Future Proofing Geelong has developed a series of fact sheets on a number of topics relating to sustainabilty.
Building & Renovating factsheet.pdf
Office Energy Saving factsheet.pdf
Retrofitting Heritage Properties
Retrofitting Heritage Properties.pdf
Project Task Group Terms of Reference
See the ‘Clean Energy Future’ website for information about government programs and resources.
The Greener Living website is produced by the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency. It provides information on energy, water, waste and travel including rebates & assistance, guides and how to take action.
The VEET scheme is a Victorian Government initiative promoted as the Energy Saver Incentive.
The VEET scheme is designed to make energy efficiency improvements more affordable, contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases, and encourage investment, employment and innovation in industries that supply energy efficiency goods and services.
Under the scheme, accredited businesses can offer discounts and special offers on selected energy saving products and appliances installed at homes, businesses or other non-residential premises. The bigger the greenhouse gas reduction, the bigger the potential saving.
The Department of planning and community development has developed new guidance sheets to improve energy efficiency for heritage homes.
If you are looking at retrofitting your home you may find these useful.
Deaprtment of Planning and Community Development
Victorian Energy Efficiency Target website
Sustainability Victoria has a simple goal: to integrate sustainability into all aspects of Victorian life so that living sustainably forms part of what we all do every day.
It includes information on building, recycling, green power, research, funding and rebate opportunities and how to take action.
Sustainability Victoria website
Home Building Useful Resources
For an extensive technical manual visit Your Home or for a design checklist visit Your Home Buyers Guide.
For more information on Design Build, visit the interactive link.
Get the how-to's and rebates with this Sustainable Living site.
Looking for more information on the Green Smart guidelines.
A new and innovative way to look at the Climate Design Wizard.
A comprehensive and useful Checklist for building your new home.
Get the latest information and updates on Window Design for your new home.
Great information on the Window Energy Rating Scheme.
Learn more about how to Save Water at Home and information on recycled water.
Thinking of installing Green Features in your new home. Check out the Savings Calculator to see what you could save.
Not sure what Green Products to use? Look at the Eco Specifier to give you an idea.
Need more information about Geelong and Council Services.
For information about the Armstrong Creek growth area.
Future Proofing Geelong showcases sustainability leadership across the Geelong region, incompassing sustainability, climate change and innovation.
Commercial Building Retrofits – Funding Opportunity
Future Proofing Geelong is now partnered with two projects to support local business –
• CityCwitch – for office tenants: support to develop a ‘green office plan’ and implement it, as well as rebates for NABERS assessments (National Australian Built Environmental Ratings Scheme).CitySwitch Green Office is a program to support commercial office tenants reduce their office energy use and bottom line. City of Greater Geelong has recently signed up to it. See: http://www.cityswitch.net.au
• Sustainable Melbourne Fund - provides loans for retrofit / upgrade of commercial buildings in order to reduce energy use and carbon emissions.
Sustainable Melbourne Fund (SMF)
How to get funding
SMF provides loans from $50,000 up to a maximum of $500,000 per project with loan terms of up to 6 years (loans for less than $50,000 will also be considered).
SMF will consider projects that enhance the environment and deliver economic benefits. This includes innovative business ventures or new technologies that provide environmental benefits to the wider community.
An application for funding must be made to SMF, accompanied by the details of the project, clearly outlining the proposed works, savings generated by the project (energy, water, greenhouse gas emissions, plus dollars) and the quote for the proposed works.
Loans that won’t cost the earth
SMF provides competitive loan rates that are reviewed each year. Unlike traditional loans, all financial returns are re-invested in future sustainability projects, allowing SMF to support the community in further environmental initiatives.
The application process
The application process comprises of three stages before funds can be released in stage four to successful applicants:
Stage 1 Preliminary review and credit assessment
Stage 2 Sustainable Melbourne Fund Investment Subcommittee approval
Stage 3 Final approval by Sustainable Melbourne Fund Board of Trustees
Stage 4 Letter of offer, execution of agreement and distribution of funds
A Project Officer can assist you with your plans, and your actions could contribute to the Geelong ‘Low Carbon Growth Plan’. Benefits from this scheme include energy cost reductions, increased rental opportunities, marketing opportunities, increased asset values and compliance with low carbon building ratings.
To receive a call from our Project Officer contact us.
LCA Clean Technology program grants – now available
Low Carbon Australia is offering pre-approved finance to support clean technology: $800m for clean technology investment & $200m clean technology food & foundries.Co-investment is required - at different percentages depending on the grant amount applied for.For an outline about how Low Carbon Australia is offering this pre-approved finance to support Clean Technology Program grant bids for industry, download a fact sheet from the publications section of the website - www.lowcarbonaustralia.com.au/publications To receive support with this scheme from our Project Officer contact us.
As part of the Low Carbon Growth Plan for Geelong research project, we have aggregated a list of state and federal funding opportunities to help business and community transition to a lower carbon future. Funding Opportunities (PDF 120kb)
Add your Future Proofing Case Studies to the Website
Individuals, groups and businesses are invited to submit case studies that showcase leadership in the area of sustainability to the Future Proofing website. Click here: Future Proofing Geelong Case Study Template
Join a Community Group
The City of Greater Geelong has a register of community groups operating in the Geelong region. Groups include those with an environmental, gardening, and sustainability focus. To find out more visit the register.