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Ironbark frequently contributes reports, information and time to the sector. Over the last decade we have written hundreds of articles, delivered webinars and developed presentations and reports that we have promoted through this website, our newsletter and social media.

On this page you can search through all of these free resources by either high level categories, tags or free search in the search box. You'll see that each resource contains related news so you can explore further.

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Ironbark are thrilled to announce that we’ve teamed up with ICLEI Oceania and Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE) to develop the most comprehensive local government and climate change survey Australian councils and communities have ever witnessed! We're inviting Australian council and community stakeholders to take part in the survey to better understand local government climate change actions, policies, strategies and targets. The survey will identify successful case studies across Australia and help...

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Eurobodalla Shire Council and Tweed Shire Council both avoid hundreds of thousands of dollars in energy costs at their water pumping stations by being strategic about where and when they pump water. This project is replicable where any site has high demand (known as KVA) charges and machinery with flexible operation times. Here they share their learnings and outline tips for other councils wanting to be smart about how they operate their major machinery.

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Large facilities such as aquatic centres are under pressure to be more energy efficient. A key flagship project for many such sites is cogeneration. Moreland City Council recently commissioned a case study that compared one of its existing cogeneration systems to high efficiency boilers linked to a photovoltaic system. These results were enlightening and will inform how Moreland generates heat and electricity for aquatic centres in the future. See here for outcomes of the study and tips for...

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Ironbark was born out of the desire of local governments wanting assistance to save money and energy in street lighting and council facilities. The appointment of our newest street lighting project manager carries on our practice of seeking to employ people who have broad local government experience and have actually worked at councils. Karl Shanley fits that description to a tee, having worked in the environment and asset management departments at the City of Yarra and Hobsons Bay City...

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4,000 of your colleagues need your help! Millions of dollars in funding will soon be available for efficient hot water systems at local governments. You can help make sure the best possible outcomes are achieved by completing a 5 minute survey on solar or heat pump hot water brands. On behalf of councils around Australia, Ironbark Sustainability is working with ICLEI Oceania, to create a TechSelect review of solar and heat pump hot water systems so that councils can make informed decisions...

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Aquatic Centres are often the most energy intensive facilities Councils own. Staff who manage these centres have a wide range of technically complicated tasks to carry out every day. Sustainability issues need to be integrated into the daily operation of the centres for any lasting change to occur. Aquatics & Recreation Victoria (ARV) and Ironbark have announced a strategic partnership aimed at helping local government aquatic and recreation centres to become more sustainable.

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Aquatics & Recreation Victoria (ARV) and Ironbark have announced a strategic partnership aimed at helping local government aquatic and recreation centres to become more energy efficient. As part of the partnership, ARV and Ironbark will be delivering a series of workshops to help centre staff and management teams take control of the sustainability agenda at their sites. The workshops will provide attendees with the key background information and practical tools to assist them in assessing the...

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Making the right choice of hot water system depends on council aims and budgets, building characteristics, hot water usage patterns, climate and existing systems. Ironbark and its partner ICLEI Oceania have released the Local Government TechSelect - Solar and Heat Pump Hot Water Systems report to help councils plan and install the best hot water systems and products. "I found this review to be a practical and useful guide to solar and heat pump hot water systems, and used it when preparing the...

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In late 2012 Ironbark held a webinar for Australian councils focussing on how to implement successful hot water retrofits at council facilities. Ironbark and local government staff provided short presentations on their hot water knowledge and retrofit project experiences, including staff from Darebin and Moonee Valley City Councils. You can view it here as well as download the slides.

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