The Environmental Insights Explorer calculates emissions from buildings, car trips, and public transport to illustrate how a city’s sustainability efforts are faring. Read the full article at Fast Company
Green building (GB) policies have been implemented to promote GB and address climate change. Most of the existing literature have studied the costs and benefits of developing GB, without considerations of GB policies’ impacts. This paper aims to study the costs and benefits of implementing...
Buildings and the atmosphere are intrinsically connected via cooling and heating systems. Global climate is projected to grow warmer, while an increasing fraction of the population living in urban centers. This introduces the challenge for new approaches to project future energy demand changes in cities....
This paper applies cost–benefits analysis (CBA) and transaction cost (TC) theory to systematically evaluate the costs and benefits of implementing the green building economic incentives, with focused study on the Gross Floor Area (GFA) Concession Scheme in Hong Kong. The data of costs and benefits...
The presentation slides captured a broad spectrum of energy efficiency policies based on industries. On page 7 in particular, the energy efficiency options in the building sector were discussed from three related perspectives;(1) Regulation (2) Information and (3)Incentives. Page 11 outlined the critical questions that...
India’s growth of energy demand in the building stock, and efforts to curb it, are placed into an international context by adapting the reporting criteria developed for the Global Alliance on Building & Construction's (GABC) Global Status Report (2017) on buildings and construction. A survey...
The intent of the graphic format of this document is to make the policy clearer and more accessible to a diverse audience, including the community, designers, planners, and developers.
Despite significant changes in Australia’s physical and social fabric in the seventy years since the RVIA Small Homes Service’s conception, Robin Boyd’s resolve to do “better with less” remains as relevant today. Rory Hyde evaluates the service’s legacy and its potential application to today’s increasingly...
Unprecedented levels of urbanisation coupled with revolutions in transport, energy, and data technology offer new opportunities to reshape cities. Cities of the future need to be planned strategically to support environmental and social well-being as well as economic productivity. To do so, cities must encourage...
The Heritage Council of NSW, in partnership with the NSW Government Architect, have developed this Draft Design Guide for Heritage that is intended to make it easier to manage heritage design works.
The slides were to teach the fundamentals of energy efficiency policies that can be used to reduce energy use in buildings and how energy efficiency policies can enable effective investment and finance for energy efficiency in buildings.
This paper introduces the major state-level regulations and policies for improving energy efficiency in buildings. The purpose of the review is to discuss the challenges and issues in policy implementation and the latest trend in adopting innovative instruments.
The National Construction Code is a ready-made policy instrument to influence the energy efficiency of new buildings and major renovations. Improved building energy efficiency presents a win-win-win solution, reducing stress on the electricity network and supporting a least-cost pathway to decarbonisation while also delivering cost...
There is limited evidence to support the idea that making physical changes to classrooms boosts learning outcomes. The reason for this is schools are complex places.
The original policy issued by The Science Council of Japan was in Japanese, and this English article summarises the policy that outlined a roadmap to realize a healthy low-carbon society. The aim of the policy is to build a low carbon footprint and high environmental...
The overwhelming majority of Australians say they care deeply about our built heritage, but recent battles over heritage listed Melbourne properties reveal that the protection and preservation of our buildings is fraught.
Evidence gathered by the International Energy Agency has identified six critical factors to guide policy makers in realising potential savings in both new and existing buildings through the modernisation of building energy codes.
Here are ten, easy-to-follow principles of good design to use when buying or renting your next house or apartment.
The Green Building Council of Australia with the Property Council of Australia, Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH), Energy Efficiency Council, Facilities Management Association of Australia, City of Sydney, City of Melbourne and CitySwitch have produced a policy framework addressing the potential...