Journal article

Influence of rainfall on the thermal and energy performance of a low rise building in diverse locations of the hot humid tropics

Rainfall is seldom addressed in the analysis of climates for building design, usually neglected for building thermal performance calculations, and there is very little research about its potential cooling effect.
Conference paper

Settlement of immigrants in regional South Australia: role of socioeconomic determinants

The recent mining boom in the states north (Whyalla) and the shortage of skilled people experienced by mining sector, steel industry, health and social sectors, has created the need to employ migrant population to fill these positions. Moreover, a government initiative to attract and push...
Report

The Cairns Regional Council councillor conflicts of interest report

This report outlines the findings of an investigation into whether Cairns Regional Council and its councillors comply with relevant legislative and policy requirements and act reasonably in relation to the disclosure and management of councillors’ conflicts of interest.
Report

Heatwaves, homes & health: why household vulnerability to extreme heat is an electricity policy issue

This report provides evidence regarding potential financial and health implications of electricity pricing and 'price signal' messaging for heat vulnerable households.
Guide

Guide to urban cooling strategies

This document provides practical guidance for built environment professionals and regulatory agencies seeking to optimise development projects to moderate urban microclimates and mitigate urban heat island effects in major urban centres across a range of climates in Australia
Briefing paper

Electricity pricing, heatwaves & household vulnerability in Australia

In the context of energy reforms to address peak electricity demand in Australia, this briefing paper provides a critical review of cost-reflective electricity pricing policy and the potential impacts of heatwaves and other extreme heat events in vulnerable households.
Conference paper

Tropical gardens and their potential as tourism attractions

Using the Cairns Botanic Gardens as a case study, this research explores the underlying aspects and issues of the management of successful garden attractions in a tropical setting.