Research undertaken by the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL) has shown that current ‘top down’ education approaches aimed at changing consumer behaviours to adopt sustainable housing options (including concepts like net zero energy homes) have been largely ineffective.
This project builds on key findings of research conducted within the CRCLCL that communicating sustainability in a more mainstream way could significantly improve uptake of sustainable and energy efficient homes.
This project aims to validate the approach through a pilot lifestyle mass media program. The approach has two key objectives to explore the use of mainstream media to:
stimulate demand from consumers for net zero energy homes; and
create a “path to market” for net zero energy home designs/ products.
The project aimed to validate the viewer engagement, to support behaviour change, the use of an impact community and the potential for a commercially viable business model. To assess the approach against these criteria the project the pilot included:
A 30 minute pilot TV show published on YouTube (‘Renovate or Rebuild’)
A call to action website with featured products and resources.
Recruitment of an impact community to promote the content.
Behavioural science research via focus groups and online analytics.
Integrated promotion of the show across various social media channels.
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This project used the insights gleaned from CRCLCL Program 3 social research projects, particularly RP3029, to develop a web-based platform to support a transition to a low carbon and energy efficient residential housing sector. The platform provides a mechanism for renovators to socialise, discuss their renovations, communicate with trades and manage their renovation projects adopting renovation options in the process that minimises the environmental impact and carbon emissions of the house.
This study compares and contrasts Australian and global best practices in policy and regulation for the energy and carbon performance of the built environment. It examines the drivers and opportunities for, and barriers to, the adoption of best practices in Australia.
This paper is a review of the potential commercialisation and adoption pathways for a suite of energy efficiency policy-uptake modelling capabilities from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation’s (CSIRO). Common Capital undertook this review for the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Low Carbon Living and CSIRO.
This document is the final report for a CRC Low Carbon Living project called “Transformation to Low Carbon Living: Social psychology of low carbon behavioural practice". As outlined in the introduction, the purpose of this project was to identify low carbon behaviours and then both (a) develop a short measure that could be used to measure psychological readiness in people for engaging in low carbon behaviour and (b) provide a social psychological foundation for understanding when and why people will engage in low carbon behaviour.