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Greening suburban travel: smartcard data analysis

Mona Mosallanejad, Sekhar V.C. Somenahalli & Callum Sleep
As public transport agencies increasingly adopt the use of automatic data collection systems, a significant amount of boarding data becomes available, providing an excellent opportunity for transit planners to access spatial-temporal data which can be used for a better understanding of human mobility and the performance of a transit system. Smartcard data can be used to examine a whole network regularly, and to make practical estimates of passenger origin-destination (OD) patterns and is a great...

‘Designing in’ – media and communications for low carbon home renovation

Gavin Melles, Kath Hulse, Aneta M. Podkalicka, Esther Milne & Tomi Winfree
This is a report of a project which aimed to design, develop and assess innovative media and communication strategies to drive mainstream adoption of low carbon products and practices as an integral part of renovation projects, enabling decarbonisation of the existing residential building stock. The focus on media and communications is a means of incorporating low carbon strategies in mainstream renovations rather than being a niche ‘green’ market.This is the third report of a project...

Mainstreaming low carbon retrofits in social housing: summary of existing processes for upgrading and maintenance of social housing properties

Daniel Daly, Michael Tibbs & Paul Cooper
This interim report provides an overview of the system in which Social Housing Providers currently operate in NSW plus the processes and practices employed to meet maintenance requirements.This report was developed from a review of relevant literature and a series of interviews with stakeholders in the Social Housing sector. It presents information on the Social Housing sector, regulatory and other maintenance obligations, and options available for external funding. Preliminary recommendations are also presented on the...

Empowering Broadway: phase 1 research report

Roger Swinbourne, Daniel Hilson & Wendy Yeomans
This report explores the potential solutions for transitioning existing precincts to be lower carbon through collaboration on engineering solutions, financial models and governance approaches. The report focuses on Sydney’s Broadway Precinct, a precinct which includes two major educational campuses with strong sustainability drivers and a new residential / retail development that includes a district heating and cooling plant. This report provides a summary of the first stage of research, which was conducted in 2015-2016. The...

Adelaide living laboratory - value proposition: householder experience

Stephen Berry & Kathryn Davidson
This report explores and quantifies the value proposition from the perspective of the owner occupier of a low carbon impact residential building. The experience of low carbon living applied in this report draws heavily on the experiences of households at Lochiel Park in South Australia, but also on the published literature examined in the initial project report ‘Value Proposition: Literature Review’.The experience of the householder investor documented in this report demonstrates that low carbon living...

Carbon reductions and co-benefits: final report

Michael A. P. Taylor & Susan Thompson
Executive SummaryThis report is the second output of the scoping study RP2015 ‘Carbon Reductions and Co - benefits: Literature and practice review of Australian policies relating urban planning and public health’ and provides an analysis of (current) base line levels of usage of the active transport modes (walking and cycling) in urban Australia. As such the report meets the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living’s (CRC LCL) milestone R2.4.2 ‘Base line survey of current...

Carbon tools & frameworks for institutional precincts

Vanessa Rauland, Portia Odelle, Samantha Hall, Peter Newman & Anna Lewis
The following report presents the results of research conducted on how to best deliver low carbon, high performance schools in the Australian context.The term ‘high performance’ was used to reflect the increased performance in both the buildings and physical infrastructure of schools that pursue sustainability, as well as improved academic performance due to the increased health and productivity benefits associated with better buildings and facilities.The research included a literature review, two workshops and a survey...

A low carbon living spatial data hub

Araz Taeihagh & Bill Randolph
This scoping project sits across two of the three program areas of the CRC. It aims to assess the scope for developing an integrated building level and cadastrally organised relational database and analysis capacity to link the full range of geo-coded data which will be necessary to operationalize the Living Laboratory concept as well as the broader objectives of the CRC LCL. It also reviews the requirements generated by the need to undertake a range...

Energy, transport, waste and water demand forecasting and scenario planning for precincts

Nicholas Holyoak
The following report presents the outcomes of the second workshop held for this project held on Tuesday the 24th September 2013 at Room BJ3-03 at the University of South Australia‟s City East Campus, Corner North Tce & Frome Rd, Adelaide from 10:00am until 4:30pm. The focus of this workshop is to follow on from the initial project workshop (CRC-LCL, 2013) and to address issues around and to establish a framework for integrated ETWW demand forecasting....

