Adaptable housing for people with disability in Australia: a scoping study
This scoping study focuses on the existing housing stock available to the 4.4 million Australians with disability who live in the community in houses, duplexes, apartments, townhouses and units that they own or rent. Many of these people have a disability with particular needs that...
A green stimulus for housing
This report makes the case that the nature of the recession predicted over the coming years necessitates fiscal stimulus measures to restart and redirect the UK economy. At the same time, the UK’s climate change targets necessitate the ‘retrofit’ of millions of homes in the...
Guide to implementing low carbon retrofits for social housing
This guide is intended as a simple to use reference for social housing asset managers and others involved in social housing upgrades.
Guide to low carbon commercial buildings – retrofit
This guide provides methods for retrofitting commercial buildings to improve performance while reducing energy and carbon use.
Renovate or Rebuild pilot project
Research undertaken by the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL) has shown that current ‘top down’ education approaches aimed at changing consumer behaviours to adopt sustainable housing options (including concepts like net zero energy homes) have been largely ineffective. This project builds on...
Towards zero carbon: reducing carbon in home renovations
Overall 12% of carbon emissions comes from homes. This video shows how the media can encourage more sustainable renovations and new builds.
Build4Life business model analysis: sustainability publishing and peer to peer advice service
The purpose of this report is to summarise the development of the preferred business model identified for Build4Life by reporting of the key activities of the customer discovery phase of Build4Life. The proposed business model is for Build4Life to act as a platform to connect...
Driving a national social media conversation on energy efficient housing
This project used the insights gleaned from CRCLCL Program 3 social research projects, particularly RP3029, to develop a web-based platform to support a transition to a low carbon and energy efficient residential housing sector. The platform provides a mechanism for renovators to socialise, discuss their...
Mainstreaming low carbon retrofits in social housing: final report
This report provides a summary of activities completed under the CRC for Low Carbon Living RP3044 ‘Mainstreaming Low Carbon Retrofits in Social Housing’. This two-year project provided real world evaluation of a range of energy efficiency upgrades undertaken in Social Housing properties around NSW, considering...
Guide to low carbon landscapes
This guide is an introduction that offers practical insights for homeowners, builders and designers to illustrate what low carbon landscapes are, how they function and the benefits they provide.
Guide to low carbon residential buildings – retrofit
This guide offers practical advice to homeowners, builders and designers embarking on a retrofit of an existing home. It focuses on relatively simple adaptations to improve a home’s comfort, while reducing energy bills and carbon emissions.
Energy efficient swimming pools – engagement and utilization
This report covers the activities of utilisation project “Energy efficient swimming pools – engagement and utilization”. This involved project partners: School of PV and RE Engineering, UNSW, Simply Better Pool Savings, and Randwick Council.
Pursuing passive: strategies for a high comfort, low energy retrofit in NYC
Improving the performance of buildings must be a central component of any response to the challenges of climate change. This is both an imperative and an opportunity. Responding to climate change by aggressively improving the performance of the built environment will produce buildings that are...
Environmental design in schools
Schools are a vital part of any healthy and thriving community. There is growing appreciation of the significant role that good design can play in education, with increasing evidence that student learning outcomes are closely related to the quality of the environment in which they...
The inner value of a building. Linking indoor environmental quality and energy performance in building regulation
An abundance of scientific studies points to evidence that indoor environmental quality (IEQ) has a direct effect on health, comfort, wellbeing and productivity. Considering that people spend a large amount of their time indoors, it is crucial that building legislation ensures sufficient levels of IEQ...
Towards a decarbonised EU building stock: expert views on the issues and challenges facing the transition
The latest version of the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) aims to achieve a highly energy efficient and decarbonised building stock by 2050, and compels Member States to develop respective roadmaps, guidelines and measurable, targeted actions.
Constructing a new, low-carbon future
This report illustrates that adjusting building standards to impact the cities' environment, economy and etc. The standards mentioned here starts from the construction process until the entire lifecycle of the building in Chinese cities. Research support that buildings that are both energy efficient and supplied...
Creating an energy efficient mortgage for Europe. Towards a new market standard
Greening our buildings is at the heart of our ght against climate change. Greener, more energy efficient buildings can also help to reduce the exposure to risk for property owners and the banks that nance them. Energy efficient mortgages can therefore be a powerful tool...
Minimum energy efficiency standards for a fair energy transition
In general, a household is said to be in energy poverty when its members cannot afford to keep adequately warm. The combination of low incomes, energy prices and inefficient housing leads to energy poverty.
Climate opportunity: more jobs; better health; liveable cities
This report helps policy-makers establish the case for climate action by providing evidence on how climate measures are interrelated with, and support, other urban policy goals.
Fifteen living labs across Australia. Final synthesis report on CRC LCL project RP3045
Fifteen Living Laboratories have been developed across Australia over the past 5 years under the auspices of the CRC for Low Carbon Living. The establishment of the Living Labs has been a significant investment and this report outlines the Living Labs and proposes a model...
Briefing paper: National forum low carbon homes for low income households
The purpose of this briefing paper is to explore the context and challenges that exist in providing low carbon homes for households on low incomes, and to draw attention to the key issues for practitioners working in the field. The issues surrounding energy efficiency and...
Experiences of developing local renovation strategies
From 2016 to 2018, the EmBuild project supported municipalities to develop local renovation strategies, focused on tackling their public buildings. The ultimate aim was to address the challenges of reducing energy and CO2 emissions, by driving the development and adoption of ambitious plans.
Australian cities are lagging behind in greening up their buildings
Covering roofs and walls of buildings with vegetation is a good way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. And these green roofs and walls make cities look nicer. Toronto’s central business district adopted a policy of establishing green roofs on around half of all city buildings...
A Proposal for Defining nearly Zero Energy Building (nZEB) Requirements for Renovation of Single-Family Houses in Poland
It is estimated that more than 70% of the detached single-family houses in Poland (3.6 million) have no, or inadequate, thermal insulation. Heating technology is outdated and the most frequently used fuel is coal, burned in old coal-fired boilers, largely contributing to air pollution.