Research Node for Low Carbon Living
This CRC for Low Carbon Living Node of Excellence, hosted by the University of South Australia, is contributing to technological, social and economic research that is facilitating the development and utilisation of low carbon products and services in the built environment.
The Research Node for Low Carbon Living provides PhD scholarships to stimulate new multi-disciplinary, industry driven research in South Australia into different aspects of low carbon living, with research focussed on making a measurable difference. All Node research projects seek to address issues identified by industry, and are supported by industry partners.
About the Research Node
The Node is South Australia’s premier hub for multi-disciplinary research into all aspects of low carbon living, with research focussed on making a measurable difference.
The Node is developing world class industry driven research projects and attracts higher degree research candidates across a range of areas including, but not limited to: technology innovation; energy systems integration; building renovation; urban design; the economics of low carbon precincts; and consumer choice making.
Research conducted at the Node includes development of new technologies, new applications for technologies and new approaches in achieving low carbon living.
Who is involved
The Node connects the vast expertise at the University of South Australia with the real world challenges of anthropogenic climate change faced locally and nationally, and partners with industry and government to develop the solutions that lead to a better and more sustainable quality of life.
The expertise and resources of the Node are available to all government and industry organisations committed to a deeper understanding of the solutions that will transform the South Australian economy towards a low carbon future.
Along with working with local end users, the Node connects with researchers nationally and internationally to seek solutions. The Node also works collaboratively with other CRC-LCL supported research hubs, such as the Curtin University Node of Excellence in Regenerative Cities which focuses on city planning and policy issues, and the Swinburne University Node of Excellence in Low Carbon Built Environment which plans to work on precinct design, materials and community engagement.
The Node also draws on and expands the research program of the Adelaide Living Laboratory, an initiative already funded by the CRC for Low Carbon Living, which is increasing our understanding of how Lochiel Park, Bowden and Tonsley urban developments are helping to transition to a lower carbon impact built environment.
Research undertaken by the node
The key research tasks are those requested and supported by stakeholders. The Node 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