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Insights

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Research identifies that home design needs to considers both energy efficiency and heat stress resistance. Currently, NatHERS only focuses on energy efficiency. If the building codes are not modified, then house designs which only focus on NatHERS could adversely impact people's...Read more
Transportation planners are often looking for efficiency in transportation but this article in Science Advances has also identified that resilience is an important city design feature. Planning for when disruptions occur can help to avoid city gridlock.Read more
Research showed that one-quarter of Sydney respondents were open to consolidating property for sale with neighbours. However, consolidated lot sales are not part of the business model of most real estate agencies, local government, or property developers. It’s an area where the...Read more
Australia's Chief Scientist Alan Finkel points out, in this interview, the need for Australia to develop better storage systems and reflects on the recent report from ACOLA. California Energy Commissioner Andrew McAllister, also warns Australia to pursue demand side...Read more
When South Eastern Australia was in severe drought at the beginning of the century, a whole array of efforts went into addressing the water shortage. Councils introduced, and then increased, water restrictions. Government handed out low-flow showerheads and shower timers,...Read more
As key influencers of value, the residential property marketing sector have often been a barrier to driving a new market in low carbon homes. Recognising the value proposition already at work in this target market and understanding the time-sensitive context of the “real estate...Read more

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Resources

17 Apr 2018

The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) is calling for submissions on how to change regulatory frameworks to help deliver long-term electricity reliability at least cost to consumers.

Discussion paper
13 Apr 2018

This discussion paper highlights the need for understanding the ultimate impact on electricity prices when making any changes to how transmission infrastructure is planned, built and operated. 

Discussion paper
12 Apr 2018

Desalination is an increasingly common method of improving water security in arid and semi-arid regions. According to the International Desalination Association, the 19,000 desalination plants that now operate globally each day produce 88.6 gigalitres of water. The water from those facilities supports 300 million people.

Research report
12 Apr 2018

A small environmental organization has taken on Germany’s powerful auto industry in court and has begun winning limited bans on heavily polluting diesel vehicles. Some analysts say this may be the beginning of the end for diesel automobiles in Germany and the European Union.

Article
Technical report
31 Mar 2018

Evidence-based decision making (EBDM) is a framework that has yielded huge benefits in fields ranging from medicine to social policy.

Research report

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Projects

Start Date
2016

Intensification of development that is required in established and occupied inner and middle suburban greyfield areas (retrofit) is the great challenge for our fast growing Australian cities. The scale of...

Start Date
2017

This project seeks to maximise the reduction of embodied carbon in the built environment by adapting the industry-standard practice of value engineering; a common practice where cost reduction and constructability...

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Networks

This network investigates innovative planning and governance strategies for creating more liveable, sustainable, equitable, healthy and productive cities. It uses innovative approaches and methods to identify, track and respond to...