The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2016-08-19T03:59:28Z Explore Australia Expo, the ultimate adventure paradise this Fathers Day weekend 2016-08-19T03:59:28Z explore-australia-expo-the-ultimate-adventure-paradise-this-fathers-day-weekend Explore Australia Expo, the ultimate adventure paradise this Fathers Day weekend The Doomben Racecourse, Brisbane is set to transform into the ultimate adventure paradise when Explore Australia Expo moves in this Fathers-Day weekend, 2 – 4 September 2016. Explore Australia Expo Director and Event Manager Paul Morgan says he promises to really shake things up this year, with undoubtedly the highest standard of products and displays for every adventure lover, all in one place. “We are really excited to confirm that TJM 4x4 Megastore and Adventure Offroad will be at the Expo again in 2016. Not only are they among the elite of the outdoor industries, but they are genuinely good at what they do, and visitors to the expo will be delighted in their displays and offers available across the weekend.” Wayne Hammond from Adventure Offroad says when he was invited to exhibit at Explore Australia Expo again in 2016, the decision was a ‘no-brainer’. “Explore Australia Expo is not like other Expo’s. It gives customers the chance to talk to professionals in the industry about products for their vehicle, new products, new technologies, it’s not just a sales fest,” he said. Adventure Offroad will be offering a number of package deals as part of the Expo including Ironman 4x4 bull bar, winch and lights; Ironman 4x4 fridges, fridge bags, thermometers, stands; and Ironman 4x4 suspension package deals. They will also have their tried and trusted roof top tens and single and double swags as well as many cash and carry camping products available for fathers day presents including battery operated tent fans with LED light and dual speed fan; battery operated LED camping lanterns; LED head torches; Ironman 4x4s range of collapsible buckets and kettles and Ironman 4x4s led light strips which are a must for every camp-site. Kris Humphrys from TJM 4x4 Megastore is also offering visitors to the Expo some awesome deals and even introducing a few new unique products to the QLD market. “We are offering visitors to the Expo Australia’s cheapest price on Hema HN7 Navigators as well as access to the full range of Lightforce products, Rhino Racks and Brown Davis. We also have Australia’s best set-up touring vehicle, a 79 series dual cab on display for visitors to check out,” said Kris. “We will also be introducing two new products, Rhinohide – a removable and reusable paintwork protection system that is fitted to the exterior of 4x4 vehicles and RV Storage – leading recreational vehicle storage solutions and accessories,” he added. Tickets to the Expo are on sale now and every visitor through the gate will have the chance to enter major prize draws including a TJM Explorers Pack, valued at $6,000 thanks to TJM 4x4 Megastore and an Ironman Deluxe Bullbar valued at $1,295 thanks to Adventure Offroad. Further information on the Explore Australia Expo, Brisbane can be found at Explore Australia Expo Brisbane or by following us on Explore Australia Expo Facebook or Explore Australia Expo YouTube For exhibitor enquiries call the Explore Australia Expo Sales Team on 03 5255 1517 or e-mail info@exploreaustraliaexpo.com.au Tickets can be purchased from Tickets for Explore Australia Expo Brisbane 2-4 September 2016 <ENDS> Media Enquiries: Sara Crowe, C7EVEN Communications, 0438 197 559 Timber Flooring Still Popular After All These Years 2016-08-18T06:05:44Z timber-flooring-still-popular-after-all-these-years Brisbane, QLD, 18 August 2016 - Flooring in Brisbane, as well as across Australia, has evolved and fluctuated greatly in appearance over the last 100 years. Carpeting has become more popular and changed a lot, with many different piles, lengths and styles. Tile has also evolved considerably, with a different “look” coming and going every year. Last year’s “hot product” is this year’s tepid memory. However, the timber floor is still popular, just as it was 100 years ago. Timber floors don’t really look all that much different than they did so many years ago, either. Board widths may change but timber is still timber in appearance and performance. Why has timber been immune to style changes for more than 100 years? Here are some reasons why timber flooring is still so popular in Brisbane.Benefits of Timber FlooringTimber flooring costs more than many other options in the Brisbane area but it has both short-term and long-term benefits that more than compensate homeowners for their initial investment. For example, while a good carpet may last for 10-15 years, a solid, well-built timber floor can last for longer than 100 years under normal use.Timber floors are a lot easier to clean than carpets. All it really takes to keep a timber floor clean is a soft brush or broom and some light mopping. Some even prefer to take a light vacuum to a timber floor. While carpets hold in up to 100,000 dust mites per m3, dust mites can’t gain a “foothold” on timber flooring. In addition, fleas and dust don’t tend to stick to timber but will stay in your carpet for as long as you allow them to. And it is really difficult to get them out. It is also a lot easier to clean spills of food and beverage off your timber floor than your carpet and the timber floor doesn’t stain as long as it is sealed.Eventually, a carpet wears down and has to be replaced. A timber floor can just be sanded and refinished for a lot lower cost than replacing a carpet.Another consideration is that styles of carpet and tile seem to go in and out of style every year. A tile configuration or a carpet colour may be “in” one year and seen as “tacky” the next. A timber floor looks mostly like they did 100 years ago and they never go out of style. In addition, a timber floor improves aesthetically as it gets older, due to the ageing of the timber and softening of the colours.Timber flooring also helps the environment, especially when it is obtained from ethical sources. Timber stores carbon for as long as it is whole. Even counting processing and transport, timber has a “carbon footprint” roughly 1/5 that of any other flooring material.Ultimately, timber flooring is still popular in Brisbane because of its aesthetic, its low maintenance and its high performance.Narangba Timbers are timber suppliers who provide timber