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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

22 Jun 2018

This discussion paper is to inform a new City of Melbourne Transport Strategy to 2050. A draft strategy will be released for consultation in 2018. We are seeking your views on these issues and ideas.

Briefing paper
19 Jun 2018

Whilst there is an extensive body of research on the social and environmental concerns associated with private car usage and the role of the built environment and urban form in sustainable travel, there is limited focus on children’s active contribution to these trends, both as part of the problem with their carbon intensive travel patterns and as part of the solution with their capacity to be

Journal article
18 Jun 2018

In the global push to lowering our carbon emissions by transitioning to renewable energy production and improving energy efficiency epitomised in the Paris Agreement in 2015, the importance of housing tenure to the adoption of low carbon living, particularly for those on lower incomes, is often not fully appreciated.

Conference paper
13 Jun 2018

To bring the cement sector in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change, its annual emissions will need to fall by at least 16 per cent by 2030.1 Steeper reductions will be required if assumptions about the contribution from carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies prove to be optimistic.

Report
06 Jun 2018

Behavioral psychologist Ingrid Gehl influenced much of the thinking of her husband, the celebrated urbanist Jan Gehl. Imagine if all designers were married to behavioral scientists–or even if they just talked with each other.
Read the full story at Co.Design

Article
01 Jun 2018

It is increasingly recognised that the risks associated with climate change must be addressed through both mitigation and adaptation. Buildings are vulnerable to climate change risk and are also the source of a significant proportion of greenhouse gas emissions which contribute to climate change.

Journal article

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Projects

Start Date
2015
The Integrated Carbon Metrics project quantifies the carbon emissions for the various processes in our urban environment. This includes both the direct as well as the indirect or 'hidden' carbon...
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...

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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...