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The CRC for Low Carbon Living's research leverages world class expertise from five universities and CSIRO as well as the wealth of knowledge provided by all its participants. The research builds on multidisciplinary expertise, existing technology development, social research and national benchmark software tools.

While international research suggests some possible pathways for carbon reduction in the built environment, the CRCLCL is particularly necessary for discovering the underlying principles of low carbon living in the Australian context, addressing the unique requirements of the Australian climate, construction practices, demographics and policy environment.

The CRCLCL will build upon its expertise in sustainable urban design, solar energy, energy efficiency, decision support software and community engagement for the built environment. The UN Environment Program has recognised the world leading capability of the CRCLCL team and the value of its research, and aims to transfer the results internationally.

The CRCLCL has three research programs, reflecting the three pivotal "bridges" that must be crossed in order to deliver a low carbon built environment.

Program 1: Integrated Building Systems

Program 2: Low Carbon Precincts

Program 3: Engaged Communities

A Program may consist of one or more of the CRCLCL's eight Impact Pathways, representing specific areas in which the CRCLCL expects to transform the low carbon built environment.