flooring, timber fencing and a host of other timber products to the Brisbane area. They combine high quality, sustainably sourced timber with low prices and world class customer service. To learn more or to place an order, call (07) 3888 1293 or visit their website: http://www.narangbatimbers.com.au/. Rihac Innovative Products Honoured at the Australian Business Awards 2016-08-16T05:53:05Z rihac-innovative-products-honoured-at-the-australian-business-awards Rihac has been recognised as an ABA100 winner in the Australian Business Awards 2016 for New Product Innovation. The award recognises Rihac’s achievements in the inkjet printing industry through the design, research and development of Rihac Pop Carts®. Following the success of our global phenomenon the Inklink®, our latest creation Pop Carts, are set to revolutionize the home inkjet printing industry saving consumers a staggering 75% on their printing consumable costs. The product is aimed at home and business users and centered on converting an existing all-in-one printhead cartridge into a segregated ink cartridge. Pop Carts extend the practical use life of the originally disposable printhead to the maximum and reduces the amount of electronic waste. Rebecca Cahir, the Director of Rihac says, “We are honoured that the Rihac Pop Cart has been named an ABA100 winner for New Product Innovation in the 2016 Australian Business Awards. Continuous innovation is a fundamental value in our company and we are inspired to continue pursuing new ‘outside the box’ solutions for consumers.” Each year the ABA100 winners are recognised through a variety of different award categories that demonstrate transformative business and product innovation. Corporate, government and non-government organisations are recognised for their ability to drive innovation through the application of technical expertise in the management of industry leading initiatives, and for the research and development of high-performing products and services. Products are evaluated based on their demonstrable ability to solve emerging problems through technological innovation that results in a wider transformative effect. Detailed analysis of features, end user benefits, research and performance provide a comprehensive framework that determines the effect of each product on the market. For more information on the Australian Business Awards and the 2016 ABA100 winners go to www.australianbusinessawards.com.au. About Rihac Rihac has been paving the way in sustainable print innovation for over 10 years. Now widely regarded as the global leaders in providing affordable home and office printing, we are at the forefront of developing user friendly, environmentally-conscious and cost effective products.  Rihac’s range of printing consumables encompasses a winning combination of outstanding value and the highest possible quality, and includes a vast selection of products to suit the everyday user through to high-end professional printers. Slashing the costs for everyone who owns an inkjet printer. Never purchase another inkjet printer cartridge! Pop Carts® All-in-one printers account for around 25% of the inkjet printer market. The idea of the Pop Carts™ was driven by a desire to create an alternative product in a niche market that was being exclusively controlled by proprietary inkjet printer manufacturers. Simply explained; the Pop Cart is a disposable cartridge insert designed for the all-in-one inkjet cartridge. Once the OEM all-in-one cartridge is empty, a Pop Cart is inserted to replace the empty ink sponge, transforming it into a segregated printhead ink cartridge. The Pop Cart is a simplistic design comprised of an ink-soaked sponge encased in a light, durable plastic shell, molded to slide easily into the OEM cartridge casing. As easy as Pop, Push, Print! To install, just pop the top off your OEM cartridge, remove the used ink sponge, then insert your Pop Cart refill. When your ink runs out, simply replace it with another Pop Cart. Pop Carts contain twice the ink of OEM cartridges - and most Importantly, saves users over 75% on ongoing printing costs. For further information or comment, contact: RIHAC Enterprises Pty Ltd Shop 1, 72-80 Hampstead Road, Maidstone VIC 3012 Phone: (03) 9005 5555 or, 1300 INK OUT (465 688) Email: info@rihac.com.au Web: www.rihac.com.au Facebook: www.facebook.com/rihac/ Monthly Drone | AUGUST 2016-08-15T23:39:09Z monthly-drone-measure-australia Monthly Drone | AUGUST-TV and talkback worthy drone news from around the world -  From drone deliveries to obstructing firefighters, it was a month of rapid innovation and significant challenges for drones worldwide.   The use of drones for deliveries took centre stage this August across the globe, with Amazon partnering with the British government in order to expand drone delivery testing, not to mention 7-Eleven delivering its first Slurpee via drone.   Locally, we  saw the Queensland Government commit to invest $1 million into drone research, flagging the vast opportunities that drones present for an array of industries.   This month also saw drone regulations enforced as drone pilots were arrested around the world for flying over bushfires in California and football games in England. This has resulted in demand for tighter drone regulations and pressure on regulators to keep up with drone innovation.   With Australian summer just around the corner, this begs the question – are Australian authorities prepared for the substantial increase in drone use and its potential impact on the upcoming bushfire season?   Aonghus Stevens, Chief Technology Officer of Australia’s leading drone service provider; Measure Australia, flags the importance of this as he states “Drone use is growing exponentially for both commercial applications and hobbyists. While drones are primarily used for good they can have potentially dangerous consequences when they interfere with vital services such as bushfire control.”   Measure Australia is Australia’s leading drone service provider with national clients in insurance, real estate, agriculture, mining, infrastructure and telecommunications industries. To learn more, visit measureaustralia.com.au.  