01 Sep 2018

With urban infrastructure in urgent need of revitalization, it’s time for new thinking about how the civic realm can better serve public needs and meet environmental goals. Chinatown Green Street, in downtown Washington, D.C., is a unique demonstration project that on one city block combines advanced “green,” “complete,” and “smart” street concepts.

Case study
01 Mar 2018

Modularity is a strategy recognized by the academia and the industry, and modular architecture is argued to play an important role in the development of sustainable products. The objective of this article is to explore the intersection between modularity and sustainable design from the perspective of the product life cycle.

Journal article
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...
16 Jan 2018

This report compares the fuel efficiency of 20 airlines operating nonstop flights between the mainland United States and East Asia and Oceania. It extends the previous transatlantic fuel efficiency methodology to the transpacific market.
Highlights

Report
31 May 2016

This study evaluates the technological, economic, environmental, regulatory and social feasibility of adopting algae building technology in Sydney NSW Australia as a source of renewable energy. Interview with 23 stakeholders in the built environment illustrate the drivers and challenges associated with such technology.

Report
20 Sep 2016

As the world's natural resources dwindle and critical levels of environmental pollution are approached, sustainability becomes a key issue for governments, organisations and individuals.

Journal article
27 Oct 2017

Queensland is set to implement a new building plan that will bring massive changes to many elements of the construction industry.

Strategy
22 Nov 2016

The share of prefabricated modular residential buildings in the Australian construction market is growing mainly because they are quicker to erect on-site than traditional construction, and often cheaper; but how about their carbon footprint and more particularly their thermal performance?

Conference paper
11 Oct 2017

This report offers a guideline for designers and practitioners for replacing some of the traditional architectural products with equivalents made with organic waste as a resource. It also explores the extent that cities and urban districts could become self-sustaining.

Research report
17 Oct 2017

This discussion paper seeks input from all Victorians on design of a ban of single-use, lightweight plastic shopping bags. It also seeks input on managing other plastic pollution.

Discussion paper
15 Feb 2017

The benefits associated with manufacturing buildings are extensive across all three elements of sustainability, namely: Economic (reduced construction time, cost of finance, and materials use); Social (improved work place conditions and OH&S); and Environmental (waste reduction). This research focuses on providing an approach to identify opportunities to increase the creation of value in the bui

Report
05 Jun 2017

New research shows that 90 megatonnes of greenhouse gas emissions are emitted annually in constructing new buildings and infrastructure and maintaining the existing ones. Reducing this liability of “embodied” emissions will be much harder than building zero-carbon buildings. Here is why.

Article