Low Carbon Living

Low carbon living is about finding ways to reduce carbon emissions in the built environment. The information in this collection will help policy makers and practioners to design better solutions for buildings, cities and people. Sponsored by the CRC for Low Carbon Living

Low Carbon Living

Video

12 Oct 2018

Speakers: Chris Benedict, Gina Bocra - LEED AP, Priscilla Richards

The Energy Code is an increasingly robust tool for improving energy efficiency in our buildings. This session will examine how far the existing code has come and identify the remaining barriers and limits. Speakers...

Video

Where are we heading?
12 Oct 2018

Speakers: John Amatruda, Sean Brennan, Kirsten Mariager, Shawn Torbert - LEED AP

New Yorkers are used to the noise of a construction crew in full swing. While those sounds remain the same, industry demands and requirements of today’s building products are changing rapidly, as...

Case study

10 Oct 2018

Josh’s House is an exemplar of integrated water sensitive urban design at the residential housing scale.

Josh’s House is an innovative housing-scale sustainable design and construction project based in Hilton WA, led by environmental scientist and national media personality Dr Josh Byrne in conjunction...

Case study

10 Oct 2018

Application of water sensitive urban design strategies to provide retention, ltration, litter management and bio- retention outcomes, as well as improvements to local amenity.

The Kings Square development in Perth’s central business district is part of Perth City Link – an urban renewal project...

Case study

10 Oct 2018

Urban parklands can be upgraded to be multifunctional water treatment and flood management assets.

Built in 2001, the Kunshan Forest Park is a National Urban Wetland Park covering an area of 166 hectares in the northwest of Kunshan city in Jiangsu province, China. The...

Audio presentation

10 Oct 2018

Yesterday the UN body, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Change, released its latest report on the pace of global warming — and it made for some grim reading.

It urged a "transformational shift" in the way we live if we are to limit...

Case study

9 Oct 2018

Urban household water supplied by rainwater.

The Currumbin Ecovillage is a 147 lot development over 270 acres of land in the Gold Coast Hinterland. The development contains community title blocks which range from 400 to 1400m2 . All of the water supplied to the...

Case study

9 Oct 2018

Local planning policy can advance requirements for local development.

The City of Moonee Valley, a local government municipality in Melbourne, Victoria, made an amendment (C108) that introduces a new Local Planning Policy, ‘Stormwater Management (Water Sensitive Urban Design)’ to Clause 22.03 of the Moonee...

Case study

9 Oct 2018

Improving the health of a high ecological value waterway with stormwater disconnection.

Dobsons Creek has the highest ecological value of any waterway within the Knox City Council area, and is one of the highest value waterways in the wider Dandenong Creek catchment. In 2010,...

Case study

9 Oct 2018

Stormwater harvesting, treatment and subsequent storage within an aquifer and distribution to western Adelaide for recycled water (non-potable) reuse.

Region-wide system that harvests, treats and stores stormwater and distributes harvested water through western Adelaide, sustaining a growing economy and enhancing the natural environment. The...

Case study

9 Oct 2018

A design that showcases the potential of disused infrastructure in providing community open space with an integrated stormwater design.

Greening the Pipeline is the transformation of a heritage listed Main Outfall Sewer reserve into a 27km linear park in Melbourne’s west. The project is...

Case study

9 Oct 2018

Decentralised residential wastewater management.

The Currumbin Ecovillage is a 147 lot development over 270 acres of land in the Gold Coast Hinterland. The development contains community title blocks which range from 400 to 1400m2. A sewerage treatment plant located within the development accepts and...

Case study

9 Oct 2018

Irrigating airport land for heat reduction benefits.

SA Water and Adelaide Airport have been running a trial using stormwater to irrigate a 4ha site within the airport land to understand the potential benefits that maintaining appropriate vegetative cover and reducing surface and air temperatures...

Report

8 Oct 2018

This report provides a brief summary of the main findings of the special report, Global Warming of 1.5°C , its implications, and how Australia is tracking when it comes to tackling climate change.

Article

5 Oct 2018

As dozens of cities try to slash carbon emissions by 2050, Copenhagen aims to do it in half the time - in just seven years.

Around the world, more than 70 major cities have pledged to end their reliance on fossil fuels and stop...

Case study

4 Oct 2018

This week’s launch of Melbourne’s first zero energy display home, initially developed for a CRC for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL) research program, was part of a $2.18 million energy-efficiency housing pilot program announcement for Victoria.

The Zero Energy Home (ZEH) which was built by...

Article

4 Oct 2018
The current speed and complexity of urbanisation calls for radically new approaches to sustainability of cities Study suggests “urban tinkering” as a solution – a systems thinking approach inspired by evolutionary biology It can help engineers, architects, ecologists, health specialists and others to develop innovative...

Article

3 Oct 2018

The earth is on a trajectory to warm 3-4°C by 2100. This heat map details how that rise in temperatures will affect major metropolitan hubs.

Smart Cities Dive took a closer look at how this would affect six major metropolitan hubs, and what the...

Guide

Version 1.0
3 Oct 2018

Planning schemes are the primary tool to enable state and local government land use planning policies to be implemented and effect positive change to the built environment. This guide will help practitioners implement these principles in the day to day formulation and drafting of planning...

Article

2 Oct 2018

For greater housing diversity, new typologies can be designed to support emerging household needs over time. Additionally, architects can explore the notion of creating more diversity in available housing stock. Finally, housing provision can be expanded beyond procurement models, financial structures and living arrangements driven...