvements, even to already-efficient buildings. In general, the current suite of commercially available energy efficiency technologies, from insulation schemes through to energy efficient lights, should be considered as “first-generation” technologies – these technologies can bring significant energy savings, and in many markets are now realizing significant uptake. At this point, ...

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