Grace Foo, M.AIRAH
Planning for carbon neutral in existing buildings
Foo will explore the role of plant optimisation, onsite generation, life-cycle upgrades, and energy- procurement activities in achieving carbon-neutral status for a mixed-use building in Melbourne. The consideration to projected changes in the carbon intensity of the electricity and gas grid across 15 years is particularly important for this site because it uses trigeneration as a means of outperforming the carbon-intensive Victorian electricity grid. The study found that it is possible to halve site energy consumption and the cost of purchasing accredited carbon credit units to offset residual carbon emissions through a combination of cost-effective intervention measures.
Foo has managed and delivered successful energy-efficiency projects for the past decade, where investment performance can be measured and proven. She is a key contributor to government policy work such as the 2019 National Construction Code Section J revision; expansion of the NABERS program to other sectors; effectiveness reviews of an HVAC rating tool and government grants program; and how commercial buildings can remain resilient in a changing climate.
A Carbon Neutral Accredited Assessor, Foo is also a CMVP, CEEL, and NABERS auditor, supervisor, trainer and Independent Design Review panel member. She is also a Principal Consultant at DeltaQ.