Renovating Historic Buildings to Zero Energy

Tsk 59 focuses on finding conservation compatible energy retrofit approaches and solutions for historic buildings, which preserves the historic and aesthetic values while increasing comfort, lowering energy bills and minimising environmental impact.

Australian Lead

Rebecca Yang


Senior lecturer and Director of the Solar Energy Application Laboratory (SEAL) in the School of Property Construction and Project Management at RMIT University. RMIT SEAL undertakes applied research to enable the integration of solar energy in buildings and suburbans.

Rebecca is an Australia expert in the International Energy Agency Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme Task 15 Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV), leads the subtask on “BIPV Digitalisation”, and participates in the other three subtasks on “Cross-sectional analysis – learning from existing BIPV installations”, “BIPV Guidelines” and “Pre-normative international research on BIPV characterisation methods”. Rebecca is also the Australian lead on the Solar Heating and Cooling Task 59; Solar Energy Buildings.