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Rob Salter, 31 October 2014

Rob Salter is project leader for the Livewell Clusters project. The project researches barriers to and drivers of community engagement for low-carbon living, by actively engaging residents in the City of Yarra.

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Living Labs in Europe – Insights from a traveller

Athena Prib, 05 September 2014

Phil Donaldson from CRC for Low Carbon Living partner Renewal SA and the Adelaide Living Laboratory took time out of his recent European holiday to gain insight into how Living Labs have been approached in Europe. He also visited the CAPS2014 (Collective Awareness Platforms (CAPS) for Sustainability and Social Innovation) conference in Brussels and has come back with many stories to tell.

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Media Communications and Design, Sustainable Renovations: Two PhD Scholarships available

Athena Prib, 04 September 2014

Are you interested in creating a sustainable renovation culture in Australia? Apply for our PhD scholarships in media, communications and design. Deadline extended: 1 October 2014

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Scottish government tool for Low Carbon Living attitudes

Athena Prib, 01 September 2014

CRCLCL researcher Dr Gavin Melles from Swinburne University raises our attention to the ISM (Individual, Social, Material) tool, an interesting initiative of the Scottish Government under its Low Carbon Behaviours Framework. The ISM tool offers a practical way for policy makers and practitioners to consider the different contexts that influence people’s behaviours.

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PhD scholarship available - PIM: An open digital information standard

Athena Prib, 12 August 2014

This scholarship provides a unique opportunity to be part of a team at the forefront of advanced modelling of digital built environment at a precinct scale, with a particular focus on urban sustainability.

The CRC for Low Carbon Living offers a PhD scholarship embedded in the “PIM: An open digital information standard for the exchange of precinct information supporting carbon management throughout the urban development lifecycle” project.

Deadline for applications now: 5 September 2014

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PhD scholarship available - Integrated Carbon Metrics Project

Athena Prib, 12 August 2014

Do you have a passion for sustainability and an interest in informing the development of tools for a low-carbon built environment?

The CRC for Low Carbon Living offers a PhD scholarship embedded in the Integrated Carbon Metrics Project.

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3 PhD Scholarships Available – ‘Closing the Loop’ project | Help shape the future of sustainable building design

Athena Prib, 06 August 2014

Looking for the opportunity to make a substantial contribution to the future of sustainable building design? Want to be part of a project team helping to create the next generation of sustainable buildings? Construction industry giant Brookfield Multiplex and leading design and engineering consultancies HASSELL and AECOM have partnered with the CRC for Low Carbon Living and leading Australian universities in a three year project to demonstrate the impact of building design on people’s health, wellbeing, productivity and the environment.

The deadline for applications is NOW Friday 5 Septmber 2014.

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Low carbon visions for industrialised buildings in Australia

Athena Prib, 18 July 2014

What are the opportunities to adopt modular construction practices in Australia as a means of tackling issues of energy and emissions? Some of our research partners recently gathered to hear an informative presentation on industrialised buildings from visiting expert, Dr Al-Hussein from the University of Alberta, Canada.

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Perth and Stockholm visits support collaboration and help shape research directions

Athena Prib, 17 June 2014

Recent visits to Perth and Stockholm have strengthened the CRC for Low Carbon Living’s international collaborative relationships and provided insights to help shape research directions. The CRC Association’s annual conference in Perth focused on opportunities in Asia; while the Productivity Talks in Stockholm have revealed the CRCLCL as an industry leader and forged new links with Swedish organisations in our field.

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Program Leadership Group on the front foot

Athena Prib, 16 June 2014

The Program Leadership Group for the CRC for Low Carbon Living gathered in Sydney earlier this month for a two-day workshop focused on aligning goals and evaluating progress of projects and programs across the organisation. We are seeking to use our accumulated insight over two years to shape how best to meet the needs of our stakeholders and deliver on our contract and vision with even greater clarity.

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Project Update (RP3011): Livewell Clusters model to help embed culture of wellbeing and low-carbon living

Athena Prib, 03 June 2014

The CRC for Low Carbon Living research project on Community Carbon Reduction and Wellbeing Enhancement (RP3011) was launched in March to establish the effectiveness of ‘Livewell Clusters’ for driving change and embedding a culture of high-quality, low-carbon living. The first community-based ‘living laboratories’ trial will get underway in Melbourne’s City of Yarra in September.

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PHD SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE – Community-based carbon emissions reduction

Athena Prib, 16 May 2014

Are you interested in studying for a PhD in an exciting and important area – community-based carbon emissions reduction?

