Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Low Carbon Living

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

The Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Low Carbon Living brings together key property, planning and policy organisations with leading Australian researchers to develop new social, technological and policy tools for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the built environment.

The CRC for Low Carbon Living aims to unlock barriers to cost-effective carbon saving opportunities in the built environment, empower communities and facilitate the widespread adoption of local renewable energy.

The CRC employ a multidisciplinary research effort with expertise in engineering, material science, architecture, town planning, economics and the social sciences.  Research focuses on:

  • Integrated Building Systems – developing and testing new solar systems, lower carbon material systems and integrated designs for buildings
  • Low Carbon Precincts – developing tools that enable the design of, and stimulate the market for, low carbon infrastructure at ‘precinct’ scale
  • Engaged Communities – focusing on understanding and influencing behavior and purchasing decisions.

Current CRC projects include:

  • a national strategy for urban data and its use
  • evidence base to inform urban design, planning and policy
  • evidence base to inform urban microclimates policy and planning
  • Next Generation:
             -building and urban assessment tools for local carbon future
             -building products with low embedded carbon
             -integrated energy systems and designs
  • Built Environment Industry Roadmap – vision for a low carbon Australia 2030
  • social change behavior models that deliver sustained positive behavior change.



Professor Deo Prasad
02 9385 4868