If you would like to speak to a drone expert from Measure Australia on any of the stories and issues outlined above or any other issue related to drones, please contact:  Daniel Anderson Account Director 0418 686 775daniel@closer.com.auRachael Blasina Account Co-ordinator 0428 073 703rachael@closer.com.au   Forest Growers National Conference Program - A Choice Spoiler 2016-08-15T22:34:22Z forest-growers-national-conference-program-a-choice-spoiler Forty-four speakers will enlighten delegates at the Australian Forest Growers National Conference 2016 running from 23-26 October in Launceston, Tasmania. The Conference includes a choice of 8 field tours covering industrial and private forestry, conservation and forest restoration, multipurpose farm and agroforestry, timber processing and manufacture, and wood engineering. Early bird registrations close on 30 August 2016 and the program for the Conference is available from the Conference web site, www.afg.asn.au The three Grower Workshops are expected to be very popular with some of the nations best forest owners sharing their experiences with delegates.  The Welcome Function, at the prestigious QVMAG, and the Conference Dinner provide ample opportunity for delegates and other guests to meet and mix over Tasmanian food and wine. A highlight of the Conference will be the dinner presentation of the National Tree Farmer Award. The Business Breakfast is new event and a unique opportunity to hear and discuss future markets with an expert working closely in this field. The Farm Forestry Toolbox Workshop (offered as an adjunct, free on Thursday) can help growers to learn and manage plantations for wood and financial returns. Forest owners/managers who wish to contribute to AFG National Policy are invited to attend the Policy workshops.  Delegates are also invited to attend the AGMs of both AFG and Forest & Wood Products Australia. AFG gratefully acknowledges the many sponsors/supporters with details, shown on the Conference web site.  The Organising Committee have planned a conference to more than satisfy all delegates and early registration is important to ensure your choice of activity/event can be accommodated. Register now, book accommodation and make travel arrangements to take advantage of cheaper prices.  Full Conference Program with Session and Grower Workshops http://www.afg.asn.au/news/afg-2016-biennial-national-conference   Insiders Rate Best Timbers for Timber Decking in Brisbane 2016-08-15T07:23:42Z insiders-rate-best-timbers-for-timber-decking-in-brisbane Brisbane, QLD, 15 August 2016 - It’s no secret that timber decking is big in the Brisbane area. They are a popular way to enjoy cool beverages outdoors across Australia. Recently, a timber supplier from Brisbane rated the best timbers for timber decking on his company blog. Jack Kyle, owner of Narangba Timbers, decided to share years of experience in the timber business to help homeowners who are considering building timber decks.According to Mr Kyle: “We have been in the timber business for three generations. Over the years, some patterns have emerged. Though public taste has changed a little bit, there are still certain timbers such as Merbau that have become extremely popular among those looking to build timber decks in the Brisbane area.”Mr Kyle singled out six particular timbers as the most popular or “favourite” timbers for timber decking in Brisbane. Two are listed below.MerbauMerbau is also called “Kwila.” It is debatably the most popular timber for timber decking in Brisbane and across Australia. It has an orange-brown colour when it is new and matures into a red-brown colour as it ages. It is a favourite due to its appearance, hardness and durability. It provides natural protection against termites, rotting and bushfires. However, its appearance is the reason so many people across Australia love building their timber decks with Merbau. It can be used with a clear sealer only or it can be stained but most people leave it clear and let the natural beauty of its colour and grain show through.ACQ Treated PineACQ Treated Pine is the only softwood on the list but it is hard enough and durable enough to make for great timber decking. ACQ stands for Alkaline Copper Quaternary and is a substitute for the more toxic CCA treated pine. ACQ is safe for timber decking and provides protection against rotting, termites and bushfires.Pine has become very popular for timber decking because it is so versatile. It is a softwood and is quite porous. That makes it easier to work with, especially with a saw, than hardwood. It also absorbs seal, stain and paint exceedingly well. For those who like paint or stain, pine is the best timber available.An Overview of Timber Decking in BrisbaneAccording to Mr Kyle, there are a variety of popular timbers for decking in Brisbane:“There are six timbers that we find to be extremely popular among those looking to build timber decks. While we are partial to Merbau, Pacific Jarrah is another timber that is very popular for people building timber decks. Like Merbau, Select Pacific Jarrah has a distinctive appearance that makes it a favourite among deck builders. Jarrah can be light brown or it can be a dark shade of brown or red. “Mr Kyle concludes: “Whatever you like, as long as you choose a high quality timber, you can’t go wrong.”Narangba Timbers is a supplier of timber decking supplies in Brisbane. They have a full selection of popular hardwoods and softwoods most commonly used for timber decking and other home projects. They recommend visiting their display deck for a firsthand look at a wide variety of timbers and finishes. To learn more or to speak to customer service, call (07) 3888 1293 today or visit their website: http://www.narangbatimbers.com.au/. HRL launches new web navigation that puts customers first 2016-08-03T01:52:31Z hrl-launches-new-web-navigation-that-puts-customers-first A new-look website gives engineers, general managers, asset managers, and others seeking to work with a technical engineering expert like HRL Technology Group a clear picture of how HRL solves their problems. As General Manager, Steven Kulibaba, attests, "Over the years, there's not much we haven't seen. If it's exploded, fallen down, fallen apart, or just worn out, we've fixed it! We also proactively protect and optimise assets for maximum business performance. This site is about standing in the shoes of our customers and providing insight and helpful information so they can make an informed decision about solving their specific challenge." Relaunching www.hrlt.com.au today, the new and improved site features a comprehensive navigation so you can conduct easy searches by industry, service, expert, and even your role! Ken Jefferd, Managing