It all started when…
I began working for a social housing organisation as the property manager and became aware that the majority of our tenants were living in houses that had been built 40, 50 or in some cases 60 years ago. Although not in as poor repair as the house above, they were not very good at keeping people warm in winter or cool in summer without needing a lot of energy. Some tenants in social housing struggle to afford adequate heating and cooling in poorly designed houses - this is called fuel poverty and is a serious issue. So I started looking for ways to improve the livability of these houses. I studied - a Certificate IV in home energy assessment and started reading a lot (and I do mean a lot). Comprehension dawned that it wasn’t just social housing that was in a bad way, but the majority of our homes. This is why I have created ATMOS1 - as my crusade to help improve all our lives
A little story
Disorder: We are experiencing more extreme weather events around the globe - whether you want to call it climate change or not. Likewise, if you want to ascribe it to the effects of humankind or not, it is real and causing an enormous amount of hardship for the majority of the inhabitants of our planet, human or otherwise. At the same time our energy supply is in the hands of private companies whose sole aim is to make as much profit as possible - which comes out of our pockets. In addition it will be increasing difficult and expensive to access energy dense fossil fuels, driving prices for all types of energy higher, despite interested parties talking up how much fossil fuel is left.
Revolution: obviously we can’t rely on our government to lead the way as both sides of politics appear to be captive to special interest groups (did someone say energy companies?) So what can we do? All around the globe, concerned, thinking citizens are taking matters into their own hands, engaging in multiple ventures to reduce our impact on the planet. Movements such as Occupy and organisations such as Resilience (https://www.resilience.org) and Transition (https://transitionnetwork.org) support local actions and are helping to inform and shape changes in our communities.
Restoration: Through ATMOS1 I am hoping to be part of the change that we as a society need. I believe in a sustainable future by conscious living - considering our actions and the impacts we have. My role is to help reduce the energy consumption we need to keep our homes comfortable, creating a secure (and affordable!) refuge. By the way, these ideas are not my own and have been in part inspired by campaigner, environmentalist author and journalist George Monbiot and his most recent book - Out of the Wreckage. Start with the podcast at . https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/the-sustainable-futures-report/id313473372?mt=2&i=1000396736098
To reduce energy consumption in our homes, delivering a secure, comfortable and affordable refuge.
Through advocacy, inspire re-engagement in our local communities, encouraging a sense of belonging and citizenship.
Model attitudes and behaviors that stimulates discussion about our responsibilities to our fellow human beings and the planet we share
Contribute to the changes needed to lift our politics out of apathy at a local, state and national level.
“‘WHAT USE IS A FINE HOUSE IF YOU HAVEN’T GOT A TOLERABLE PLANET TO PUT IT ON”
henry David thoreau
So what exactly do I do?
Think of ATMOS1 like a doctor for your house - diagnosing what is causing the issues and then prescribing the medicine (solutions) for your specific circumstances - just like prescribing antibiotics for an infection.
This is the area that really drives us at ATMOS1
In 1990 the Federal Government reported (Energy Use in the Australian Residential Sector 1986-2020) six million occupied residential households, with an estimated increase to 10 million households by 2020, with household energy consumption set to rise from 299 petajoules (PJ) to 467 PJ - a 56% increase.
Minimum energy standards only came into force in the National Construction Code in 2003, leaving the majority of the Australian housing stock operating at the equivalent of NatHERS 1 star energy consumption, which means that your home is effectively doing nothing to protect you from the effects of hot and cold weather - and you are spending lots of money on energy bills that you could use elsewhere!
We can model your home on the same software that is used for new homes - this will allow us to see how your house is currently performing - and then model solutions, taking the guesswork out of what renovations or changes to your home will bring the greatest benefit. We provide you with a cost/benefit analysis to help you make decisions on what changes you will make to improve the comfort of your home.
ATMOS1 provides BASIX certificates for residential development and renovations in NSW.
The Building Sustainability Index (BASIX) aims to deliver equitable, effective water and greenhouse gas reductions across the state. BASIX is one of the strongest sustainable planning measures to be undertaken in Australia.
BASIX and the planning system
An integrated part of the planning system, BASIX is implemented under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act. BASIX applies to all residential dwelling types and is part of the development application process in NSW.
BASIX reduces water and energy consumption in homes across NSW. These environmental outcomes also provide a long term financial saving for the homeowner – and a valuable contribution to the sustainable future of our communities.
Nathers energy ratings
ATMOS1 provides NatHERS rating certificates for all Australian States and Territories
The Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) is a star rating system (out of ten) that rates the energy efficiency of a home, based on its design.
By providing a ‘measuring tape’ to estimate a home’s potential heating and cooling energy use, NatHERS helps to make Australian homes more comfortable for their inhabitants and also helps residents to save on energy bills through smarter design choices. Often good design can reduce the amount of energy needed to keep a home comfortable with no or little additional construction cost.