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Assisting you to make better policy and practice decisions in the built environment, BuiltBetter helps you search for resources, insights, projects and networks, discover the people and organisations, who provide the knowledge, explore by subject, application, scale or system. BuiltBetter is new and exciting and will continue to grow and develop. Find out more…

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Guides

 

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.

 

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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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Insights

The systematic review process in research ensures that all applicable research is considered. These studies demonstrate a rapid review method which enables a quicker answer to some of government's immediate pressing questions.Read more
In response to feedback, high-income households can reduce their energy use to a larger degree than low-income households (17% vs 3% reduction). This and other insights were gained by two rapid reviews into research, both Australian and International, on digital services and...Read more
A rapid review on green-rated office buildings, and their operational energy use, found that the conclusions of six studies ranged from the certified buildings performing worse, similarly or much better than the non-certified buildings in terms of energy usage intensity. Two...Read more
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

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Resources

20 Jun 2019

This guide is an introduction that offers practical insights for homeowners, builders and designers to illustrate what low carbon landscapes are, how they function and the benefits they provide.

Guide
05 Jun 2019

This document outlines a bold new strategy for a greener, more liveable Melbourne. It presents a vision of international significance in its massive scale, its outstanding collaboration, and its use of new and innovative mapping technology.

Strategy
05 Jun 2019

This document is a resource for anyone planning or assessing new low carbon precincts. Its advice complements existing policy and may be of use to developers, planners, policy makers and the community—anyone who is seeking to understand how to create sustainable urban outcomes.

Guide
03 Jun 2019

This final report supports the completion of the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living (CRC LCL) Research Project (RP) 3015: Increasing knowledge and motivating collaborative action on Low Carbon Living through team-based and game-based mobile learning (2014-2018).

Report
03 Jun 2019

Precinct Information Modelling (PIM) describes the process of creating a virtual 3D model at precinct scale, defined as a special region in built environment. PIM contains all the information pertinent the given precinct held in different data type and supports the process of management and analysis.

Technical report
29 May 2019

Most energy efficiency programs target only one fuel, usually electricity or natural gas. While they achieve savings, they sometimes miss opportunities by failing to address other fuels. Dual-fuel programs, on the other hand, have the potential to save more energy, reduce program costs, and improve customer satisfaction.

Briefing paper

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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...