The CRC for Low Carbon Living has produced a series of practical guides summarising best practice in various phases of the building lifecycle—construction, retrofit, operations—for a range of building types in the residential and commercial sectors and at the level of precincts.  Other Guides will cover areas such as Landscape, Value-chain and Urban Heat.

Guide to low carbon households

Occupants, or householders, may be owners or renters and there may be multiple householders within one dwelling. This document recognises the needs and capacities of these different householder groups and, where appropriate, also addresses the needs of households in different climate zones.

Guide to low carbon residential retrofits

The document builds on key research conducted nationally by individuals and organisations, including the Australian Government’s Department of Environment and Energy and local universities, working in the areas of low carbon retrofit options, housing typology and climate.

Guide to low carbon residential new builds

This document offers practical advice to developers and owner builders on how to achieve these objectives through the conception and realisation of a new home.

Guide to low carbon precincts

This guide provides frameworks and options to assist councils and developers with strategic planning decisions when implementing low-carbon neighbourhoods.

Guide to low carbon commercial retrofits

This guide provides methods for retrofitting commercial buildings to improve performance while reducing energy and carbon use.


Guide to low carbon commercial new build

This guide acts as a practical reference for the design of high-performance, low-carbon commercial buildings. The target audience is everyone involved in the creation of new commercial buildings, from architects, consultants and designers, to developers and owners. The guide delves into the technical details of many issues but is suitable for anyone wanting to explore low-carbon building design.

Guide to precinct design assessments

A convergence of digital innovation with advanced knowledge from the fields of urban planning and design, social science, computer science, engineering and construction has been harnessed in this guide to create an advanced information platform for transformative built environment planning and design focused on precinct scale modelling and performance assessment.

Guide to urban cooling strategies

This document provides practical guidance for built environment professionals and regulatory agencies seeking to optimise development projects to moderate urban microclimates and mitigate urban heat island effects in major urban centres across a range of climates in Australia.


Preparing for the zero-carbon economy

This guide is a planning resource for small to medium sized companies involved in the building sector value chain. This includes building materials suppliers, trades and contractors; transport companies and architects, engineers and other design firms.

Guide to low carbon social housing retrofits

This guide is intended as a simple to use reference for social housing asset managers and others involved in social housing upgrades.


Guide to low carbon landscapes

This guide is an introduction that offers practical insights for homeowners, builders and designers to illustrate what low carbon landscapes are, how they function and the benefits they provide.



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