Director, says, "This site is all about profiling the extensive expertise of our highly-experienced team. We wanted to showcase our people but also give the user a more customer-centric experience. It's all about showing them how we solve the problems they face every day." Renowned for their expertise in technical engineering, the website is designed to provide customers with navigation options depending on their need. There is an abundance of resources, ranging from case studies, expert profiles, brochures, and blog posts."We've built an innovative online resource from the ground up that gets people thinking differently about how they can solve their own issues and, in the process, transform their business performance. From outsourcing their lab to innovative waste solutions, this site shows the breadth of our expertise using logical navigation, in line with our new tagline: Expertise in Action," concludes General Manager, Steven. ABOUT HRL Technology GroupWith a rich history that begun with the provision of science and engineering firepower to start Australia's brown coal power station industry back in the 1950s, we're trusted by the biggest businesses in Australia and Asia for good reason. Our proven track record includes being a part of the State Electricity Commission of Victoria, and then working with the Victorian State electricity sector privatization in the mid-90s. Over the years, there's not much we haven't seen if it's exploded, fallen down, fallen apart, or just worn out, our expert engineers have fixed it! In 2016, under new ownership, we've reinvented HRL with big growth aspirations designed to make a difference in critical industries like thermal power, mining and minerals, renewables, manufacturing, legal and insurance. Today, our expert engineers work with the likes of AGL, Engie, Rio Tinto, Coles, IXOM, Origin, Lion Nathan, and other blue chip businesses. Acting as their trusted technical partner, we willingly collaborate with likeminded engineers, general managers, quality control, asset managers, and procurement teams to meet and exceed their goals.   Australian Businesses Edging Toward Environmental Sustainability 2016-08-02T06:59:54Z australian-businesses-edging-toward-environmental-sustainability Environmental consideration and government incentives have pushed a growing amount of businesses towards eco-friendly services over the last decade. This will not come as much of a surprise when considering the sustainability crisis that Australia has found itself in over the last few years, which has threatened to impact the country’s effect on both pollutants and global warming in an oversized way over the coming years. While this trend toward feasible environmental solutions is still in need of growth and development, there are several different services that have made their way to the forefront of this positive corporate upheaval. The Boons of LED Lighting While heading toward a more viable retail sector and working off a similar residential initiative that recently concluded, the Australian government has made changes to the VEET scheme (Victorian Energy Efficiency Target) that have allowed businesses to develop their environmental strategies further without the significant loss in revenue that has caused hesitation for companies in the past. This has led to qualifying companies like LEDified being able to transfer to energy efficient LED lights at a drastically reduced cost, shrinking their environmental impact while lowering overall energy costs across the board. Reuse and Recycling of Printer Cartridges Taking into special consideration the impact that non-biodegradable substances can have over a relatively short period of time, more distributors and manufacturers of disposable cartridges have been finding ways to personally recycle these products at the end of their working life. This recycling of resources has most often taken the form of ink cartridge collection programs, either giving consumers the option of sending their depleted cartridges to be broken down and reused, or collecting them in bulk from participating companies. Not only has this process of re-use had an impact on the amount of ink and toner cartridges making their way to landfill or similar areas, but it has also cut the overheads of these companies and allowed them to keep at least a portion of their resources renewable in the process. This has also pushed manufacturing of reusable cartridges, cutting costs for both the customer and manufacturer while allowing the same cartridges to stay in service for much longer than their disposable counterparts. Solar Energy Success While they have become more prominently known for their residential use in recent times, solar panels have achieved an unprecedented amount of public awareness, with an estimated one in every five Australians utilising solar for a percentage of their electricity use. This figure, while still shy of the Australian government’s eventual goal, has meant that almost 15% of all Australian power usage is solar as of 2015, and with similar initiatives put in place for wind and hydro power, we can expect the percentages of renewable energy to rise consistently for the near future. Australia’s record on climate science and carbon emissions have been less than ideal on the world scale recently, however the efforts of these businesses to maintain a sustainable environmental future should give us hope that we are heading in the right direction. Australian forestry learns from Oregon 2016-08-02T00:22:40Z australian-forestry-learns-from-oregon Lynea Advisory, in association with Oregon State University, Oregon Wood Innovation Center and the Institute of Foresters of Australia conducted a forest and forest products innovation tour of the Oregon forest sector this July. Lyndall Bull from Lynea advisory who led the tour said, ‘This 7-night tour focused on innovative techniques and approaches and fostered the love of timber and forests that is shared by foresters worldwide.’ ‘Site visits included engineered wood products, bioenergy producers, softwood lumber, secondary manufacturing and plantations, providing enormous opportunities for Australian forest experts to exchange knowledge with their US counterparts. Forests cover over 30.5 million acres of Oregon, accounting for almost half of the state, and provides over 58 000 living wage jobs1. This tour included visits to: ·       Oregon State University including the Oregon Wood Innovation Center and their soon to be built state-of-the-art Center for Advanced Wood Products Manufacturing and Design. ·       Seneca Sawmill which produces 40 per cent of its own energy use from renewable bioenergy. ·       Roseburg Forest Products that started in 1946 and has grown into one of the nation’s largest engineered wood products facilities. ·       Brightwood Corporation which manufactures window and door parts and other secondary products. ·       Bear Mountain Forest Products. ·       A range of forest types including Douglas-fir, Oak, Hemlock and Ponderosa Pine. As was identified by the Forest Industry Advisory Council, long-term growth of the sector requires innovation across all parts of the value chain. This tour provided participants with insights into opportunities for innovation across the forest products value chain and demonstrated what can be achieved when the industry has a well-developed and effective innovation system. In particular, the tour highlighted the wide range of opportunities that exist for value adding to a sustainably managed forest resource.   1.  http://oregonforests.org/content/forest-sector-economy Builder in Perth: “Don’t Make These DIY Home Renovations Mistakes” 2016-07-28T05:05:15Z builder-in-perth-don-t-make-these-diy-home-renovations-mistakes Perth, WA, 28 July 2016 - One look at a cable TV schedule or a drive through almost any neighbourhood is enough to convince most people that home renovations are popular in Perth and across Australia. However, there can be a dark side to popularity: a lot of people attempt home renovations, only to find out they are in over their heads. According to Craig Johns, Director of Next Level Extensions, a firm with 70 years’ combined experience performing home renovations in the Perth area, the results aren’t always pretty:“Sometimes the TV shows make home renovations look too easy. Unfortunately, a lot of people end up making big mistakes because they are inexperienced. Some, as well-meaning as they may be, just don’t have the ability or wherewithal to perform home renovations and make them look professional enough to live in.”Recently, on the company blog, Mr Johns published an article about DIY home renovation mistakes that can cost homeowners more than it would to have someone else do it right for them the first time. There are some DIY errors that are common and avoidable. Substandard MaterialsMany well-meaning DIY home renovators think they can save a lot of money on materials. Unfortunately, those who buy “cheap materials” usually end up getting exactly what they paid for. Those who renovate their homes so they can live in them longer will be spending years with their renovations. The money saved by purchasing cheap materials usually isn’t worth having to live with the result for the next ten to twenty years.Inexact MeasurementsProfessional builders make exact measurements because they know how important it is. Measurements have to be perfect or the angles of a home renovation are “thrown off.” This can make the entire renovation look bad and it can severely compromise structural elements. Lack of PreparationThere is a lot of “prep work” to any home renovation. It can be tempting for a DIY renovator to skip the preparation but it can damage the result in the long run.The Never-Ending Downward SpiralSome homeowners start what looks to be a simple home renovation and end up tearing an entire room down. Professionals can look at a home and tell what is going to need changing. From wiring to structural elements, sometimes a simple renovation turns into a long trip down the rabbit hole. Some Home Renovations Require a ProfessionalWhile Mr Johns acknowledges and admires those who wish to do their own home renovations, he cautions against taking on too large or complicated a job if one is not a professional builder. According to Mr Johns:“If you need to paint a room or maybe repair a wall or two, it’s usually OK. But any major home renovations should be left to the professionals. We spend a lot of time repairing work that was done by well-meaning homeowners. When it’s all said and done, they usually wish they had hired a professional from the beginning.”Next Level Extensions is a home renovations builder with more than 70 years’ combined experience in the Perth area. Featuring award winning home renovations designer Max Sardi, they offer standard home renovations, second storey additions, home extensions and knockdown rebuilds. To learn more, call their Perth office on 1300 948 094 or visit their website: http://www.nextlevelextensions.com.au/. Landis+Gyr launches intelliHUB; launches ‘Bill of the Future’ 2016-07-27T03:22:37Z landis-gyr-launches-intellihub-launches-bill-of-the-future Landis+Gyr, the global leader in smart meters, has announced the launch of a fully operational and independent subsidiary, intelliHUB.  This is the only Australian-based metering technology company to attain full Meter and Meter Data Provider accreditation from the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO).   The accreditation means that intelliHUB is now able to operate metering services in the national electricity market by engaging with energy retailers to provide all aspects of their energy control and management solutions to their end customers.    Landis + Gyr CEO, Adrian Clark, said the accreditation gives retailers confidence that there is a truly independent and commercially focused company with proven ability to manage the risks inherent in large scale metering roll-outs.   “Over the past five years Landis+Gyr has delivered over 2 million smart meters in Australia and New Zealand, which means we have deep expertise and a real understanding of the data that drives smart energy solutions.   “The AEMO Meter and Meter Data Provider accreditation means our subsidiary intelliHUB is now ready to partner with energy retailers.  This will help retailers ensure consumers have access to the latest technology so they can manage the amount and cost of electricity consumed from the grid.   “It also means residents with solar panels can use smart meters to better utilise the power they generate, and they can be assured in our commitment to provide them with greater choice in the way they use and monitor energy,” said Mr Clark.   With the NSW Solar Bonus Scheme ending this December, intelliHUB is focusing on providing a leading solution to address the subsequent metering changes.  