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The Build & Renovating Expo is pleased to announce Sustainability Victoria as an exhibitor in 2014, where Sustainability Victoria’s team of experts will unveil the brand new Smarter Renovations program.

In what is also a huge coup for the expo, Sustainability Victoria will be exclusively launching its new Smarter Renovations Planner – an online tool that calculates accurate and real time cost savings that can be achieved by making energy efficiency improvements to your home.

Visitors to the Smarter Renovations stand will be the first to test out the new tool, which will provide you with personalised advice once you’ve selected the type of property you are renovating and your planned renovations.

Smarter Renovations Project Lead, Sarah Fiess, will be one of several sustainability experts at the Smarter Renovations stand during the Build Expo. As a registered architect, Ms Fiess specialises in helping people construct sustainable and energy efficient renovations.

Ms Fiess said a core feature of Sustainability Victoria’s Smarter Renovations program is to highlight the benefits of energy efficiency in terms of adding value and comfort.

“A lot of people underestimate the importance of energy saving when renovating. A home renovation presents one of the best opportunities to improve comfort, save money and add value to a home,” Ms Fiess said.

Ms Fiess said the program is also designed to help home renovators avoid “renovation regret”.

“Renovation regret occurs after the renovation has been completed when renovators get hit with higher energy bills and uncomfortable temperatures – hot in summer and cold in winter,” Ms Fiess said.

Ms Fiess said she hopes home renovators will bring their plans to the expo to have a chat and find out practical and relevant information on how to make energy efficiency improvements through their own renovation.

Ms Fiess will also be taking part in the Build & Renovating Expo seminar program where on the Saturday she will be joined by an impressive panel of experts to discuss the opportunities to incorporate energy efficiency improvements in your home renovation, while adding value, comfort and style. Joining Ms Fiess for the discussion will be architect and sustainable design consultant, Natasha Palich; Green Magazine editor, Tamsin O’Neill; and interior designer, Caroline Touzeau.

For those unable to attend the Saturday panel discussion, Sustainability Victoria will be live tweeting highlights from the discussion via @sustainvic.

In the lead up to this year’s Build & Renovating Expo, you can discover more information on how to make your renovation a ‘Smarter Renovation’ by heading to

For more information + to view the Build Expo seminar line-up, visit