Urban Environment
Emissions Reduction Actions


Urban Environment

"Decarbonising our cities and towns is critically important. In Australia, the building sector accounts for about 36% of overall carbon emissions".

Low Carbon Guides for the Built Environment

The Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL) is a national research and innovation hub for the built environment. It aims to influence policies and practices to reduce carbon emissions, improve energy efficiency and realise other co-benefits while driving competitive advantage for Australian industry. It has undertaken more than 100 research projects with industry and government partners and supported almost 100 PhD and Masters students.

The stormwater detention sump
at WGV has been landscaped to also double as a biodiversity pocket and useable open space when dry

Photo: Josh Byrne & Associates

New Build

In Australia the residential housing sector alone contributes around 9% of the country’s total reportable greenhouse gas emissions. Intervening in new-build constructions to encourage low carbon choices, therefore, helps Australia meet its international emissions commitments to combat dangerous climate change.

Residential Retrofit

Historically, policy on reducing carbon emissions has focused on regulating new-build projects; however, with less than 2% of the building stock in Australia replaced each year, there is a clear need to reduce carbon emissions in homes that have already been built and occupied.

Guide to low carbon households

The guide is a companion to the Guide to Low Carbon Residential Buildings – Retrofit, which offers advice on upgrades and adaptations to a home to improve its comfort and reduce energy bills and carbon emissions.

Urban Cooling Strategies

Practical guide for built environment professionals and regulatory agencies seeking to optimise development projects to moderate urban microclimates and mitigate urban heat island effects in major urban centres across a range of climates in Australia

Guide to low carbon landscapes

This is a brief introduction that offers practical insights for homeowners, builders and designers to illustrate what low carbon landscapes are, how they function and the benefits they provide. Four residential retrofit landscape projects are featured, followed by one example from each of the other building types.

Guide to low carbon precincts

This document is a resource for anyone planning or assessing new low carbon precincts. Its advice complements existing policy and may be of use to developers, planners, policy makers and the community—anyone who is seeking to understand how to create sustainable urban outcomes.

A Guide for Every Situation

Each Low Carbon Guide summarises best practice in various phases of the building lifecycle—construction, retrofit, operation—for a range of building types in the residential and commercial sectors and at the level of precincts. The series includes:

" The best way to plan for people is to plan with them. "

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