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Abstract: Nowadays, restoration interventions that aim for minimum environmental impact are conceived for recent buildings. Greenhouse gas emissions are reduced using criteria met within a life-cycle analysis, while energy saving is achieved with cost-effective retrofitting actions that secure higher benefits in terms of comfort. However,...
Abstract: As buildings throughout their life cycle ac- count for circa 40% of total energy use in Europe, reducing energy use of the building stock is a key task. This task is, however, complicated by a range of factors, including slow renewal and renovation rates...
This study seeks to update the Economic Value of Design 2007, in order to reflect the significant economic changes that have occurred since it was produced. The principal aim of this research has been to explore the role of good design in a challenging market....
The current housing market is failing to deliver good design outcomes for higher density housing in Australian cities. As a result, dwellings are unaffordable and inappropriate for the wide range of households that are seeking medium density living. Amongst housing industry stakeholders, there is a...
This work explores how and where architecture is, can and might help to transform our cities, towns and regions. It explores the social, technological and economic shifts that the sector is exposed to; the policy context in which the sector is positioned; and it offers...
Creating Healthy Places offers guidelines and strategies as to how the proposed Metro Tunnel Rail Stations may enliven the health of Melbourne’s residents and commuters.
This report shows how society benefits when buildings can withstand natural disasters.
The aim of the Dollars & Sense of Green Buildings report is to examine international case studies and local examples of buildings to demonstrate a strong business case for building green.
The built environment has value. Most commonly, that value is established through market prices for rent or purchase. Some elements of value, while recognised as important, are under-appreciated as it is difficult for them to be directly monetised or quantified in other terms.
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...