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Productivity Talks in Stockholm to focus on collaboration and information exchange for low carbon living and more

Athena Prib, 09 May 2014

On 22-23 May in Stockholm, CRC for Low Carbon Living CEO, Deo Prasad, and Deputy Chairman, Sandy Hollway, will participate in Productivity Talks, a series of workshops and roundtables focused on collaboration and information exchange between Swedish and Australian industry, R&D groups and government. The talks include sessions on ecosystem services, sustainable urban development and low carbon living.

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PhD scholarship available

Athena Prib, 05 May 2014

Are you interested in studying for a PhD in an exciting and important area?

The CRC for Low Carbon Living offers a PhD scholarship embedded in the Integrated Carbon Metrics Project.

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2014 Greening Universities Toolkit – Get your University Green Strategies into the 2014 edition

Athena Prib, 17 April 2014

The 2014 edition of the Greening Universities Toolkit is under development by Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES) and the Eye on Environmental Education Special Initiative, United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) Environmental Education and Training Unit, together with the CRC for Low Carbon Living. University entries due by 30 April 2014.

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"At times of great uncertainty, the only way to predict the future is to design it" Project Update RP3008: Visions and Pathways 2040

Athena Prib, 15 April 2014

We have an update from CRCLCL flagship project, "Visions and Pathways 2040". They have started to embark on a series of visioning workshops across Melbourne and Sydney. The project looks to enable the immense range of research and predict future impact for low carbon living, as well as provide strategic advice to the CRCLCL in its direction for research.

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Annual Report Highlights 2012-13

Athena Prib, 27 March 2014

The CRC for Low Carbon Living has released its Annual Report Highlights for 2012-13, it is now available to download.

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Event Summary Update: Can Australia Crack its Infrastructure Conundrum

Athena Prib, 26 March 2014

If you missed the recent presentation "Can Australia Crack its Infrastructure Conundrum: A Critical Role for Research" by Mr Garry Bowditch Executive Director and CEO SMART Infrastructure Facility, it is now available to download.

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PhD Scholarship Available

Maria Schwensen, 18 March 2014

Are you interested in studying for a PhD in an exciting and important area – community-based carbon emissions reduction?

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Seminar: For Blue Mountains’ Tourism and Hospitality businesses, "Low Carbon Tourism: Building Sustainable Communities Initiative"

Athena Prib, 11 March 2014

A special seminar on "Low Carbon Tourism: Building Sustainable Communities Initiative", is open to businesses in the Blue Mountains region on the 18th March 2014. A project funded by the CRC for low carbon living to help tourism and hospitality businesses reduce their carbon footprint.

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Game-based learning to reduce carbon footprint

Athena Prib, 06 March 2014

The game-based learning to reduce carbon footprint project is commencing with newly appointed project lead Professor Leon Sterling and project manager Blaise Murphet. Swinburne University of Technology will lead a project that aims to educate and motivate people to work collaboratively to adopt low carbon products and services. With a range of industry and industry peak bodies as partners it will deliver innovative mobile learning applications that engage professionals, tradespeople and consumers in relation to low carbon living outcomes in built environment projects.

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Urban Micro Climates Project Update

Athena Prib, 05 March 2014

Urban Micro Climates project has been making good progress. Highlighted by its second meeting with its industry and government partners, recent publications and conference attendance, and the latest coverage by the press during the February heat waves.

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Event: Can Australia Crack its Infrastructure Conundrum: A Critical Role for Research

Athena Prib, 03 March 2014

The CRC for Low Carbon Living and UNSW's Faculty of the Built Environment invites you to attend an event discussing: "Can Australia Crack its Infrastructure Conundrum: A Critical Role for Research" presenting Mr Garry Bowditch Executive Director and CEO SMART Infrastructure Facility, University of Wollongong.

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Josh's house wins big at MBA awards

Athena Prib, 26 February 2014

The team behind Josh's House were the big winners at the 2014 Master Builders-Bankwest Housing Excellence Awards in Perth on Saturday night, winning the Waterwise Home, Most Liveable Home and Excellence in Energy Efficiency categories. Josh’s House is one of the three Living Laboratories being funded by the CRC, and a leading example of low carbon building development in Australia.

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Key Note Lecture & Panel Discussion: Between Green and Sustainable: Emerging Ideas for Asia and Australia

Athena Prib, 31 January 2014

Holcim Australia, the CRC for Low Carbon Living and the University of New South Wales invites you to a keynote lecture and panel discussion: "Between Green and Sustainable Emerging Ideas for Asia and Australia", presenting internationally-known advocate for sustainable architecture, Nirmal Kishnan.

