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
12 Nov 2017

Australian cities need to reduce their emissions to avoid catastrophic climate change, potentially profoundly impacting our future lifestyles.

It’s 2040. As you wake and look outside, things might not look hugely different to 2017 – there aren’t any hoverboards or sky highways – but Australian cities have managed to cut their...

In order to better target government climate change policies to influence citizens, it is critical that we have a good understanding of current community attitudes to climate change. In late 2016, Sustainability Victoria undertook one of the most comprehensive surveys of...Read more
22 Sep 2017

The majority of Victorians are optimistic about making a positive difference on climate change and are willing to play their part.

This is evidenced in the Victorians’ Perceptions of Climate Change report – which provides the most comprehensive picture yet of climate change related attitudes, beliefs, expectations and behaviours held...

06 Aug 2017

Some polished ideas emerge from a competition in the best creative display for a NABERS rating. For example, the Ausnviro gang offered the concept of the NABERS tree – a hologram of a living organism that is a part of the workplace and reflects its efficiency.

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The project will connect the wealth of evidence that exists for high-performance buildings with decision and policy makers. In order to create better buildings, this project will examine ways to...

08 Sep 2017

Recent research has demonstrated that low-emission houses often underperform, consuming more energy than predicted by their designs. Life cycle assessments (LCA) have been employed to complement mandatory energy assessments, as they offer a more comprehensive evaluation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over the building lifespan. This research monitored ten energy...

Journal article
29 Oct 2017

Residential housing is a major contributor of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions with most emissions being generated during the operation of buildings. The housing sector is considered by many as presenting the most cost effective opportunities to reduce GHG emissions and the use of assessment tools and frameworks can assist in the guidance of design, implimentation and operation...

23 May 2017

A high performance building is designed and operated to minimise environmental impact whilst providing an indoor environment that maximises occupant health and comfort. The wealth of academic research into technical and non-technical solutions for high performance building continues to grow. However, industry utilisation of academic research is limited and inconsistent...

Journal article
18 Apr 2013

Many Australians are happy to declare their interest in sustainability, to reducing their environmental impact. But how many of them are prepared to reduce the amount they actually consume?This article looks at the Australian households and an identified “attitude-action gap” on environment and consumption. This gap between intentions and action is a...