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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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01 Oct 2019

The guide is a planning resource for small to mediumsized companies involved in the buildings sector value chain. This includes building materials suppliers, trades and contractors; transport companies and architects, engineers and other design firms. The guide is intendedfor building sector industry practitioners and other endusers of building sector products and services, such as planners, sustainability...

27 Sep 2019

This Guide to Implementing Low Carbon Retrofits for Social Housing is intended as a simple to use reference for social housing asset managers and others involved in social housing upgrades. The guide presents a concise summary of effective energy efficiency optionsfor social housing properties, including: 

  • Advice on priority upgrades
  • Important things to consider when
  • ...
17 Sep 2019

A rapid systematic review of international academic literature suggests that home buyers typically value a more energy efficient home, and when presented with easily accessible information in the form of an energy performance rating, are willing to pay more to live in one.

Systematic review
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


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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