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Precinct information modelling: outcomes report

Jim Plume, John Mitchell & David Marchant
The work undertaken in the CRCLCL PIM Project (RP2011) was presented at an Industry Symposium on 15 September 2017. The aim was to demonstrate how Precinct Information Modelling (PIM), based on an open information exchange standard, can enable more effective urban planning, design and management at a precinct scale. The objectives of the event were:To present key aspects of the precinct data model and related processes and outputs (including a database interface and a concept...

Building code energy performance trajectory: Final technical report

Paul Bannister, Sam Moffitt, Hongsen Zhang, Daniel Johnston, Daniel Shen, Duane Robinson, Paul Cooper, Zhenjun Ma, Laia Ledo Gomis, Lewis Green, Luke Reedman & Philip Harrington
The buildings sector is responsible for approximately 23% of Australia’s carbon emissions. The Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC), the peak body for sustainability in the built environment, has identified that improving the minimum standards for energy efficiency of new buildings can assist in delivering carbon emissions reductions. One of the key tools in delivering improved building efficiency is the National Construction Code (NCC), which sets the minimum standards for new building work in Australia....

Local Government renewables group purchasing

Paris Hadfield
Urban stakeholders have a key role as end-users in the transition to a renewable and more resilient energy system. The Melbourne Renewable Energy Project (MREP) is an innovative procurement model through which urban stakeholders across sectors are procuring renewable electricity in collaboration. Expansion of group renewable Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) among metropolitan councils of Melbourne, building on the MREP pilot, has been identified as a resilience- building activity as part of the Resilient Melbourne Strategy’s...

Mainstreaming low carbon retrofits in social housing

Daniel Daly, J. Halldorsson, L. Kempton & Paul Cooper
The current CRC Low Carbon Living Research Project (RP3044) has the aim to encourage mainstream uptake of low carbon retrofits in social housing. The social housing sector, including public, community and Aboriginal housing, own or manage a significant proportion of residential property in Australia; the management is relatively centralised as compared with owner-occupiers and is governed by design and performance standards. The sector therefore presents an opportunity for a large scale, aggregated approach which could...

Evaluation of next-generation automated fault detection & diagnostics (FDD) tools for commercial building energy efficiency

Josh Wall & Ying Guo
Beyond expensive building and equipment upgrades and retrofits, re-commissioning (analogous to performing a comprehensive tune-up on your car) and automated fault detection and diagnostics (FDD) for building systems offer significant energy efficiency opportunities in commercial buildings.With Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems attributed to 40-50% of commercial building energy consumption (46 Mt CO2-eq. p.a.) in Australia (Pitt & Sherry, 2012), FDD tools and services are driving energy savings and emissions reductions, in addition to...

Mapping the adoption processes of energy efficient products in the residential sector: final report

Magnus Moglia, Aneta M. Podkalicka, Leorey Marquez, Sarah Fiess, James McGregor & Charles Xu
This report provides a summary of the research activities in the research project RP3028: A Virtual Market for Analysing the Uptake of Energy Efficiency Measures in Residential and Commercial Sectors.To enable the development of policy programs to increase adoption of energy-efficient products, there is a need to develop a knowledge base from which it is possible to understand the likely success of policy interventions.The required knowledge will be based on a combination of data and...

Media/Home Renovations ‘I’d just Google it’: media and home renovation practices in Australia

Kath Hulse, Aneta M. Podkalicka, Esther Milne, Tomi Winfree & Gavin Melles
This is the first report of a project examining ways of making energy efficient home renovations mainstream rather than a niche activity as is currently the case. Homes are a major contributor to carbon dioxide emissions in Australia; most emanating from the 98 per cent of established homes rather than the less than 2 per cent of new homes built each year. We know from government and industry research that the Australian home renovation sector...

Future finance and business: potential for disruptive contributions to urban decarbonisation and resilience - expert consultation summary notes

A Idil Gaziulusoy, Paul Twomey, John Wiseman & Chris Ryan
The Visions and Pathways 2040 Expert Consultation for Future Business and Finance was part of a series of research and workshop activities aimed at identifing key disruptive forces relevant for contributing to the 2040 targets set by the project. Undertaken during June-July 2015, it involved a total of 27 people with expertise in the development of innovative financing and business models with a particular focus on the implications of these developments for triggering and driving rapid decarbonisation in urban settings. The expertise covered by the participants...

Digital services and communication platforms for residential energy customer engagement: rapid meta-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. Primary literature on this topic is too vast to be covered in a single review. Thus, we focus on existing systematic reviews and meta-analyses.ObjectivesThe main question guiding this rapid review was: “Drawing on secondary literature that employs systematic review and meta-analytic approaches, what do we know about...

Researching the researchers: policy research in non-government organisations in the human services sector

Susan Goodwin & Ruth Phillips
In recent years, Australian non-government human service organisations have increasingly allocated resources to policy research through the establishment of policy research units or policy research positions. This development signals a further way in which the role of NGOs in Australia has broadened, in addition to increasing their activities as welfare service providers and advocates for social change, they are increasingly involved in the production of knowledge for social policy development.Researching the researchers reports on a...

Energy efficient swimming pools – engagement and utilization

Jianzhou Zhao & Alistair B. Sproul
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.This partnership enabled Simply Better Pool Savings to utilise the research outputs from the CRC LCL Project RP1014 which investigated the use of low flow operation of solar pool heating and low flow operation for pool filtering. Residential pools account for up...

Re-orienting funding from volume to value in public dental services

Shalika Hegde & Rebecca Haddock
This Issues Brief focusses on funding reforms for public dental health services that will be required to achieve value-based health care in Australia. Using Dental Health Service Victoria’s (DHSV) learnings from a value-based health care implementation and funding model reform, this brief draws on local and international examples that provides the rationale and evidence for funding reforms that maximise value and outcomes for patients, government and the health system.In Australia, there exists a persistent tension...

Centre for Workplace Excellence submission to the Inquiry into Workplace Fatigue and Bullying in South Australian Hospitals and Health Services

Michelle R. Tuckey, Yiqiong Li & Annabelle M. Neall
In this submission we:Summarise evidence demonstrating that bullying at work arises from the nature of the work and, especially, how work is coordinated and managed in organisations;Explain how workplace bullying can be risk managed as a work health and safety hazard; andOverview the development and potential applications of a new evidence-based risk audit tool for the risk management of workplace bullying.

Measuring Australia’s digital divide: the Australian digital inclusion index 2019

Julian Thomas, Jo Barraket, Chris Wilson, Ellie Rennie, Scott Ewing & Trent MacDonald

Assistive technology for older Australians: rapid evidence review and economic pathway analysis

Natasha Layton & Corey Irlam

Debts and disappointment: mothers’ experiences of the child support system

Kay Cook, Zoë Goodall, Juanita McLaren & Terese Edwards

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