Built environment

Research report

19 Jan 2018

This report presents the findings from four focus group discussions conducted during Spring 2017 and serves as a first step in an ongoing investigation into the potential to innovate and nature of coworking issues facing people in outer Melbourne suburbs.

Report

11 Jan 2018

This report shows how society benefits when buildings can withstand natural disasters.

Article

9 Jan 2018

Commonly used in much of Europe, prefabrication is a more environmentally sustainable and socially beneficial way to build, and it’s taking off in Australia too.

Report

8 Jan 2018

There is an opportunity for traditional public transit agencies to leverage the potential of flexible route, on-demand microtransit.

Article

5 Jan 2018

In poorer parts of the world, urban experts say efforts to improve cities with cutting-edge technology can run into challenges, particularly when applied in slums.

“A 24-hour smart water meter can only be possible if you’re connected to the water system in the first...

Article

5 Jan 2018

The idea of self-driving and electrified vehicles is gaining acceptance among global consumers, but is this enough to make our utopian dreams come true?

Audio interview

3 Jan 2018

There are calls for changes to the nation's building code to ensure homes are heat stress resistant in summer.

A study has found new 'energy efficient' homes can actually be less resistant to heat than older double-brick homes.

As a result, Australian's are...

Article

3 Jan 2018

In Denmark, they are using re-using waste heat from one place to heat entire housing estates. This is good news for both the environment and energy consumption.

Journal article

1 Jan 2018

In Australia, heatwaves are the deadliest natural hazard and a major driver of peak electricity demand. The disproportionately high peak demand increases electricity prices, causes occasional blackouts and exacerbates energy poverty, all of which limit one’s ability to use air conditioning. Meanwhile, increased energy efficiency...

Report

21 Dec 2017

This feasibility study confirms that the Snowy 2.0 pumped hydro expansion project is both technically and financially feasible.

Journal article

20 Dec 2017

Research identifies that resilience, not just efficiency, should be considered explicitly in roadway project selection and justify investment opportunities related to disaster and other disruptions.

Discussion paper

20 Dec 2017

3600 MW, or 14% of coal and gas generation failed during the February 2017 heatwave. Report calls for the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) to require “heat safe” back-up for coal and gas plants.

New analysis shows that coal and gas failed to provide energy...

Report

19 Dec 2017

The 2017 review, conducted by the Department of the Environment and Energy, aims to ensure the Government's climate change policies remain effective in achieving Australia’s 2030 target and Paris Agreement commitments.

Guide

18 Dec 2017

This quick guide provides a list of key Australian sources, and some high level international resources, that assist in understanding the Australian energy market.

Discussion paper

18 Dec 2017

This discussion paper is a sociological account of the history of successful urban Aboriginal community development by Aboriginal people for Aboriginal people in the city of Newcastle.

Audio presentation

14 Dec 2017

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.

Report

14 Dec 2017

This report examines whether the level crossing removal project is cost-effective in terms of whether it has improved, or is expected to improve, the safety and efficiency of the state’s road and rail network.

Research report

13 Dec 2017

Self-driving cars are the next technological revolution we will face in the future. These vehicles will not only need to ‘see’ the world, but will also need to communicate and work together.

Research report

13 Dec 2017

This study reviewed recent literature and data to synthesise the following Safe System intersection design principles: minimise conflict points, remove/simplify road user decisions, minimise impact angles, and minimise entry and impact speeds.

Research report

13 Dec 2017

Home purchasing and renting, particularly in our capital cities, is now beyond the reach of many people. Are governments around Australia effectively tackling the pressing issue of housing affordability?