01 Mar 2018

A major barrier to the adoption of Geopolymer concrete in construction is the lack of long-term performance data. Field testing has been undertaken to determine the behaviour of geopolymers in different service environments and address the gaps in knowledge.

Report
29 Jun 2018

The conventional methods for controlling urban-flooding are to build raceway networks to transfer flood water away as quickly as possible. However, due to fast increase of urban population, the conventional methods are facing some problems especially when rainfall intensity is higher than design expectation. The main reason for such problems are due to impervious surfaces.

Journal article
22 Aug 2017

Energy policy continues not to acknowledge the gap between the calculated (i.e. the anticipated or promised) and the actual consumption associated with peoples’ everyday practices in their homes and in the building sector. Multiple explanations exist for why this ‘performance gap’ occurs.

Journal article
28 Jun 2018

This note presents a method to decompose life cycle inventories derived from integrated and mixed-unit hybrid life cycle assessment. The approach extends the decomposition method described by Wiedmann by diferentiating between impacts from industries, products and processes.

Journal article
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
19 Apr 2018

Evaluating building design options with a focus on simultaneously minimising life cycle greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and life cycle cost (LCC) is difficult due to a lack of comprehensive and accessible tools. An integrated approach where life cycle GHG and LCC performance can be balanced is essential in order to optimise a building's overall life cycle performance.

Journal article
14 Sep 2018

Dutch cyclists rode down the world's first bike path made entirely of discarded plastic this week, in a move aimed at reducing the millions of tonnes wasted every year. The 30-metre (100-ft) cycling path in the 1,300-year-old northern town of Zwolle contains the equivalent of 500,000 plastic bottle caps and is estimated to be two to three times more durable than traditional roads.

Article
29 Jul 2018

Purpose – Rating tools for the built environment were designed to engage consumers and enhance sustainability and resilience. However, the intended outcomes of these rating systems appear to have limited implementation in the residential new housing market in Australia.

Journal article
26 Sep 2018

Designers tune the thermal characteristics of buildings to moderate external environmental conditions and maintain internal conditions to minimise resource and energy use. 

Blog post
11 Jul 2017

Certification of green building materials is a proven and effective way to incorporate, at large scale, products that are energy efficient, have minimal ill effect on indoor air quality, and/or have other green attributes into buildings.

Research report
14 Aug 2018

This guide provides critical information on how to design, operate and maintain these green wall and façade systems to maximise their water treatment benefits to ultimately increase the sustainability and liveability of cities.

Guide