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Low carbon home and building guides launched

Posted 11 July 2019 - 3:18pm



The CRC for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL) has launched a suite of low carbon living guides offering consumers and professionals easy to use information on low carbon homes and buildings. 

The user-friendly guides will help consumers and professionals make informed decisions about their home, commercial property or development project – from understanding an electricity bill to creating a sustainable precinct.

The guide series is housed on the CRCLCL’s research legacy portal a permanent home for the reports, conference papers, journal articles and fact sheets produced over the Centre's seven year lifespan.

The suite of Low Carbon Guides consist of:

  • Guide to Low Carbon Households – providing advice to homeowners and renters on operating households using low carbon living approaches
  • Guide to Low Carbon Residential Buildings – New Build – providing new build options for homeowners, builders and designers during the planning and construction of new homes
  • Guide to Low Carbon Residential Buildings – Retrofit – providing retrofit solutions for existing homes, tailored for homeowners and their contractors
  • Guide to Low Carbon Precincts – providing frameworks and options to assist councils and developers with strategic planning decisions when implementing low-carbon neighbourhoods
  • Coming soon - Guide to Low Carbon Commercial Buildings – New Build – providing design and construction of low carbon commercial buildings information
  • Coming soon - Guide to Low Carbon Commercial Buildings – Retrofit – retrofitting commercial buildings to improve performance while reducing energy and carbon use
  • Guide to Low Carbon Landscapes – offers practical insights for homeowners, builders and designers to illustrate what low carbon landscapes are, how they function and the benefits they provide.

The CRCLCL’s Chief Executive Officer, Professor Deo Prasad said the publications are designed for practical use in the market and will be part of the organisation’s legacy as it winds up after 30 June.

“These guides draw on the significant body of research the CRCLCL has funded over the past seven years, now encompassed in these practical tools to help reduce and manage the built environment’s carbon footprint,” he said.

“As buildings are responsible for 30-40% of prime energy used, these guides will help to future proof our cities by helping people make informed decisions when building or renovating.

“Importantly, buildings are responsible for a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions in Australia, so the built environment sector must take action to mitigate emissions if we’re to meet current targets of net zero emissions by 2050 and a 26–28% reduction in emissions relative to 2005 levels by 2030,” said Professor Prasad.

All the guides are designed to work as companions offering advice and tips while addressing a variety of needs.