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Insights

Are you an expert on a particular Built Environment topic? Do you think that a resource on our website contains an insight which should be shared with the Built Environment community? If so, please contact BuiltBetter's product manager, Michelle Zwagerman, mzwagerman@swin.edu.au.Read more
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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

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Resources

13 Dec 2018

KEY POINTS

  • The operation of buildings accounts for almost a quarter of Australia's carbon emissions and over half of electricity demand 
  • Improving the minimum standards for energy efficiency in new construction is a key opportunity to reduce these emissions and reduce energy costs
  • We are working with the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council and
  • ...
Fact sheet
11 Dec 2018

Urgent action is required to strengthen an international effort to limit global warming to 1.5°C. This strategy guides the next steps in reducing the largest sources of emissions in the City of Melbourne, in line with science-based targets and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Strategy
11 Dec 2018

Urban policymaking, plan-making and place-making in Australia could be about to get smarter, writes Peter Newton and Mark Burry.

Commentary
02 Dec 2018

It’s a cross between a bus and light rail, a new form of transport that promises greater flexibility  and a reduction in costs – it’s called the trackless tram.
Online bots are getting better at sounding human, because humans online are sounding more like bots. Media academic Charles Seife ponders the future of digital discourse.

Audio
27 Nov 2018

Cooling hot suburbs, low tech ways to save energy in pools and breakthroughs in wastewater treatments were highlights at the recent CRC for Low Carbon Living conference last week in Adelaide. Each pointed to the sound body of evidence underpinning good urban planning decision.

Article
26 Nov 2018

Improved energy performance of buildings presents a win-win-win opportunity, reducing stress on the electricity network, offering bill savings, supporting a least-cost pathway to a zero carbon built environment, and improving health and resilience outcomes for households and businesses.

Report

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Projects

Start Date
2018
TULIP is a smart city project delivery and research program lead by the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). We are working at the front line of the emerging smart city...
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...

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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...