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.
Areas of study and research
- Health Research
- Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA)
- Centre for Cancer Biology
- Centre for Drug Discovery and Development
- Centre for Population Health Research
- Centre of Research Excellence for the Prevention of Chronic Conditions in Rural and Remote High Risk Populations
- International Centre for Allied Health Evidence
- Medicine and Device Surveillance CRE
- Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre
and Social Sciences
- Art, Architecture and Design
- Communication, International Studies and Languages
- Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy
- Hawke Research Institute
- Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety
- Australian Centre for Child Protection
- Barbara Hardy Institute
- Centre for Research in Education
- Hawke EU Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence
- Centre for Islamic Thought and Education
- International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding
- Research Centre for Languages and Cultures
- Zero Waste SA Research Centre for Sustainable Design and Behaviour (sd+b)
IT, Engineering and
- Future Industries Institute
- UniSA College