UCR is collaborating across government, industry and academia

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CRC Partners:

BlueScope Steel

bluescope-logoSince 1915 the steel industry has been an essential part of Australia and its economy.  BlueScope’s heritage traces back to the very beginning. Our history has always been in steel making – but the future lies in selling Australian innovation, technology and expertise to the booming Asian and global growth markets. BlueScope’s business has been built on the strength of our global partnerships, global networks and global brands. Our track record of successful global partnerships enables us to prosper in widely diverse markets.  In India, we have established a joint venture with the highly respected Tata conglomerate, a joint venture in Saudi Arabia is opening new opportunities in that expanding market, in North America, our 50:50 North Star BlueScope Steel joint venture with Cargill continues to perform strongly, and our joint venture with Nippon Steel – NS BlueScope Coated Products – will open exciting new markets and opportunities in Asia. Equally important are our successful partnerships with our customers.  Many of our customers are Fortune 500 companies, and we can help them realise significant savings in the total cost of their buildings by reducing construction schedules.  Our global networks are another great BlueScope strength, with more than 100 facilities in 17 countries, employing over 16,000 people serving thousands of customers.   Our strong partnerships and networks are built on BlueScope’s great product brands, such as  COLORBOND®, Clean COLORBOND® and ZINCALUME® steels, LYSAGHT® steel building products, and Butler® and Varco Pruden custom engineered buildings.



Jamie Adams

Mark Eckermann


City of Melbourne

city_melb-logoAs a local government authority, the City of Melbourne strives to achieve the community’s vision of Melbourne as a bold, inspirational and sustainable city – a great place for people to live, work and visit. The City of Melbourne is committed to reducing our ecological footprint and we are working to ensure our people and organisations can adapt to climate change and build a sustainable future.
For more than fifteen years, the City of Melbourne has been working to become one of the world’s most sustainable cities. As part of this commitment we have developed an Urban Forest Strategy and Growing Green Guide: a guide to green roofs, walls and facades to help cool the city and increase resilience to the impacts of climate change.



Gail Hall


City of Sydney

city-sydney-logoThe City of Sydney has adopted the first ever green roofs and walls policy for Australia, which sets out our commitment to increase the number of high quality green roofs and walls in the City.

It is accompanied by a 3-year implementation plan to ensure the policy is understood, properly adopted and integrated into our activities. Both documents can be downloaded below. When the draft policy and 3-year plan were exhibited for public comment, the response was uniformly positive.

Advantages of a green roof or wall.
Green roofs and walls provide many benefits to our city including:

  • Air quality: Greenery on roofs and walls helps remove harmful air pollutants, making the air cleaner and healthier. They can also improve air quality inside the building.
  • Beauty: Green roofs and walls are beautiful. They can turn a drab wall or bitumen roof into a striking feature of the building.
  • Biodiversity: They provide space for insects, reptiles and bird life to find water, food and shelter. Biodiversity is vital for a healthy urban environment.
  • Health: The human need to be around living plants is called ‘biophillia’. Numerous studies show the physical and mental health benefits we experience from being in and around growing plants.
  • Insulation: They insulate buildings, reducing our reliance on active heating and cooling, and energy consumption.
  • Noise: They also help insulate the building from outside noise creating a quieter and more peaceful indoor environment.
  • Space: Previously unused space can be turned into valuable space for recreation, growing food, gardening and so on.
  • Roof life: They can extend the life of a roof by up to 40 years, limiting exposure to sun and weather. Green roofs keep temperatures more even and minimise expansion and contraction from temperature changes.
  • Solar panels: They improve solar panel efficiency keeping the surrounding temperature at an optimum level.
  • Urban heat island effect: Hard surfaces absorb heat from the sun and radiate it back into the environment, leading to higher city temperatures. Green roofs and walls lower this effect, making the city a more comfortable
  • Water: They slow and clean the rainwater run-off from buildings, improving our waterways.



Lucy Sharman



hassell_newHASSELL is a leading international design practice with studios in Australia, China, South East Asia and the United Kingdom.

