The Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL) has worked closely with the University of South Australia (the UniSA Node), five other universities across Australia as well as industry partners, to develop next-generation, low carbon materials and technologies to help develop sustainable cities.

The CRC LCL staged a series of nationwide events to celebrate seven years of continuous research with its university and industry partners. The research to Reality Expo’s celebrated and marked the closure of the CRCLCL in 2019, and in South Australia UniSA hosted an Expo to showcase regional and national projects and CRCLCL achievements.

Videos of all the presentations are available to view online.

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Cooperative Research Centres are designed to build capacity to address significant national and international challenges. The CRC for Low Carbon Living is no exception. Across the seven years of this CRC we have established a new generation of expert, industry connected early career researchers; we have built new and enduring links between industry, government and research; we have created new tools for measuring our impacts; and we have created new knowledge that will help deliver a low carbon future. In this session our speakers will highlight some of the legacy of this CRC at both a local and national level.

CRC LCL Legacies 

Physical and social infrastructure

To create a low carbon built environment we will need new ways of thinking and acting. The CRC for Low Carbon Living has created a legacy of new knowledge, tools, systems, technologies and programmes to reduce our impact on the planet. In this session our speakers highlighted some of the innovative projects we had developed to create the physical and social infrastructure that can help shape a low carbon future.

Energy and embodied carbon
Low carbon schools community program
Low carbon tourism and communities
Energy bench marking for water recycling project

Urban development

Australia is one of the most urbanised nations, with 90 per cent of the population living in just 0.22 per cent of the country’s land area, and our carbon impact acutely driven by how we develop our cities. By utilising the concept of Urban Living Laboratories, the CRC for Low Carbon Living has been able to build a more detailed understanding of how to create productive, safe, affordable and above all low carbon urban developments. In this session our speakers highlighted new tools, new knowledge and new ways of thinking about low carbon urban development.

Urban Heat/ Cooling Cities
Sharing economy mobility services
Adelaide Living Laboratory Hub

Behaviour change

Our carbon impact is the sum of millions of individual decisions made by us on a daily basis. It is our behaviour, the choices we make, that determines the impact of the built environment. In this session our speakers highlighted ways we can rethink the concept of renovations, or what we choose as a new home, and showcased how we utilise the partnership of the CRC to engage more widely to create a lower carbon built environment. Residential and commercial building retrofits, as well as successful implementation in low carbon affordable retrofits.

Behaviour change and demonstration projects
ZEH (Zero Emissions Homes)

Research to Reality Expo videos

The Research to Reality Expo was presented in four themes and all presentations are available to view online.