5.30-7.30pm, Thursday 27 February 2014

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Sustainability leader honoured

Athena Prib, 26 January 2014

A commitment to sustainability and the development of greener cities has resulted in Australia Day honours for Scientia Professor Deo Prasad, CEO of the CRC for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL). He has been appointed as an Officer of the General Division of the Order of Australia.

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GBCA seeking Interns for their Sydney office

Athena Prib, 24 December 2013

The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) is looking for passionate interns in their Sydney office. They are a national not-for-profit organisation committed to the development of a sustainable property industry for Australia through the adoption of green building practices. GBCA promotes the development of sustainable, affordable and liveable buildings, communities and cities trough education and and professional development programs Australia wide. The GBCA is a member of the the CRC's SME and Peak Body Network.

Applications close 31st Jan 2014, to find out more details check out: http://bit.ly/1fD8Ka1

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Low Carbon Precincts: Direct Action on Carbon Mitigation by Urban Design

Maria Schwensen, 11 December 2013

CRC for Low Carbon Living has just released a scoping study report: Performance Assessment of Urban Precinct Design which examines the functionality of leading Australian precinct assessment and rating tools in relation to carbon, sustainability and resilience as well as their underpinning information platforms.

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3 DAY COURSE - SUSTAINABILITY MANAGEMENT, CARBON AND WATER FOOTPRINTING

Maria Schwensen, 11 December 2013

The UNSW Water Research Centre in Sydney is running 3-day workshop held 11-13 February 2014: Sustainability Management, Carbon and Water Footprinting - be smart and benefit from business opportunities

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WORKSHOP - GREEN BUILDINGS AND CARBON INITIATIVES IN AUSTRALIA AND CHINA

Maria Schwensen, 10 December 2013

The CRC for Low Carbon Living hosted representatives from the Beijing Municipal Commission. We saw this is a great opportunity to host a workshop focusing on Green buildings and carbon initiatives in Australia and China.

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​3 PhD Scholarships available

Maria Schwensen, 07 November 2013

3 PhD Scholarships available as part of the four year project: Visions and Pathways 2050 – for a low carbon resilient Australian urban environment, funded by the CRC for Low Carbon Living.

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Tackling Urban Heat. The Urban Micro Climates research project for Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide

Maria Schwensen, 06 November 2013

Urban Micro Climates research project explores the evidence base for urban policy formulation and delivers strategies for reduced energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions reduction in cooler cities. It applies international knowledge of urban micro climates to three Australian cities (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide) and their particular challenges.

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Towards low carbon transport

Tim Horton, 28 October 2013

On 29-30 October, the CRC hosted a national workshop to help build our research agenda in low carbon transport - including Electric vehicles, active travel like cycling and walking, putting people at the centre of our transport modelling software and a range of other important questions.

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Transdisciplinary collaboration is the answer

Maria Schwensen, 28 October 2013

University of Melbourne researcher, Dr Idil Gaziulusoy contributes her thoughts on the CRC's October workshop, and decides that the secret to finding the solutions we are looking for, will mean translating capabilities between the many specialist fields.

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October Participants Forum: designing for collaboration

Tim Horton, 28 October 2013

At our Sydney Participants Forum on 24-25 October we tried something different. In essence we designed an extended role-play exercise intended to draw people out of professional silos to engage at the level of broad thematics to co-design some key research projects for further development. At the same time, it was about building visibility between project ideas to better link up research interests and promote better integration across our 3 research streams; integrated building systems; low carbon precincts and engaged communities.

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CRC LCL LIVING LABORATORIES: JOSH’S HOUSE

Maria Schwensen, 22 October 2013

Josh’s House in Hilton WA has been built with ambitious energy efficiency targets in mind, with modelling indicating a 90% energy reduction when compared to a typical Aussie family home. CRC research findings will be fully road tested in living laboratories like Josh’s House to ensure that results are robust, tangible and appealing. Results will be used to develop community education and training resources including for mass media dissemination.

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SOLAR ANALYTICS MONITORING SYSTEM

Maria Schwensen, 22 October 2013

One of the keys to addressing the challenge of climate change is being able to measure whether new carbon pollution reduction products and services are efficient and running at or close to promised specifications.

With that in mind, Low Carbon Living CRC (LCL CRC) participant Suntech R&D Australia recently announced their revolutionary Solar Analytics monitoring system (co-developed with Envais Solar).

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