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Smart cities vital to beat the elements

Important research is looking at counteractive measures to urban heat island effect from the best materials to reflect urban heat to the best technology and urban design to keep us cool. What we can do now is make our cities, where the majority live, smarter...
Policy report

Future cities: planning for our growing population

This is the fifth paper in Infrastructure Australia's Reform Series. It provides advice to Australian governments on improving the productivity and liveability of our largest cities as they grow over the next thirty years.
Report

Green infrastructure: Life support for human habitats

The value of ‘green infrastructure’ in urban landscapes is becoming increasingly recognised by health professionals, water managers, planners, policy makers and designers around the world. The rapid expansion of towns and cities contains the real risk of creating unliveable, unhealthy environments.
Strategy

Opportunity knocks: Accelerating energy efficiency for mid-tier buildings

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...
Discussion paper

Digital built Australia: A policy for smart infrastructure delivery in Australia

The Digital Built Australia policy primer outlines a suite of policy recommendations for building greater productivity within the construction sector and accelerating the reduction of built environment related greenhouse gas emissions through the greater adoption of technology and data solutions. The policy document proposes this...
Journal article

Urban mind: Using smartphone technologies to investigate the impact of nature on mental well-being in real time

Existing evidence on the beneficial effects of nature on mental health comes from studies using cross-sectional designs. We developed a smartphone-based tool (Urban Mind; www.urbanmind.info) to examine how exposure to natural features within the built environment affects mental well-being in real time. The tool was...
Report

Leading the way: low carbon policies and measures in Australia’s capital cities

In Australia, capital cities are increasingly stepping forward to offer leadership on greenhouse gas abatement to a degree not evident at the national level, nor in many states and territories. This paper analyses the carbon targets, strategies, outcomes, policies and measures that are being used...
Strategy

Transforming Melbourne and Victoria with Employment and Innovation Clusters (EICs)

This report argues that the creation of physical spaces that bring together new, high-value businesses, researchers and related service providers (so called EICs), will drive job growth, attract investment and underpin the future competitiveness of Victoria’s economy.
Report

Building better decisions: why good evidence is used (and ignored) in the built environment sector

Evidence-based decision making (EBDM) is a framework that has yielded huge benefits in fields ranging from medicine to social policy.
Strategy

A metropolis of three cities: the Greater Sydney Region plan

This strategy outlines a vision for three, integrated and connected cities, that will rebalance Greater Sydney – placing housing, jobs, infrastructure and services within easier reach of more residents, no matter where they live.