Sustainable building design and construction
Unlocking the pathway: why electrification is the key to net zero buildings
Around one quarter of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions come from the built environment. This summary report argues that Australia will not achieve its legislated emissions reduction targets unless the built environment decarbonises its building operations.
Greening libraries report
This report aims to highlight examples of best practice and inform the creation of a toolkit for libraries to help them support environmental action, further the greening libraries movement, as well as exemplify sustainability practices that are consistent with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Building for climate change
This document highlights the key themes found from submissions on the 2020 Building for Climate Change Frameworks consultation.
Integrated approaches in action: a companion to the international good practice principles for sustainable infrastructure
This collection of case studies illustrates some of the salient aspects of the International good practice principles for sustainable infrastructure. Documenting integrated approaches in action, it provides real-world examples of the good practices set out in the principles. The report presents ten case studies with...
Critical factors influencing the sustainable construction capability in prefabrication of Chinese construction enterprises
Compared with the conventional cast-in-situ method, prefabricated construction (PC) is a sustainable construction method. Results of this study suggest that incentivised strategies formulated by the Chinese government would improve industry practitioners’ capability of implementing sustainable PC projects to eventually expedite the industry’s transformation towards leaner...
Building beyond minimum requirements: a literature review
The purpose of this study was to complete a literature review of the economic assessment of the costs, benefits and methods for the construction of houses that are designed and built to standards that exceed the minimum requirements as defined by the Building Code. The...
Barriers to implementing solar energy systems in buildings: the resident’s perspective in Malaysia
In Malaysia, solar energy has been used in numerous industrial buildings as a source of electricity generation since the country benefits from high solar radiation throughout the year. However, solar energy is still not used in residential buildings despite a wide interest from the sector.
Empirical assessment of the impact of VDC and Lean on environment and waste in masonry operations
This study measures the impact of Lean and VDC on waste in operations, and on GHG emissions of masonry partitions.
Additive manufacturing: technology, applications, markets, and opportunities for the built environment
This paper aims to provide a comprehensive and evidence-based baseline along with progresses in relevant disciplines related to 3DP in construction, which will provide an opportunity to experts in all domains to understand the multi-dimensional constraints and to specify the future research directions in these...
Building efficiency for jobs and growth
Around the world, there are many examples of governments using energy efficient building programs to support the bounce back from major economic crises.
A three methods proactive improvement model for buildings construction processes
This paper proposes a proactive model to improve the overall performance of construction processes. The main advantage is that potential waste and associate impacts could be identified in the early stages of a project before the construction phase.
Integrated BIM-based LCA for the entire building process using an existing structure for cost estimation in the Swiss context
The main objective of this study is to develop an integrated BIM-LCA method for the entire building process by relating it to an established workflow.
Toward a holistic view on lean sustainable construction: a literature review
This article aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of “how Lean helps achieve and maintain sustainability in construction sector”. The findings are structured into a holistic framework, which underlines a multidimensional approach toward sustainability, i.e., focus on stakeholders, across various construction phases, while simultaneously being...
Guide to low carbon commercial buildings – new build
This guide acts as a practical reference for the design of high-performance, low-carbon commercial buildings. The target audience is everyone involved in the creation of new commercial buildings, from architects, consultants and designers, to developers and owners.
Evaluation of BIM-based LCA results for building design
Various tools that use a Building Information Modelling (BIM) model for automatic quantity take-off as a basis for Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) have been developed recently. This paper describes the first application of such a BIM-LCA tool to evaluate the embodied global warming potential (GWP)...
Automatic structural design by a set-based parametric design method
Modern structural design faces new challenges, such as addressing the needs of several stakeholders and satisfying the criteria for achieving sustainability. In this project, the selected method was successfully applied and it was observed that it resulted in bridges that were more efficient in terms...
Assessment of the role of lean construction practices in environmental sustainability
The construction industry has been identified as an industry that can help in the achievement of environmental sustainability. The results of this study reveals that respondents are of the opinion that adoption of Lean Construction Practices (LCPs) in building can help in the achievement of...
Preparing your business for the zero-carbon circular economy
This guide is a planning resource for small to medium-sized companies involved in the buildings sector value chain. This includes building materials suppliers, trades and contractors, transport companies and architects, engineers and other design firms.
Accelerating building decarbonization: eight attainable policy pathways to net zero carbon buildings for all
This paper responds to the global discourse around the need to decarbonize the world’s building stock by 2050 in order to meet global climate goals. It aims to provide clear, feasible policy pathways by which developing countries can achieve net ZCBs in their cities.
Mainstreaming low carbon residential precincts – the WGV Living Laboratory
The structure of this report is based on the CRCLCL RP3033 project activities which included:
Maximising your investment: using rating tools to attract sustainable finance for real estate
Sustainable finance has been an area of interest to the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) for some time. NABERS have been closely monitoring green bond issuances in the property sector and are encouraged by the uptake of sustainable finance solutions many customers are...
Guide to low carbon commercial buildings – retrofit
This guide provides methods for retrofitting commercial buildings to improve performance while reducing energy and carbon use.
Mapping the CRCLCL data landscape
In this report, the data assets created from research projects undertaken by the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living were reviewed by City Futures Research Centre. Options for management, archiving and publication were identified and arrangements put in place for datasets where appropriate. No...
Enhancing thermal comfort and indoor air quality in Australian school classrooms
This paper illustrates the outcome of a field study on air quality and ventilation conducted in secondary school classrooms in Sydney, Australia, during the school year in 2018/2019.
An overview of climate change and building energy: performance, responses and uncertainties
It is becoming increasingly crucial to develop methods and strategies to assess building performance under the changing climate and to yield a more sustainable and resilient design. However, the outputs of climate models have a coarse spatial and temporal resolution and cannot be used directly...