Sunday, 28 June 2009

Evening Meeting – 2 July 2009

This fortnight we have an evening meeting on Thursday, 2nd July, at the Melton Community Hall, meeting room 4, from 7-9pm.  The meeting will start dead on 7.00pm as we have a full programme, so please be a little early.  The hall will be open from 6.30pm onwards.  I have invited the team at ecoMaster to come along and present to us, and they have kindly accepted. 

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Listed below is what they intend on covering in two presentations;

The most effective presentation would be about the Fed. Govt program which starts on 1st July.  Our group will be the first ever group in Australia to be presented with the Home Sustainability Assessments and the Green Loans program.

We will cover:

  • LYN:
    what is a home sustainability assessment and how does that work with a 'green loan'
  • what is the purpose of the green loans scheme

  • potential benefits

  • the 'mechanics' of the scheme 
    eligibility for the loans e.g. must you be a homeowner or is it open to the landlords of rental properties

  • restrictions on the amounts of loans

  • options in finance choices

  • are loans secured through mortgages of some sort

  • interest rates

  • What is the role of the Home Sustainability Assessor

  • what is the fee for assessing a home, how much and who pays for it
  • Are there benefits to having a Home Assessment done as opposed to a homeowner deciding themselves on what they want done and borrowing for that purpose
  • How long does it take to do an assessment
  • Who receives copies of the Assessment
  • The independence of the Assessor

This should be approximately 30mins followed by 15 min question time.

  • MAURICE:
  • Will address the following matters in regard to technology and factors which influence the selection or choices:
  • draught proofing
  • fireplaces and chimneys
  • window glazing
  • floor,wall and roof insulation
  • water systems including size of rainwater tanks, types of tanks e.g. steel  v plastic, when grey water systems are viable
    sources of energy - e.g. when solar power is suitable
  • outdoor blinds
  • use of vegetation to reduce heat

This should be approximately 30mins followed by 15 min question time.

I do believe that it will be one informative night and I hope you can all attend, and please feel free to bring along any friends or family who are interested.

Kind regards,

Gavin Webber,

President,

Melton Sustainable Living Group Inc.

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