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RP3034: Community co-design of low carbon precincts for urban regeneration in established suburbs

Project leader name: 
Dr Stephen Glackin, Swinburne University of Technology
Project status: 
Current
Project period: 
07/2016 to 06/2019

Intensification of development that is required in established and occupied inner and middle suburban greyfield areas (retrofit) is the great challenge for our fast growing Australian cities. The scale of urban regeneration required over the next 30 years has the potential to reduce carbon emissions, improve housing affordability and reduce urban sprawl. It is also financially attractive because it utilizes existing infrastructure and unlocks underutilized land value.

This project will deliver new workable processes, standards and certification procedures, drawing on state of the art design and assessment tools, which enable community groups to work with local governments, state agencies and property developers, to co-design more sustainable, medium density, low carbon housing precincts. These procedures/protocols are designed to enable the type and rate of urban regeneration envisaged in all of the metropolitan strategic plans for Australia’s capital cities (70% infill targets for Sydney and Melbourne) by building trust, reducing conflict and increasing incentives, leading to reduced development costs and more sustainable neighbourhoods.

 The project will work with: (i) industry partners to develop a detailed business model for low carbon neighbourhood regeneration, (ii) researchers and existing tool providers to develop the certification product, (iii) a leading practitioner in precinct regeneration and neighbourhood engagement to assure compliance with engagement protocols and (iv) three case study communities and their local governments to trial and validate the proposed processes, standards and activation utilisation procedures.