Energy, transport, waste and water demand forecasting and scenario planning for precincts

Nicholas Holyoak
The following report presents the outcomes of the third workshop associated with this project, held at the University of South Australia’s Mawson Lakes Campus, University Boulevard, Mawson Lakes, South Australia on Thursday the 15th of May 2014 at Room X1-03 at from 10:00am until 4:00pm.The focus of this workshop is to follow on from the second ETWW project workshop (Holyoak, 2014), focusing on model specification, development and integration for integrated ETWW demand forecasting.This report presents...

Rapid reviews for the built environment: methodology and guidelines

Malgorzata Lagisz, Gihan Samarasinghe & Shinichi Nakagawa
Systematic reviews and meta-analyses (based on systematic reviews) are considered “gold standard” for knowledge and evidence synthesis.However, their main limitation is the significant amount of time and resources that are usually required to produce a high-quality comprehensive systematic review or meta-analysis. Thus, they may not be feasible when evidence or knowledge summaries are required within a relatively short timeframes or on a limited budget.The authors propose rapid reviews as an alternative synthesis method suitable for the...

Digital services and communication platforms for residential energy customer engagement in Australia: rapid review

Malgorzata Lagisz, Gihan Samarasinghe, Shinichi Nakagawa, Faustino De La Peña Suarez, Elisha Frederiks & Paul Twomey
BackgroundRapid development of digital technologies, combined with advances in energy management, automation of devices and smart buildings, is presenting power utility companies with new opportunities for customer engagement. Although a growing body of international literature can shed light on this topic, it is also important to consider the implications for energy consumers in Australia more specifically. As such, this rapid review focuses squarely on the national context rather than adopting a broader global focus. Given...

Do green-rated office buildings save operational energy? Rapid review of comparative evidence

Malgorzata Lagisz, Gihan Samarasinghe, Shinichi Nakagawa, Anir Kumar Upadhyay, Faustino De La Peña Suarez & Paul Twomey
BackgroundIt is commonly assumed that buildings certified as “green” or “energy efficient” can save energy at operational stage, especially the buildings that achieved highest certification levels using green rating tools. However, literature shows that not all highly rated buildings consume less energy at operational stage (Oates et al. 2012). The differences in the estimates of energy savings may stem from the methodological quality of the studies comparing certified buildings with other buildings, especially the choice...

No bail, more jail? Breaking the nexus between community protection and escalating pre-trial detention

Marilyn McMahon
Victoria is experiencing an ‘incarceration crisis’, caused by an unprecedented growth in prisoner numbers. The key driver of this growth is the increasing number of persons who are denied bail and remanded into custody. As of 31 May 2019, 38% of adult prisoners in Victoria were being held on remand.The increase in the remand population is gendered, with higher rates for women—nearly half the women in Victorian prisons are now being held on remand. It is...

\"And they're off\" Industry health promotion investigation in Victorian thoroughbred participants

Jane Farmer, Hilary Davis, Ben Bullock & Christine Critchley
Summary:The Swinburne Centre for Social Impact partnered with Racing Victoria to collect health, psychological health and well-being data, using an online, anonymous survey method. We recruited members of the horse racing industry visiting a “Well-being Lounge” during the annual yearling sales at Oakland Junction, Victoria, early 2017; and by targeted email in mid-2017. The aim of this research was to gain evidence about the mental health and well-being of personnel working in the Victorian horse...

Reforming for value: opportunities for outcome-focused national health policy

Kate Raymond
Current national health policy emphasises costly and unsustainable scaling up of healthcare volume and perpetuates ongoing inequities in access to care.The Commonwealth Government’s Long-Term National Health Plan includes commitments to support flexible care models that do not rely on fee for service, as well as the development of a national preventative health strategy. However, without clear policy levers to measure and fund meaningful improvements in health outcomes, national efforts to achieve a vision of ‘a...

