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

Commentary

4 May 2018

Plain language list of recent sustainability projects in the built enviroment which were run by Professor James Murray-Parkes

Imagine a building that’s powered entirely by human waste – skyscrapers that are completely off the grid and powered by the energy they produce....

Journal article

4 May 2018

The difference between actual and calculated energy is called the ‘energy-performance gap’. Possible explanations for this gap are construction mistakes, improper adjusting of equipment, excessive simplification in simulation models and occupant behaviour. Many researchers and governmental institutions think the occupant is the main cause of...

Case study

3 May 2018

Case study of a stormwater project in Orange, NSW. Storm water is routed to an existing facility which filters to create potable water. The report covers drivers, costs, innovations, outcomes and learnings.

Briefing paper

1 May 2018

Future Street was a public activation, demonstrating the design concepts and technology for our future public spaces. Transforming a prominent Sydney street and reclaiming it for the people of the city, Future Street sparked ideas about how these spaces could be different and what that...

Journal article

1 May 2018

The city of Melbourne is located in a highly productive agricultural region with the capacity to meet approximately 41% of the city population’s food needs. Melbourne’s “foodbowl” is an important building block in a resilient and sustainable food system for this rapidly growing city. This...

Case study

1 May 2018

The Orange case study examines the city’s experience in diversifying its water supply by capturing and treating urban stormwater to supplement the potable water supply.

Draft report

27 Apr 2018

New Zealand has had climate change policies in place for some time, but these have not been effective in reducing domestic emissions. For businesses, households, investors and consumers to manage the risks and seize the opportunities of moving to a low-emissions future, change is needed....

Journal article

24 Apr 2018

Limiting global warming to 1.5 °C will require rapid decarbonisation of the world’s electricity and transport systems. This must occur against a background of continuing urbanisation and the shift to the information economy. While replacement of fossil fuels in electricity generation is underway, urban transport...

Journal article

24 Apr 2018

This paper presents new evidence from a nationwide cross-project meta-study investigating the magnitude and extent of the difference between designed and measured thermal performance of the building fabric of 188 low energy dwellings in the UK. The dataset was drawn from the UK Government’s national...

Policy report

18 Apr 2018

Renewable energy needs to be scaled up at least six times faster for the world to start to meet the goals set out in the Paris Agreement. The historic climate accord from 2015 seeks, at minimum, to limit average global temperature rise to “well below...

Report

18 Apr 2018

Commercial buildings contribute significantly to Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions and represent a significant portion of the low cost abatement and energy efficiency opportunities in Australia.

To support building upgrades to improve energy efficiency, in 2012 Sustainability Victoria published ‘The Next Wave: Retrofitting Victoria’s Office...

Discussion paper

17 Apr 2018

The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) is calling for submissions on how to change regulatory frameworks to help deliver long-term electricity reliability at least cost to consumers.

Commentary

16 Apr 2018

Discusses the need for “renewable energy breeding” – the process by which mining the raw materials and manufacturing technologies such as solar cells and wind turbines are themselves powered by renewables rather than fossil fuels.

Discussion paper

13 Apr 2018

This discussion paper highlights the need for understanding the ultimate impact on electricity prices when making any changes to how transmission infrastructure is planned, built and operated.

Research report

12 Apr 2018

Desalination is an increasingly common method of improving water security in arid and semi-arid regions. According to the International Desalination Association, the 19,000 desalination plants that now operate globally each day produce 88.6 gigalitres of water. The water from those facilities supports 300 million people.

Article

12 Apr 2018

A small environmental organization has taken on Germany’s powerful auto industry in court and has begun winning limited bans on heavily polluting diesel vehicles. Some analysts say this may be the beginning of the end for diesel automobiles in Germany and the European Union.

Briefing paper

11 Apr 2018

Analysis of energy renovation costs, as provided by the French Observatory for Low Energy Buildings, identified the following:

One-step deep energy renovation is achieved in France at an average renovation cost of €316/m²for dwellings in multi-family buildings and €374/m² for detached single family homes...

Technical report

10 Apr 2018

This report is the Interim Technical Report for the Building Code Energy Performance Trajectory Project. It accompanies the Interim Synthesis Report for the Building Code Energy Performance Trajectory Project, entitled The Bottom Line – the household impacts of delaying improved energy requirements in the Building...

Research report

A conceptual framework for understanding interactions between carbon prices and electricity prices
2 Apr 2018

An emissions trading system (ETS) is a market-based mechanism that is applied to achieve emissions targets at least cost. By fixing a quantity of emissions (the cap), requiring that companies surrender one allowance for each unit of emissions generated and making the allowance tradable, a...

Research report

A conceptual framework for understanding interactions between carbon prices and electricity prices
2 Apr 2018

Emissions trading systems (ETSs) as a cost-effective instrument for emissions control in the power sector are now being implemented or considered across a diverse set of jurisdictions. However, regulation in the power sector may impede or alter the functioning of an ETS. In this paper,...