IREE 2017 Conference 

16-17 February 2017, Wollongong, Australia

The International Residential Energy Efficiency (IREE) conference brings together researchers and practitioners from around the world who are expert and interested in all aspects of energy efficiency in residential buildings.

Over 80 presenters bring the latest news and findings on technologies, health impacts, cost-benefits, policies and human factors to this conference.

About IREE 2017

Improving energy efficiency is now a global challenge.

Understanding and overcoming these challenges requires the combined efforts of government agencies, energy providers and energy users. 

This inaugural conference marks the first of its kind in Australia where the primary focus is on improving energy efficiency in the home.


It aims to report on the findings of research and practice from a wide range of academics and practitioners, and particularly builds on work conducted as part of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science’s national LIEEP program which piloted 20 projects to assist Low Income Australian Households in becoming more energy efficient.


  • Lessons learned from government initiatives (e.g., international programs, the Australian Low Income Energy Efficiency Program (LIEEP), state government programs)

  • Retrofitting of homes for energy efficiency

  • Thermal comfort and indoor environmental quality (IEQ)

  • Co-benefits of energy efficiency, such as health and wellbeing, etc.

  • Community engagement

  • Incentives and barriers to energy efficiency in the home

  • Working with Indigenous people

  • Working with older people and other vulnerable groups

  • Cost-benefit, cost-effectiveness analyses

  • Housing providers/landlord-tenant relationships

  • Challenges and solutions for energy utilities and retailers

  • Housing stock characterization

  • Householder practices

  • The water-energy nexus, water efficiency

  • Developing and integrating energy efficient technologies for the home

  • Policy implications

  • Data analysis and management

  • Fuel poverty challenges

  • Energy efficiency in Social and Community housing

  • Low-income challenges

  • Efficiency of household appliances, heating & cooling technologies, etc.

  • Other relevant topics

Who should attend

  • Academics working in fields associated with residential energy efficiency and in diverse disciplines from engineering and building physics, through social marketing, social geography, to health and well-being.

  • NGO’s and development agencies dealing with residential energy efficiency including community housing providers and charities

  • Government agencies from all tiers of government (National, State and Local)

  • Consumer advocates, trade unions & other agencies

  • Contractors, manufacturers and suppliers of energy efficiency solutions for the home

  • Aged Care Providers & aged care facility managers

  • Social and community housing providers

  • Energy Utilities & Retailers