Posted on: November 29,2013
The Melbourne Urban Forest Accord Group driven by Melbourne City Council and Arboriculture Australia™ commenced work on researching and changing the algorithms and pollution data for i-Tree ECO to make a total Victoria version which would then be expanded out to each state of Australia.
This software was originally developed by the United Stated of America Forestry Service. This is a free software program for everyone to use. Through consultation with the USF, they agreed to allow the algorithms to be amended to include Australia.
Be certain your air conditioning filter.A clogged up filter causes your air conditioner to work inefficiently and consume more energy. It can also result in the unit running longer than it really needs to. Change your filter on a regular basis; monthly to avoid buildup.
Initially the following 3 organisations contributed to start the pilot program.
Recycle shoe boxes and turn them into storage.Use scraps of attractive fabric or wallpaper on the shoe boxes to give them a modern design. You can increase your storage and decor by doing so.
view The Melbourne Urban Forest Accord Group $70,000.00
Lampshades with no life to the room.You can use a few stencils and a little paint to liven them using stencils. This livens up the room without having to buy new lamp shade.
view Arboriculture Australia $10,000.00
It is important to develop a plan beforehand for any project. If you wait until the project begins to make decisions, you can run into a disaster because you did not plan.
view ENSPEC Pty Ltd $70,000.00
Use old baby food glass jars for organizing your office. You can use screws or super glue to attach these jars underneath a wall shelf. You can use these jars to store different items in the jars. This is a good way to use your shelf and efficiency.
From the work completed to start the program by the above partners, it now costs $35,000.00, plus some in-kind work for each additional state and territory of Australia to be brought into the program.
There are lots of various dangers to keep an eye out for when taking on a home improvement project. Do not purchase drywall that was manufactured in China. A lot of it is exposed to unacceptable quality control that American made drywall does.
Since the initial pilot program started, Sydney City Council also entered into the project and provided their support and funding of $35,000.00 to have the State of New South Wales and algorithms and pollution data setup.
You should focus on repairing small things around your home improvement repair projects first. The different systems of your house are closely connected and damage can spread with shocking speed. A problem can grow very big in the blink of an eye.
ENSPEC further donated their time to bring the ACT into the program, due to ACT being such a small area this equated to a further $10,000.00 of value.
You can significantly improve the look and feel by giving it a new glaze.A new glaze can make your fixtures look shiny and new. While new floors can be expensive, bathrooms could be glazed for a much cheaper price. This can make the worth of your house inexpensively.
To date, Victoria, NSW and the ACT are fully operational under the i-Tree ECO program which allows a method to measure the Urban Tree populations Carbon Sequestration rates, Heat island and monetary value of the population.
If you have purchased a home located next to wooded or undeveloped land, think about installing a tall fence around your backyard space.
Recently the working group was expanded and Arboriculture Australia™ has taken over as custodian of the program on behalf of the working group.
You can draw attention to the beauty of your lawn and paths with exterior accent lighting in a downward facing orientation. Place them in a tall tree so you can reproduce natural lighting like moonlight or dappled sunlight. You can also use this magnificent lighting effect to highlight lawn furniture or a gazebo.
Additional players have been brought into the working group including representation from Nursery Growers Industry Association, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, Lend lease and Brisbane City Council (QLD), Darwin City Council (NT), Paramatta City Council (NSW), Melbourne City Council (Vic), Campbelltown City Council (SA) and MUFAG.
Prior to starting an interior painting project, be sure and run a damp cloth on all walls and baseboards to get rid of dirt, dirt and oils that may be sitting on your walls.
Since the working group commenced the Nursery Growers Industry Association (NGIA) made a generous contribution of $90,000.00 to the program to assist with the completion of more algorithm and pollution data work on the i-Tree ECO program.
Small projects like painting or deal with simple aesthetics can be completed once you have moved into the home.
Where to in the future
When you are working on the outside of the house, you could save money by adding motion detecting lights.
The working group is progressing along and is meeting early in the new year. At this meeting a educational programme for the roll out to Australia will be prepared. It is planned to run training workshops in each state and territory in late May 2012.
Be certain that your room isn’t too crowded by furniture. Too much furniture shrinks a space appear smaller and cluttered. Even though the furniture is part of your lifestyle, potential buyers like to see a lot of open living space.Less furniture makes the impression of a bigger room.
In the coming weeks, the working group will be posting the required attributes listing for data collection, the i-tree ECO Australia species list and species coding along with some other helpful information.
Safety is key when you are considering any home project. These precautions will help protect both you nor your home are harmed.
If you are a not for profit or a company and are able to contribute to the i-tree Australia programme both financially and in time and become more involved within the working group or just like to make a donation to i-tree ECO Australia to assist with the future continuous development please contact Arboriculture Australia™ administration office.