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22 February 2017 - 4:44pm

There is increasing adoption of water and energy efficient design and technology in our homes, but in many cases how we operate them means they often fall short of their potential. Uncertainty surrounding the extent of this behavioural impact is often used as a reason not to mandate more stringent efficiency standards. The reality is the degree of behavioural impact is poorly understood, let alone what it takes to change it.

20 February 2017 - 4:00pm

2017, "Roof-top Solar Hits a Crossroad – Are Smart Meters the Answer?", Deo Prasad, Sourceable

Australian rooftop solar is now at a crossroads – but it’s all positive. New technologies mean big data can be gathered from systems so that performance can be monitored and alerts raised if problems occur.

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14 February 2017 - 3:00pm

2017, "Sydney weather: How urbanisation creates hot microclimates in our suburbs", The Sydney Morning Herald

"In beachside Clovelly, thermal images show sunbakers glowing yellow and green as they lounge by the ocean. The concrete around them shows up red, almost white in places, as its surface temperature shoots to 56 degrees, while the deep blue of the water registers as 23 degrees.

It was a hot spot for those hoping to cool down during as the heatwave hit. But Jonathan Fox, an expert in urban microclimates, said the extreme heat he measured in western Sydney left it in the shade."

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23 January 2017 - 12:00am

Emeritus Professor Denny McGeorge is Education Leader at the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL), where he is responsible for educational development and building capacity. Professor McGeorge has had a long-term engagement in research in building performance, particularly in the field of embodied energy. General Manager of Engineers Australia Sydney Greg Ewing recently met with CRCLCL CEO Scientia Professor Deo Prasad to discuss environmental sustainability and collaborating their efforts.

10 January 2017 - 1:10pm

2016, "Low Carbon Living: A Societal Work in Progress", Deo Prasad, Sourceable

"As world governments continue to ratify the Paris Agreement, which Australia finally did in November, they formalise their commitments to keep carbon emissions “well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius.”

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2 December 2016 - 4:18pm

Author: Hayley Byford

The CRC for Low Carbon Living in association with project partners CSIRO, Sydney Water, SA Water, Renewal SA, AECOM, Victorian Building Authority, University of New South Wales, Flinders University and the University of South Australia, presented results from the research project ‘RP2002 Integrated ETWW Demand Forecasting and Scenario Planning for Precincts’. The project is designed to improve demand forecasting for energy, transport, water and waste utilities and services through the development of new integrated tools, benchmarked against Australian urban developments.

29 November 2016 - 2:20pm

2016, "CRCLCL event: geopolymer concrete to hit city streets, biocomposite timber solves landfill problem", Architecture and Design

"The City of Sydney could be using low carbon geopolymer concrete for paving stones and precast structures very soon, but it could be a while before the private sector parts way with its long-time friend in Portland cement. In his presentation at the CRC for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL) Participants Annual Forum on 15 November, Craig Heidrich of the Ash Development Association of Australia and Australasian (iron & steel) Slag Association updated the audience on the progress of his research project, conducted with UNSW, which is exploring ways to remove barriers to the uptake of low carbon geopolymer concrete in Australia." Read the full piece here

29 November 2016 - 10:10am

 

2016, "A German co-housing boost for Australia’s biggest living laboratory project", Architecture and Design

Construction on the biggest living laboratory project ever to be undertaken in Australia is well underway and has just had a new German-style cooperative housing complex added to its ranks. Speaking at the recent CRC for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL) Participants Annual Forum in Sydney, Curtin University’s Josh Byrne, better known as the name and face behind the Josh’s House project in Fremantle, announced that the final plot of land at the White Gum Valley residential estate in Western Australia will be developed into Australia’s first high-density ‘baugruppen’ apartment complex.

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28 November 2016 - 12:00am

2016, "Josh Byrne-led project encouraging developers to build zero energy homes", Architecture and Design

"Environmental scientist and television presenter Josh Byrne will lead the National Zero Energy Homes project to encourage Australian developers to build zero energy homes (ZEH). Launched by the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL) at its Participants Annual Forum on 15-16 November , the National Zero Energy Homes project involves the construction of three zero energy display homes in new housing developments across Australia, and analysing the data collected to measure consumer interest in ZEH features."

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28 November 2016 - 12:00am

2016, "Josh Byrne to lead national zero energy homes project", The Fifth Estate

"Environmental scientist and television presenter Josh Byrne is set to lead a new project to help get developers building zero energy homes. The Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL) National Zero Energy Homes project, which was announced at Tuesday’s annual CRCLCL Participants Forum in Sydney, will include the construction of three zero energy display homes in new housing developments across Australia, with data collected to measure consumer interest in zero-energy home (ZEH) features."

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