The International Energy Agency Solar Heating and Cooling (IEA SHC) Programme has released the four projects in contention for the 2022 SHC Solar Award. Along with nominees from France, Namibia and South Africa, Australia’s “My Home” project has been shortlisted.
The SHC Solar Award is given to an individual, company, or private/public institution that shows outstanding leadership or achievements in the field of solar heating and cooling and supports the work of the IEA SHC. This year’s award will recognize a Solar Heating or Cooling project that reduces energy use and costs in social housing.
“My Home” is a philanthropic developer that brings together Government, Church, Private Sector, and Community Housing Providers to deliver projects using a Public Private Partnership model. Their North Freemantle project is building 18 affordable, long-term occupancy homes for older women who are experiencing homelessness. Michelle Blakeley, Founder and Chair of My Home Australasia explains “This is the first project for “My Home” and is proof of concept for future landowners, property building footprints, we can design and deliver high performance, comfortable and developers and governments. Even with a low construction budget and small enjoyable housing for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Importantly, the benefits of good design are ongoing with nil or very low energy bills for residents and excellent thermal comfort throughout the year.”