The means retailers who partner with Landis+Gyr or intelliHUB can offer a solution that will have the best financial outcome for their customers who have installed solar panels.    Specifically, customers will be able to automatically change from gross to net metering on 1st January 2017.  They will also be able to work with their energy retailer for smart metering solutions that can help optimise their stored power, reducing reliance on the grid during peak pricing periods.   The purpose of implementing a Metering accreditation process is to protect consumers so they can feel assured the service providers have been through rigorous auditing processes.   Retailers will need to choose an independent Metering provider on the consumer’s behalf or consumers can appoint their own. As the Metering Coordinator, the retailer has a duty of care and responsibility to appoint the Metering provider and oversee services to ensure compliance.   To coincide with the accreditation announcement, Landis+Gyr has also launched the ‘Bill of the Future’.    This service will provide retailers with technology solutions to transform the current energy bill.  The new bill will be delivered via smart devices, and presents forecasts on current usage with data analytics and machine learning used to predict future consumption to greater than ninety percent accuracy. It will also help consumers see if an appliance isn’t working efficiently or whether it is being fully optimised.     “Similar to the transformation within the telecommunications sector, Landis+Gyr is evolving from its traditional energy meter business. Today, we’re providing energy distributors and retailers with a broad range of smart technology services, all developed to enable our retail and distribution customers to give consumers the ability to use smart technology to manage their energy usage and ultimately reduce energy costs,” said Mr Clark. ENDS   About Landis+Gyr Landis+Gyr is the leading global provider of integrated energy management solutions for the utility sector. Offering the broadest portfolio of products and services to address complex industry challenges, the company delivers comprehensive solutions for the foundation of a smarter grid including; smart metering, distribution network sensing and automation tools, load control, analytics and energy storage. Landis+Gyr operates in 31 countries across five continents as an independent growth platform of the Toshiba Corporation (TKY:6502) and is also 40% owned by the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ). With annualised sales of more than US$1.5 billion, the company employs 5,700 people with the sole mission of helping the world manage energy better. More information is available at landisgyr.com I wanted to see if you’d be interested to interview Adrian Clark, CEO, Landis+Gyr who can discuss the below topics: Ø  The impact of the solar bonus scheme ending and other reforms such as the Power of Choice Ø  How the accreditation places Landis+Gyr to face these new challenges in the market Ø  The benefits to consumers and retailers of the ‘Bill of the future’ Ø  Smart grids, smart meters and smart cities more broadly   The full press release is below and images of Adrian can be downloaded here. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks, Natalie Middle East Smart Lighting And Energy Summit 2016 Advocates the Use of Energy Saving Lighting Solutions 2016-07-20T10:45:02Z middle-east-smart-lighting-and-energy-summit-2016-advocates-the-use-of-energy-saving-lighting-solutions Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, July 20, 2016: Innovative lighting technologies have drastically changed the future of the lighting industry. The influence of new trends such as smart lighting and connected lighting have reshaped various lighting categories – architectural, indoor, outdoor, residential and street lighting, to name a few. Furthermore, industry reports indicate that the residential market is the largest market sector for LEDs and the global LED market share is expected to reach about 70 percent by the year 2020. In the Middle East, UAE leads the way in undertaking a number of sustainable lighting initiatives. Against this backdrop, the Middle East Smart Lighting and Energy Summit will be held on 26-27 September 2016 at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers. Organized by global conference producers, Expotrade, the fifth edition of the summit will emphasize on the potential for saving energy, reduces maintenance and saving costs is significant by retrofitting to modern lighting technologies. The two-day summit will feature a series of speaker sessions, panel discussions and case study presentations that will highlight topics pertaining to Abu Dhabi City Municipality’s sustainable lighting strategy, energy-efficient lighting solutions creating smart living spaces, technologies and real projects of open smart streetlight solutions, LED’s as the preferred choice for large scale projects, IoT combining with lighting for digital lighting era, natural light architecture, light pollution and the impact of street light on natural environment, building future cities of UAE with best quality of street lighting and the use of solar power in lighting. Offering diverse perspectives on the lighting industry and the developments driving this change are renowned international and regional experts Martin Valentine, Abu Dhabi City Municipality; Stephane Le Gentil, Etihad ESCO; Paul Nulty of Nulty Lighting; Lee Barker-Field, AECOM; Paul Miles of LightTouch PLD; Dr. Simon Hugh Miller, Abu Dhabi Quality & Conformity Council and Gerald Strickland, Middle East Lighting Association (MELA), to name a few. They will emphasize upon different energy-saving models and the developments in the lighting industry in the Middle East region. In the United Arab Emirates, the Abu Dhabi government has taken substantial measures in moving from conventional lighting systems to the installation of energy-efficient LED street lights across its city. UAE’s street light conversion programs emphasizing on the adoption of new age lighting solutions have gained global recognition. With the shift to innovative lighting solutions, Abu Dhabi has led the way in implementing energy conserving initiatives. This move is expected to save nearly Dh3 billion over the next two decades. To know more about the 5th Annual Middle East Smart Lighting and Energy Summit, please log on to http://www.lightingsummit.com/. Follow the Summit on