Terry White 


Mount Alexander Shire Council
Mount Alexander Sustainability Group
Lord Mayors Charitable Fund,
Forest Creek Housing Cooperative
Sustainable Australia Fund
Common Equity Housing Limited


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This Pilot project, called Zero Net Retrofits for Vulnerable Communities, shows how low-income rental properties can be retrofitted to  zero net emissions – while making houses warmer in winter, cooler in summer and cheaper to run all year round.

With the support of the occupants. the project aims to demonstrate how ten local homes can be retrofitted to a zero net standard by increasing energy efficiency, insulating floors, ceilings and walls, sealing gaps and cracks, switching from gas to more efficient electric appliances, shading exposed windows and installing solar panels. 

The project has been initiated by the Mount Alexander Sustainability Group, supported by the Sustainable Australia Fund and the Mount Alexander City Council and the retrofit works funded by Common Equity Housing Limited, community housing provider in Castlemaine.

ZNET: emission avoidance and drawdown

  • Reducing household emissions through direct retrofitting, ensuring housing stock uses renewable energy, increasing passive energy potential, using appliances that are repairable and use less power.
  • Supporting those disadvantaged by the current systems to reduce emissions

ADAPT: people, places and sectors are climate ready

  • Improving the thermal comfort of the home help protects against heat related illnesses and conditions
  • Creates jobs in energy auditing, energy efficiency, and solar installation, helping industry sectors to transition

REGENERATIVE CULTURE: embrace caring for Country and Community, working creatively and a just society

  • Supports those systemically cast as vulnerable in the community