01 Oct 2018

The business case for High Performance Buildings (HPBs) traditionally cites energy savings and increased asset value as the most appealing incentives. But another – and arguably greater – form of enhanced value creation that comes through HPBs is rarely discussed: HPBs benefit the people who occupy them, which in turn produces significant positive impacts on a company’s bottom line.

Report
15 Nov 2014

The electricity market in Australia is undergoing an unprecedented transformation. The traditional model of one-way flows from large remote generators to consumers is changing. The past decade has seen a doubling of electricity prices. A million small customers now have solar PV.

Briefing paper
26 Sep 2018

In addition to their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), the Paris Agreement invited countries to submit long term low GHG emissions development strategies (LT-LEDS) by 2020. These strategies will provide countries with the opportunity to address three pressing and interrelated policy areas; ambitious GHG mitigation, adaptation and climate resilient development.

Guide
15 Jan 2011

The Urban Design Protocol is founded on five pillars: productivity, sustainability, liveability, leadership and design excellence. 

Policy report
15 Jun 2018

The construction industry contributes around 18% of greenhouse gas emissions, 40% of depletion of natural resources, and 25% of wastes globally. To reduce these impacts, construction industries can adopt low-carbon alternatives for construction materials and waste minimisation strategies, including the recycling of construction and demolition waste.

Journal article
02 Apr 2018

There is growing concern about the effect that buildings are having on the environment. Mitigation strategies tend to focus on one life cycle stage, usually the operational stage, leaving the other life cycle stages, such as manufacturing and construction, largely ignored.

Thesis
13 Sep 2018

This guide is intended to help all Australian property owners cut their energy costs and reduce their emissions, looking at a broad range of technologies — from solar PV and batteries to heat pumps, off-site renewables and demand management systems — and indicating which are best suited to different property types.

Guide
01 Jun 2018

Unprecedented levels of urbanisation coupled with revolutions in transport, energy, and data technology offer new opportunities to reshape cities. Cities of the future need to be planned strategically to support environmental and social well-being as well as economic productivity. To do so, cities must encourage compact and connected urban growth.

Working paper
25 Sep 2018

The international community has increasingly recognised the need for such transformative action, not only through international agreements (such as the Paris Agreement), but also through forums such as the G7 and G20. However, going beyond an incremental approach to climate policy development and thinking 'outside the climate box' remains a challenge.

Report
13 Jul 2018

Recent scholarly attention shows that grassroots civil society low-carbon energy initiatives increasingly become part of the subnational climate change governance landscape.

Journal article
03 Sep 2014

The combined challenges of climate change, finite resources, population growth and aging infrastructure demand a shift toward more resource-efficient, low-carbon sustainable cities. This may be achieved through new forms of eco-infrastructure delivered at the district scale.

Conference paper
21 Sep 2018

Urban stakeholders have a key role as end-users in the transition to a renewable and more resilient energy system. The Melbourne Renewable Energy Project (MREP) is an innovative procurement model through which urban stakeholders across sectors are procuring renewable electricity in collaboration.

Research report