Low Carbon Home and Building Guides Launched

The CRC for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL) has launched a suite of low carbon living guides offering professionals and consumers 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 suite of Low Carbon Guides consist of:

Guide to low carbon residential new build

This document offers practical advice to developers and owner builders on how to achieve these objectives through the conception and realisation of a new home.

Guide to low carbon households

Occupants, or householders, may be owners or renters and there may be multiple householders within one dwelling. This document recognises the needs and capacities of these different householder groups and, where appropriate, also addresses the needs of households in different climate zones.

Guide to low carbon landscapes

This guide is an 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.

Guide to low carbon residential retrofit

The document builds on key research conducted nationally by individuals and organisations, including the Australian Government’s Department of Environment and Energy and local universities, working in the areas of low carbon retrofit options, housing typology and climate.

Guide to urban cooling strategies

This document provides practical guidance 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 precinct design assessment

A convergence of digital innovation with advanced knowledge from the fields of urban planning and design, social science, computer science, engineering and construction has been harnessed in this guide to create an advanced information platform for transformative built environment planning and design focused on precinct scale modelling and performance assessment.

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.

Copies of the guides can be found at www.builtbetter.org/lowcarbonguides