We judge the success of the buildings and places we design by the way people use and enjoy them – the clients who commission them, the people who inhabit them. Good design is about helping clients meet their needs and objectives. It is also about the way people feel when they experience it, a sense of meaning, connection and belonging.

Our design values are shared globally across all the HASSELL studios, by the talented people who work in them: architects, interior designers, landscape architects, urban designers, planners and specialist consultants.

We work together in integrated design teams because they produce the best outcomes for our clients. The increasingly complex projects that clients bring to us demand a culture built on collaboration, creativity, and innovation in design thinking and delivery.

Openness and empathy with our clients ensure their interests are at the heart of everything we design.



Brett Pollard

Ken Maher


New South Wales Government - OEH

nsw-enviro-heritg-logoWorking with the community Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) cares for and protects NSW’s environment and heritage, which includes the natural environment, Aboriginal country, culture and heritage, and built heritage. OEH supports the community, business and government in protecting, strengthening and making the most of a healthy environment and economy in NSW.

We also provide services and other support to: the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust; NSW Environmental Trust; Western Sydney Parkland Trust; Parramatta Park Trust; Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust; Historic Houses Trust; Taronga Conservation Society Australia; and the Environment Protection Authority (EPA).

Our 2014-17 Corporate Plan sets the strategic direction for OEH and is key to ensuring we achieve our strategic goals including government commitments and priorities.

A useful overview of previous work and achievements is provided within Annual reports.

Our organisation comprises eight functional areas. OEH is an agency within the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet cluster.



Matthew Adams

Matt Riley


Government of South Australia (DEWNR)

gov-sa-enviro-logoThe Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) was created on 1 July 2012 to bring together environment and natural resources management in South Australia. The new Department was created by amalgamating the Department for Water and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

DEWNR’s role in managing the State’s natural resources ranges from policy leadership to on-ground delivery with regional Natural Resources Management Boards. The issues we work on include water security, climate change, sustainable land management, public estate management and biodiversity conservation. We provide practical advice to government, industry and communities to achieve productive and balanced use of natural resources and to help improve the condition and resilience of our natural systems.

We work closely with communities and a diverse range of partners to help them make good decisions about how our natural resources are used and managed, and to help South Australians care for the land, water and sea that sustain us.

DEWNR is part of the Environment and Conservation Portfolio and reports to the Hon. Ian Hunter (Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation, and Minister for Water and the River Murray). Our work helps government achieve its priorities and is informed by the government’s commitments set out in South Australia’s Strategic Plan and the State Natural Resources Management Plan and also by our Corporate Plan 2012-2014



Richard Day

Suzanne Dunford

Olessya Vitkovskaya

Andrew Dickson


3rd Party Project Partners:

Adelaide City Council

adl-city-councilAdelaide City Council envisions the City of Adelaide to be a vibrant, populous and sustainable Capital City built upon Adelaide’s heritage and lifestyle with a reputation as a green City. A City in which recycled water supports our parks and gardens; efficient, clean energy powers the City; our walkways and public spaces are cool and shaded by trees; and our Park Lands cradle the City bringing the natural world right to the door of our residents and workers.

Council’s strategies to deliver this vision of an environmentally sustainable City include:

  • Preparing the City for the impacts of climate change
  • Reducing carbon emissions and oil dependency
  • Conserving water, energy and natural resources and minimising waste
  • Landscaping streets, parks and public spaces so they are sustainable and productive
  • Supporting environmentally sustainable design, construction and management of City buildings

Council’s participation in the Urban Micro Climates project seeks to build the evidence base for action and develop practical solutions to support Council’s vision for a sustainable and resilient City.



Marnie Hope

Adrian   Stokes

Paul Smith


Nursery Garden Industry Australia (NIGA)

nigaFounded in 1945, Nursery & Garden Industry Australia (NGIA) is the peak industry body for the Australian nursery and garden industry and is responsible for overseeing the national development of this diverse and essential industry.

A unified Australian nursery and garden industry that is productive, profitable and sustainable.

