06 Jun 2019

This book focuses on the challenge that Australia faces in transitioning to renewable energy and regenerating its cities via a transformation of its built environment. Both are necessary conditions for low carbon living in the 21st century.

Book
23 Jun 2019

Energy consumption in the building sector is significant as people are spending a considerable amount of time indoors. The share of the residential sector’s energy consumption is around 11% of the total energy consumed in Australia to fulfil household energy requirements. The largest share of that energy consumption is used to maintain indoor thermal comfort.

Report
28 May 2019

This report provides an overview of the main technological pathways to fundamentally transform the cooking sector in developing countries to sustainable sources.

Report
11 Jun 2019

The research examined the role of energy efficiency initiatives on overall residential property value and explored the ability of residential valuation professionals to incorporate energy efficiency into the valuation process, focusing on their use of currently available tools.

Report
09 May 2019

This report covers the activities of utilisation project “Energy efficient swimming pools – engagement and utilization”. This involved project partners: School of PV and RE Engineering, UNSW, Simply Better Pool Savings, and Randwick Council.

Report
13 May 2019

This guide offers practical advice to homeowners, builders and designers embarking on a retrofit of an existing home. It focuses on relatively simple adaptations to improve a home’s comfort, while reducing energy bills and carbon emissions.

Guide
13 May 2019

This guide aims to help the occupants of a home reduce the amount of energy they use and, in doing so, help curb carbon emissions and save on utility bills.

Guide
23 May 2017

This paper presents preliminary findings of a recent research project on the barriers that lower-income households in four Australian cities – Sydney, Adelaide, Hobart, and Darwin – face in reducing their carbon consumption, and the impact of programs implemented by federal and state governments and support organisations to assist such reductions.

Journal article
21 Feb 2017

Houses designed to be energy and water efficient often do not perform as intended. One of the reasons for this is occupant behaviour. Rebound effects and lack of awareness mean that behaviour and practices need to be addressed as part of the strategies to reduce emissions in the residential sector.

Report
04 Dec 2018

This report compares the other countries' electricity prices to the prices paid by households in Australia’s contestable retail markets. And it develops an econometric analysis of the South Australian data to identify how South Australia’s prices have been affected by renewables and coal generation closure.

Report
23 May 2017

Sustainability assessment tools aim to promote high sustainability outcomes in residential buildings, ensuring less consumption of water, energy and less emission of greenhouse gases. However, existing literature often presents variations between the estimated outcomes from the assessment tools and actual outcomes after building occupation.

Journal article
06 Dec 2018

Australia leads the world with rapid small-scale adoption of solar photovoltaic (PV) encouraged by feed-in-tariffs (FiTs) and rebates. The common business model for small-scale solar PV is designed around individual installation ownership requiring an upfront capital cost from the dwelling owner and rooftop capacity. These conditions are prohibitive for low-income households and renters.

Conference paper