|Prof Deo Prasad and A/Prof Alistair Sproul|
Associate Professor Alistair Sproul, from the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering at UNSW, was part of a successful bid to receive funding for a Co-operative Research Centre (CRC) on Low Carbon Living, announced by the Federal Government in December 2011. Led by Professor Deo Prasad of the Faculty of the Built Environment, the seven year project will receive $28m from the Australian Government through the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research. The CRC is a multidisciplinary research effort with research expertise in engineering, material science, architecture, town planning, economics, and the social sciences. The CRC will bring together leading researchers and key end-users and includes 26 industry organisations, 16 government agencies and 6 research institutions across Australia.
Research will be conducted across three major program areas i) Integrated Building Systems (developing new solar systems, lower carbon material systems and integrated designs for buildings) ii) Low Carbon Precincts (developing tools that enable the design of, and stimulate the market for, low carbon infrastructure at 'precinct' scale as well as investigating the health and productivity co-benefits of low carbon precincts) and iii) Engaged Communities (which will focus on understanding and influencing behaviour and purchasing decisions as well as policy scenario analysis which will quantify the effectiveness of alternative options leading to policy adoption by government partners).
The overall aim of the CRC is to carry out research that will enable Australia to reduce carbon emissions and transform the built environment to a low carbon future. The CRC will establish a number of Living Laboratories around Australia to trial new technologies and designs as well as community acceptance in order to mainstream low carbon solutions.
For further information reading SPREE’s involvement in the CRC please contact Associate Professor Alistair Sproul.