25 Jun 2019

This review identifies themes to consider for policies to effect low carbon residential retrofits and/or renovations.

Systematic review
05 Sep 2018

Home renovations demonstrate the interplay between economic transactions and cultural values that shape consumption practice and consumer markets. The academic disciplines of environmental and social sciences and spheres of environmental policy and practice have taken interest in renovations because of their implications for improved environmental outcomes. However, a considerable blind spot in this work has been an out-of-step, largely one-dimensional, or peripheral engagement with media.

Journal article
16 Feb 2017

This paper seeks to uncover a diversity of economic practices and engagement by home renovators, predominantly homeowners. In particular, the authors explore how different forms of media consumption and production intertwine to shape home renovation projects.

Journal article
03 Jul 2019

Overall 12% of carbon emissions comes from homes. This video shows how the media can encourage more sustainable renovations and new builds.

Video
28 Feb 2018

Roughly 97% of the European Union (EU)’s building stock, amounting to over 30 billion m2, is not considered energy efficient, and 75 to 85% of it will still be in use in 2050.

Report
15 Jul 2019

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.

Report
21 Jun 2019

The purpose of this report is to summarise the development of the preferred business model identified for Build4Life by reporting of the key activities of the customer discovery phase of Build4Life.
The proposed business model is for Build4Life to act as a platform to connect renovators with service and product suppliers with an overarching mission to help deliverable sustainable renovations across Australia.

Report
27 Nov 2018

This is the first academic book to examine the long running hit series Grand Designs, which occupies a significant place in the popular imagination internationally.

Book
15 Oct 2016

This is the first report of a project examining ways of making energy efficient home renovations mainstream rather than a niche activity as is currently the case. Homes are a major contributor to carbon dioxide emissions in Australia; most emanating from the 98 per cent of established homes rather than the less than 2 per cent of new homes built each year.

Report
01 Dec 2017

Government policies and programs have had relatively limited success in fostering widespread adoption of energy efficient products and solutions in Australia’s residential sector.

Report
29 Jun 2017

Several standards regarding energy consumption have emerged in the last decade, defining increasing requirements, and culminating with the recent emergence of the “nearly zero energy” buildings concept, as described in the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive1. However, these standards are mainly focused on new buildings neglecting, most of the time, the existing ones that represent the least efficient, the largest consumers and the largest share of the building stock.

Report