social media with the hashtag #MESLES2016. About Expotrade  Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia and a regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events. For almost 15 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronized in the calendar. For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com Stockland partners with the National Theatre for Children to educate students to treasure natural resources 2016-07-18T12:48:08Z stockland-partners-with-the-national-theatre-for-children-to-educate-students-to-treasure-natural-resources This winter over 11,000 students across Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth will enjoy live theatre designed to make a difference. Stockland has partnered with The National Theatre for Children to create The Treasure Trove of Conservation Cove: A Pirate’s Tale, an educational play about natural resource conservation. The Treasure Trove of Conservation Cove uses colourful characters such as Captain Doorknob, Cece Starfish, and Merv Maid to teach students what natural resources are, how we use natural resources, how those resources are sometimes wasted and what each student can do to use them more wisely. The Australian tour is performed by professional actors and supplemented by student workbooks filled with activities and educational games, teacher guides to be used in the classroom and interactive digital learning materials that reinforce the educational points of energy conservation, all of which is brought to each school completely free of charge. The thorough nature of the multiplatform program is the result of time-tested experience. Tobias Benn, the Managing Director of NTC Australia explains. “We’ve been operating in the USA for over 35 years and our Australian team has 15 years of local experience educating millions of students,” he says. “A huge part of our success is the fact that once the students get fired up about the topic—in this case, energy efficiency and conservation—they can’t wait to get home and share what they learned. It’s a way for our sponsors to spread these important messages into the greater community. We get to help kids to help the world, and that’s very rewarding.” Penny Courtie, Stockland Sustainability Manager,  said: “Stockland is proud to be a world leader for sustainability in real estate and this goes hand-in-hand with the highest standards of environmental preservation, protection, rehabilitation and stewardship within our communities and across our portfolio. We strongly believe that we have an important role to play in helping to educate the next generation, who we know care deeply and have a strong interest in preserving and protecting our environment for the future. We are very pleased to partner with the National Theatre for Children in their presentation and tour of this fun and educational play.” The Treasure Trove of Conservation Cove will launch its national tour in Melbourne during the week starting Monday 25th July. About Stockland Stockland (ASX: SGP) was founded in 1952 and has grown to become Australia’s largest diversified property group – owning, developing and managing a large portfolio of shopping centres, residential communities, retirement living villages, office and industrial assets. Stockland was recognised by the S&P Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) with a Gold Class Award for 2014-15, which recognises companies that score within 1 per cent of the Global Real Estate Industry Group Leader. Stockland was also named one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in 2014, for the fifth consecutive year. www.stockland.com.au    About NTC In 1978, NTC dedicated itself to delivering entertaining and highly educational programs to positively motivate families, students and educators.  We inspire young people – and their families – to explore important and timely curricular subjects including: wise energy use, science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), financial literacy, health and nutrition and environmental literacy, among others.  Originally focused on delivering its programs via live theatre, NTC is now an award-winning educational content provider whose repertoire includes print and digital curriculum and extracurricular events.  We have developed the art of teaching through educational story-telling into a science of its own, and are currently the largest in-school touring educational production company in the world.  www.ntccorporate.com.au LG Chem introduces new home storage series with 48V and 400V models 2016-07-18T00:13:04Z lg-chem-introduces-new-home-storage-series-with-48v-and-400v-models-1 – LG Chem, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of lithium-ion batteries, has announced the launch of its next generation residential battery storage system. The system has been completely redesigned both internally and externally leaving a newly developed battery cell as the centrepiece.   LG Chem now offers low-voltage variants (48V) and for the first time high-voltage variations (400V) in order to meet energy requirements of photovoltaic systems users in Australia and New Zealand. Available from the third quarter of 2016, the new RESU models come with the capacities to generate from 3.3 to 9.8 kilowatt hours (kWh) in the low-voltage and 7 to 9.8 kWh in the high-voltage variation. With a battery from the RESU series, users can save on energy costs by utilising solar generated power in the evenings.   “We are delighted to launch the new RESU series in the ANZ market,” said Changhwan Choi Manager for Australian Business Development. “There is a massive sustainability potential that is yet to be unlocked if Australia wants to be 100 percent powered by renewable energy. With the end of feed-in-tariffs at our doorstep our new RESU series range offers an efficient system to meet every need.”  Flexible energy storage   The new storage series includes two high-voltage battery systems, RESU7H and RESU10H, along with  three low-voltage battery systems such as the RESU3.3, RESU6.5 and RESU10. The new high-voltage models provide a variety of inverters that consumers can select in order to convert solar DC into usable AC. The move into high-voltage systems is driven by the trend of developing new inverters in high-voltage area across LG Chem’s partners. Customers now have the advantage of being offered new high-voltage battery systems, which enables numerous additional combinations of home storage and inverter, with which they can leverage the full potential of their photovoltaic system.   “The modular design of the new RESU models brings heightened flexibility” said Choi. “If a user chooses to expand its photovoltaic system, the capacity of the storage system can also be adjusted accordingly”.   "For the first time, the new RESU series covers a complete range of inverter concepts in the market,” said Choi. “Whether high or low-voltage, single or three phase, the new product line-up opens up the possibilities to create an optimised system for each users’ individual energy consumption needs.   With the expansion kit RESU Plus, it is possible to combine two RESUs within the low-voltage class together. The range of capacity thus moves in the low-voltage range from 3.3 to 19.6 kWh. All models are available in silver and champagne gold.  State of the art due to unique production method   With small dimensions and a low weight, the RESU 6.4 EX model has the highest energy density currently available on the ESS market. LG Chem has increased the compactness once more through its new residential storage products. The model RESU 6.5, for example, falls four centimetres flatter than the comparable RESU 6.4 EX and weighs in at eight kilograms less than the current device. The new design is made possible by a newly developed battery cell that is being produced with Lamination and Stacking process. Currently, only LG Chem is able to apply this method of manufacturing in mass production. With this production method, the new battery cell can be produced with lower costs compared to the previous one which affects the end-price for the customers.   Also new is the IP55-certified, waterproof casing, making the models suitable to be installed and configured outside the house, for those who don’t have the extra room for the storage system.   The launch of the new RESU series in the Australian market comes after strong momentum in Germany where the LG Chem RESU series won the ESS award 2016 at Intersolar Europe, the world’s leading exhibition for the solar industry, for its innovation and design.    More information about LG Chem and its new RESU series can be found at: http://www.lgesspartner.com/au and http://www.lgchem.com  About LG Chem   LG Chem, Ltd. is Korea’s largest diversified chemical company which operates three main business units: Petrochemicals, IT & Electronic Materials and Energy Solution. The chemical business manufactures a wide range of products, from petrochemical goods to high-value added plastics. It also extends its chemical expertise into high-tech areas such as electronic materials and rechargeable batteries field. Based on the many years of experience in the development and production of batteries, LG Chem is one of the world's leaders in energy storage systems. As such, the company is a primary supplier for the mobile and automotive industry around the world. Entering the business of ESS in 2010, LG Chem has constantly developed and supplied innovative solutions for the ESS market segments such as Grid, Residential and UPS. Throughout multiple production facilities and an extensive distribution network globally, LG Chem has become a global leading company.  Timber Decking Increases in Popularity Among Brisbane Homeowners 2016-07-15T06:48:57Z timber-decking-increases-in-popularity-among-brisbane-homeowners Brisbane, QLD, 15 July 2016 - Timber decking has always been popular in Brisbane but timber suppliers in the area believe it is becoming even more so. A drive down pretty much any residential neighbourhood will reveal a plethora of timber decks of various sizes, shapes and designs. A recent blog post by Jack Kyle, Owner of Narangba Timbers, timber suppliers in the Brisbane area since 1972, took a look at the reasons for the popularity of timber decking in Brisbane.Natural BeautyTimber is the most natural of all building materials. The natural grain of a popular decking hardwood such as merbau is a perfect way to integrate nature into a home. The grain can be enhanced by a totally natural finish such as deck oil or a light stain that still allows the grain to be visually dominant.Timber decks are not only valued for their aesthetic by homeowners, they are also a fixture at golf courses, restaurants and snack or souvenir shops at beaches or parks.  Low MaintenanceTimber decks require very little maintenance. When built with a hardwood such as merbau and sealed with a good stain or deck oil, timber decks are naturally resistant to water, pests and bacterial or fungal “rot.” The only real maintenance that a timber deck usually requires is to be kept free of debris, especially organic debris such as food. It is also wise to sweep or squeegee the water off of a timber deck after a shower. Adherence to this minimal maintenance can help a timber deck last for more than 30 years.Why Timber Decking?Timber is a natural insulator that doesn’t absorb heat like concrete or other building materials do. At home, people can walk barefoot on a timber deck in the summer and not burn their feet. Timber decks make great places to relax outdoors and get some fresh air. They increase the value of a property for resale because they turn unused space into living area.Alfresco Living AreaTimber decks can make a great natural alfresco living area. They can be built with a roof and even screens and windows. The structural demands for a timber deck are a lot less than the structural demands for adding an area of the same approximate space onto one’s home. Because timber decks are strong and low-maintenance, they are appropriate for alfresco furniture, BBQ and even other fixtures such as flatscreen TV’s and outdoor kitchen equipment.According to Mr Kyle: “The timber deck may be the most popular of all large DIY projects. When the deck is finished, it makes a great place to relax or to entertain friends. It helps us enjoy some fresh air and relax, by ourselves or with friends. I don’t think any DIY project provides such great immediate pleasure as a timber deck does.”Narangba Timbers are timber suppliers in Brisbane. They provide a wide variety of timber species for uses such as timber decking, timber fencing, timber flooring, home projects and general construction use. They are a third generation family business that has been serving the Brisbane area since 1972. To learn more or to speak to customer service, call (07) 3888 1293 or visit their website: http://www.narangbatimbers.com.au/.