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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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20 Aug 2019

Due to the fragility of forest ecosystems, developing forest recreational resources must consider sustainable ecological, economic, and social development, and reduce impacts from recreational activities. Diverse forests with different biodiversity could promote forest ecosystem services and resistance to the pressure of tourism development.

Journal article
13 Aug 2019

This paper focuses on what a 'just transition' is, what the opportunities and challenges are for business, trade unions, government and communities and how collectively, we can govern and finance the transition to a resilient, low carbon economy.

Discussion paper
12 Aug 2019

This guide provides methods for retrofitting commercial buildings to improve performance while reducing energy and carbon use.

02 Aug 2019

The overall finding is an essential message for New Zealand – the transition to a low emissions economy is achievable, but will be challenging. Effort is required across many areas. Stable and credible climate policy is essential for long-term change.

02 Aug 2019

This research finds that shared e-scooters may be more environmentally friendly than most cars, but they can be less green than several other options, including bicycles, walking, and certain modes of public transportation.

Journal article
02 Aug 2019

This book is about helping cities and towns around the world unleash their true potentials for the pursuit of resource efficiency, sustainable growth, social inclusion, investments transparency and accountability, decision-making and smart innovation.



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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