Stephen Livesley

Briefing paper

Urban heat island reduction through green infrastructure: policy guidance for state government

This brief is presented as a synopsis of key policy issues that may either support or hinder efforts to reduce urban heat through increased green infrastructure. It highlights the need for co-ordinated efforts and identifies specific portfolio barriers and opportunities.

Planning for a cooler future: green infrastructure to reduce urban heat

This guide focuses on the use of green infrastructure (GI) to mitigate urban heat. GI is an effective means to minimise heat accumulation in the urban environment as it shades hot surfaces, increases evapotranspirative cooling and modifies wind patterns The guide provides advice on spatially...
Technical report

Decision principles for the selection and placement of green infrastructure to mitigate urban hotspots and heat waves

The main green infrastructure elements identified and discussed in this document are green open spaces, street trees, vertical greening and green roofs. The evidence for the extent and type of cooling provided by these different vegetation elements is presented and discussed.

Responding to the urban heat island: a review of the potential of green infrastructure

This report reviews the Australian and international scientific and technical literature quantifying the cooling and energy-saving benefits of three types of green infrastructure: shade trees; green roofs; and vertical greening systems (VGS) (green walls and facades).
Conference paper

Trees provide energy saving benefits to adjacent buildings for a small water cost

The aim of this study is to directly quantify the reduction in cooling loads upon external walls from the presence of deciduous exotic or evergreen native trees in a Melbourne climatic context.