The key research tasks are those requested and supported by stakeholders. The Research Node for Low Carbon Living places emphasis on providing viable solutions for producing deep cuts in energy and services bills while improving wellbeing and thermal comfort for all Australians. The Node actively engages with industry and government partners to develop products and services for sustainable urban developments, as well as retrofit solutions for existing housing and other buildings.
Our research helps industry and government transition to zero carbon homes and estates, helps create low energy and highly productive workplaces, and helps transition to healthy walkable cities where urban design puts people ahead of cars.
Our research incorporate techniques such as choice modelling to understand how consumers make purchase decisions in relation to cleantech and links this with the benefits to the community and local industry (wellbeing, health, economic and environmental). We assist our partners to understand the value propositions that will encourage the adoption of low carbon urban design principles, products and solutions.
The Node makes a difference to South Australian industry with:
- End user driven research
- Access to world class research
- Cost effective solutions for a sustainable built environment
- Tapping global knowledge for solving local challenges
Low Carbon Living at Lochiel Park
Australia's model green village, the environmentally sustainable residential estate at Lochiel Park, has been a showcase of environmentally sustainable technologies and practices. Our researchers are involved in this 'living laboratory', shaping the environmental targets, monitoring performance, and undertaking an extensive research program.
This multidisciplinary living laboratory located 14km northeast of the Adelaide CBD, has helped create a detailed understanding of low carbon homes and their impact, informing sustainable housing decisions throughout the world.
The findings from our studies of Lochiel Park have been published in a number of research papers.
For further information on low carbon living please visit our research projects page or contact Wasim Saman or Stephen Berry.