Deo Prassad

27 August 2013 — The Co-operative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living based at the University of NSW is looking for a communication officer and a project manager.

The newly created jobs will help with the CRC for Low Carbon Living’s current and future projects.

These include the search for Living Laboratories in all states and territories. According to chief executive officer for the unit, Sentia professor Deo Prasad at UNSW, these can include anything from a high performance building to urban precincts or “eight star houses” that want to showcase high sustainability goals and measured high performance.

The CRC would track performance, interaction with people and the elements that lead to continuous improvement.

“We’re looking for what resonates with people. We want to extract lessons for others; see if they really work, get the monitoring and the feedback,” professor Prasad told The Fifth Estate. “Want to extract lessons for others. Eight star houses, want to know if they really work. Get the monitoring and feedback.”

One project up for consideration, for instance, is Green Square in Sydney.

Meanwhile, professor Prasad said the centre’s first year had seen 27 projects approved.

“These involve all seven of our associated research institutions, and most of our industry and government partners as end users in some form,” he said.

Projects include:

  •  Visioning Australian Cities 2050 – roadmaps and transitions.
  • A series of technology projects exploring post-proof of concept tests for photovoltaic-thermal and related solar and thermal technologies, including standards.
  • A series of scoping studies to understand the needs, gaps and technical and business cases for projects such as:

Urban data and tools – underpinning design, planning and policy innovations
Education and training – vocational, tertiary and post-professional capacity building needs to underpin a low carbon built environment
Community participatory and co-creation approaches that enhance engagement
Next generation PV on building cladding – the risks and challenges
Low-carbon concrete using fly-ash/slags – the barriers to adoption.
Resource consumption and affordability in housing

  • Validating high-performance buildings and viable integrated systems for zero-energy buildings.
  • Closing the loop on high-performance buildings – informing front end decision makers on how best to capture higher occupant performance in greener buildings.
  • Urban microclimates – exploring the evidence base for urban policy in Australia.
  • Modular/hybrid, sustainable and affordable low- and high-rise buildings.
  • Living Laboratories-– action research for the study of occupant behaviour and design/technology integration in buildings and precincts.
  • Opportunities for community-scale renewables – larger scale urban power generation.

Projects now being planned include:

  • Living Laboratories in all states and territories tackling other key research questions
  • Major education and training initiatives such as working with schools in communities as a vehicle for wider engagement on low-carbon living
  • Exploring the role of micro-generation, demand-side efficiencies and decentralised storage at building, precinct and network scales in dealing with peak energy demand
  • Mapping and tracking carbon in the built environment.
  • Precinct Information Model

A two-day Participant Forum will be held on 24 and 25 October 2013. The forum will allow all participants to learn more about the first-year projects and contribute to ongoing projects and priorities. Attendance is free but registration is essential. See the website for details

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