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Guide to low carbon households

Occupants, or householders, may be owners or renters and there may be multiple householders within one dwelling. This document recognises the needs and capacities of these different householder groups and, where appropriate, also addresses the needs of households in different climate zones.


Guide to low carbon residential retrofit

The document builds on key research conducted nationally by individuals and organisations, including the Australian Government’s Department of Environment and Energy and local universities, working in the areas of low carbon retrofit options, housing typology and climate.


Guide to low carbon residential new build

This document offers practical advice to developers and owner builders on how to achieve these objectives through the conception and realisation of a new home.



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13 Sep 2019

This edition contains data to 2017–18 for Australian energy consumption, production and trade, and calendar year 2018 for electricity generation.

03 Sep 2019

Australia’s commitment to the Paris Agreement means cutting carbon emissions to near zero over the next 30 years. This must be done at the lowest cost, while ensuring energy supplies remain reliable. This policy paper argues that Australia needs new foundations to underpin its energy policy reform agenda.

Working paper
03 Sep 2019

Governments across Australia are facing increasing pressure to deliver fit for purpose infrastructure on time and on budget. This report demonstrates a consensus amongst clients, consultants and contractors in Australia that innovation in infrastructure design and delivery is possible.

23 Aug 2019

The Precinct Carbon Assessment (PCA) Tool was developed at the University of South Australia as part of the Integrated Carbon Metrics Project (RP2007).

Technical report


Do green-rated office buildings save operational energy?

 A review of empirical evidence for the energy efficiency of new green-rated office buildings. 

Digital services and communication platforms for residential energy customer engagement

What role do future energy management systems play? This review takes a look at what the literature says.


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Precinct Carbon Assessment tool

Enables the exploration of different low carbon scenarios at precinct scale.

 Urban Heat Index tool

Support urban heat island mitigation decision-making


Go to Low Carbon Tools for details and more tools.



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