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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

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Strategy

18 Oct 2017

Victorians deserve the best in infrastructure and services, from schools to hospitals, public transport, roads and community safety. But as Victoria’s population increases and technology progresses, what we demand from our infrastructure will also change.

The Victorian Infrastructure Plan...

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Discussion paper

17 Oct 2017

The Andrews Labor Government has committed to ban single-use, lightweight plastic shopping bags. This discussion paper seeks input from all Victorians on how we can design this ban to ensure it is fair and effective. It also broadens the conversation to what else we can do to manage other...

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Research report

16 Oct 2017

This current case study report forms part of a Melbourne Water funded RMIT University research project which investigates the role of the water sector in urban liveability, greening and cooling. Greening the West provides an interesting case study on this topic due to the...

Research report

12 Oct 2017

The co-benefits of urban liveability for the economy, social inclusion, environmental and social sustainability, and public health are now well recognised by all levels of government in Australia and internationally. Liveable communities are safe, socially cohesive and inclusive, and...

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Briefing paper

12 Oct 2017

Governments around the world offer incentives to support electric vehicles. Australia does not. This paper examines how we can boost electric vehicle sales – in four proven, low-cost ways.

There is a race to transition the world’s massive car fleet to electric vehicles and Australia is...

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Research report

11 Oct 2017

It is well known that the so-called “business as usual” scenario does not represent a viable option for a sustainable future and that different development models have to be identified for our society to continue growing and prosper in the future.

The construction industry must reflect...

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Journal article

11 Oct 2017

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An alarmingly high proportion of the Australian adult population does not meet national physical activity guidelines (57%). This is concerning because physical inactivity is a risk factor for several chronic diseases. In recent years, an increasing emphasis has been placed on...

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Statistics

09 Oct 2017

Most Australians support a Clean Energy Target and they want it to build renewables, including most voters for the Coalition and One Nation, according to this polling.

The Australia Institute surveyed 1,421 Australians in September 2017 about whether they supported a new Clean Energy...

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Article

09 Oct 2017

With rising temperatures, surging power prices and an ageing population, there are challenging times ahead in terms of looking after our most vulnerable elderly citizens.

But my research suggests that residential aged care facilities are not well regulated in terms of providing safe...

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Report

05 Oct 2017

Energy efficiency stands at a crossroads today. Strong efficiency gains continued to be made in 2016, even as energy prices fell. But at the same time, governments are not coming up with new policies fast enough, relying on existing regulations instead, precisely at the time when a pipeline of...

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Report

03 Oct 2017

Australia’s inefficient, ageing, polluting coal plants will inevitably close. It is simply too expensive to keep them going once they reach around 50 years old. This provides a critical opportunity to move to a modern, 21st century electricity system. In doing so, Australia will tackle multiple...

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Strategy

03 Oct 2017

The Victorian government is seeking views from the community and industry on the proposed approach to managing e-waste in Victoria.

E-waste is growing up to three times faster than general municipal waste in Australia and covers a range of items we use and discard from our daily working...

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Report

03 Oct 2017

Road congestion charges should be introduced in Sydney and Melbourne. An examination of 3.5 million Google Maps trip-time estimates across more than 350 routes over six months of this year suggests both cities could face traffic gridlock in future unless decisive action is taken to manage...

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28 Sep 2017

The overall poor efficiency of Victoria’s housing stock means that many homes that are in otherwise good condition are nevertheless likely to be inefficient. On average, rental properties are worse in terms of efficiency, with much lower rates of basic measures such as insulation in rented...

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Report

28 Sep 2017

The Emissions Audit tracks Australia’s emissions of greenhouse gases from the combustion of fossil fuels – this issue contains data up to the end of June 2017. The Emissions Audit will therefore give readers the most up to date possible advice on how Australia is tracking towards meeting its...

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Discussion paper

26 Sep 2017

Infrastructure underpins every aspect of modern life While the systems using our infrastructure have improved, the underlying infrastructure has developed comparatively slowly. Smart infrastructure seeks to extract greater value from new and existing assets by improving user experience, reducing...

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Policy report

26 Sep 2017

Housing affordability is defined and measured in a variety of ways. For ASBEC, affordability means enabling people to make a housing choice that suits their needs within their available budget – regardless of whether it involves renting, ownership or having options as they age.

Housing is...

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Discussion paper

25 Sep 2017

Under the Abbott Government, Australia signed the Paris climate agreement, committing to reduce carbon emissions by 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2030. The electricity sector will play a significant role in meeting these targets, as it accounts for 35% of the country’s total emissions.

A...

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Report

22 Sep 2017

Automated and Driverless Vehicles (AV/DVs) offer the prospect of positive and fundamental changes to the way Australia’s cities work and how people utilise transport. At the highest level, AVs offer massive increases in road safety and capacity – and could see car ownership become the exception...

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Research report

21 Sep 2017

This report presents the outcomes of a pilot study exploring how the building and planning system is delivering a sustainable built environment in Australia. The study was funded by the Australian Communities Foundation through the Green Cities Innovation fund and undertaken by a team of...

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