Safety, risk and wellbeing on dating apps: final report

Kath Albury, Paul Byron, Anthony McCosker, Tinonee Pym, Jarrod Walshe, Kane Race, Doreen Salon, Tim Wark, Jessica Botfield, Daniel Reeders & Christopher Dietzel

Call for the establishment of a primary health care national minimum dataset

Maddy Thorpe & Sharon Sweeney
There have been numerous calls to establish a national minimum data set for primary health care in Australia. Despite significant investment in the provision of primary health care services in Australia, little is known about what services are being delivered to whom, with what outcomes.Australia has a robust arrangement for the development of national minimum data set in the health sector. Data collected through existing national minimum data sets are used variously for reporting, planning,...

Improving access to housing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander renal patients with complex care needs

Stefanie Puzska
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in remote Northern Territory communities experience extremely high rates of end stage kidney disease. As renal services are limited in remote areas, most patients must relocate permanently to urban areas for treatment. However, as a consequence of social housing shortages in urban areas, patients experience housing exclusion and risk of homelessness.The Issues Brief recommends that the Commonwealth and Northern Territory Governments should consider an integrated care package that...

We want to know: financial stress, accommodation insecurity and food insecurity in undergraduate students

Monica Thielking, Nicole Brownfield, Stephen Quinn & Glen Bates

Regenerative cities - making cities work for people and planet: background paper

Herbert Girardet
Cities today absorb the bulk of the world’s natural resources, and their solid, liquid and gaseous wastes are often carelessly dumped somewhere in nature. But ‘environmental boomerangs’ are increasingly in evidence: In their own self-interest, cities urgently need to reduce their environmental impacts and ecological footprints, and to contribute towards regenerating damaged ecosystems. We need to think not just about sustaining the world's badly damaged ecosystems in an increasingly degraded condition, but about making strenuous efforts to regenerate them. Regenerative development is about giving back as well as taking – maintaining...

Viable integrated systems for zero carbon housing: Lochiel Park monitoring case study

David Whaley, Lachlan Mudge & Wasim Saman
This report delivers a part of the first year outputs of RP1006: Viable Integrated Systems for Zero Carbon Housing, including a review of national and international house energy rating schemes and a review of Australian and some international residential energy monitoring program case studies. It focuses on one of the foremost Australian-based housing energy monitoring programs, the Lochiel Park Green Village in South Australia, which is Australia's leading sustainable housing development. It summarises the energy consumption and...

Validating and improving the BASIX energy assessment tool for low-carbon dwellings: interim report - recruitment and data analysis

Monique Fouche, Robert H. Crawford, Soo Huey Teh, Hazel Rowley & Tommy Wiedmann
This project interim report presents the initial outcomes of the research that consist of:PART 1: Recruitment of participants from single dwellings and multi-unit dwellings, and initial data analysis of the stage 1 survey;PART 2: Analysis of the BASIX assessment model, key variables and methods of data collection for the stage 2 energy performance monitoring.The above initial outcomes contribute to the following overall project research activities:1) Recruitment of participants from single dwellings and multi-unit dwellings;2) Collection...

Informing the next generation residential energy assessment tools

Martin Belusko, Lachlan Mudge, David Whaley, Rehnuma Parveen, Wasim Saman, Michael Ambrose, Dong Chen & Zhengen Ren
The Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme, commonly known as NatHERS, which is applied through software tools such as AccuRate Sustainability, has become the predominant pathway for complying with energy efficiency requirements within the National Construction Code of Australia. Current energy efficiency regulations have remained unchanged for a decade and there is an intention to increase these requirements, through mandating a higher minimum star rating for buildings. Furthermore, existing energy efficiency regulations only cover the building...

ISCA ‘Infrastructure Sustainability’ rating tool and low carbon tendering

Charlie Hargroves
Road agencies face growing pressure to respond to issues related to climate change, resource shortages, and shifting transport mode preferences. A key part of this response will be to reduce the dependency on fossil fuel based energy (and the associated greenhouse gas emissions) of transport infrastructure. As part of the Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre the research team from the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute is developing a project focused on the strategies and...

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