The five objectives of the strategic plan 2010 – 15 are:

  • Increase the sales value of nursery products and services through marketing and promote
  • Enhance the capacity and efficiency of the industry’s resources through upgrading industry skills, knowledge and practice;
  • Build industry support through shaping government, public and related industry
  • Understanding of the industry’s benefits, and enhance these benefits through collaboration
  • Invest in nursery product/service development to enable the industry to respond to growth opportunities and challenges;
  • Support the industry through services and resources that enhance its capacity to respond to issues, capture opportunities and achieve the vision of this strategic plan.

As a supporter of the ‘urban micro climates’ research project the NGIA have established the following as goals that they hope will arise from our outcomes:

  • Understand the ‘living green infrastructure’ policy framework between local, state and federal levels.
  • Identify opportunities to increase green space adoption through sound policy initiatives across the ‘living green infrastructure’ policy framework
  • Increase awareness of the benefits of ‘living green infrastructure’ including cooler, low carbon cities that mitigate the urban heat island effect
  • Produce a triple bottom line business case for an increase in ‘living green infrastructure’ across Australian cities



Robert Prince


AILA - Australian Institute of Landscape Architects

Basic CMYK6 February 2015 – The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) join the Urban Micro Climate team as a project partner.
The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) champions quality design for public open spaces, stronger communities and greater environmental stewardship. AILA provide their members – in urban and rural Australia, and overseas – with training, recognition and a community of practice to share knowledge, ideas and action.  With his members, AILA anticipate and develop a leading position on issues of concern in Landscape Architecture. Alongside government and allied professions, AILA work to improve the design, planning and management of the natural and built environment. AILA represents 2000 (and growing) members throughout Australia and overseas. As a not-for-profit professional association, our role is to serve the mutual interests of our members and the wider profession. AILA governance is vested in the AILA National Council, which retains ultimate legal responsibility for the whole organisation and provides leadership by setting the strategic direction, budgets, policies and agendas. AILA staff, located in the National Office in Canberra and in state and territory chapters throughout the country, are responsible for advocacy, coordinating the delivery of membership services, and implementation of the AILA Strategic and Operational plan and council and local executive decisions.
Website: http://www.aila.org.au/
Contact: Graeme Hopkins fifthcreek@optusnet.com.au

The Research Cooperation:

University of New South Wales - Built Environment

unsw-built-envThe research strengths of UNSW’s Faculty of the Built Environment (BE) reflect its multi-faceted professional foundations in a mix unique in Australia in its combination of disciplines such as architecture, landscape architecture, construction, property, planning, industrial and urban design. The Faculty’s overall mission in design, delivery and management of the 21st century city informs a diverse research agenda providing leadership in tackling the challenges of change in urban environments at all scales. In the last Excellence for Research in Australia (ERA) national evaluation, UNSW was rated as the equal-top university across the spectrum of Built Environment and Design. Its ratings in Urban Planning and Construction were also the highest of all Australia’s leading Group of Eight universities. These ratings recognise the strong and sustained performance of BE researchers in securing external grant funding and producing quality peer-reviewed research outputs.Research activity in BE embraces numerous aspects of applied, theoretical, social and design research including:

•                Sustainable design
•                Management strategies in the construction sector
•                Housing policy and social inequality
•                History and theory of the built environment
•                Land use planning and urban development
•                Urban design
•                Digital design
•                Creative practice
•                Scholarship of learning and teaching

BE’s research program is organised within a range of formal and collaborative structures supportive of innovative research with high social impact. Of the formal structures, the City Futures Research Centre is the faculty’s specialised research centre dedicated to developing a better understanding of cities, their people, the policies that manage their growth, the issues they face, and the impacts they make on environment and economy. Under the City Futures umbrella are five main research programs addressing Housing Policy and Practice, Urban Planning and Policy, Sustainability and Climate Change Adaptation, Enabling Built Environments and Healthy Built Environments.



Paul Osmond

Susan Thompson


University of Melbourne - ABP

uni-melb-abpThe Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning (ABP) is a single-department Faculty, led by our Dean, Professor Tom Kvan. ABP is the custodian Faculty of the Bachelor of Environments which provides opportunities for students to specialise in their chosen subject within the multi-disciplinary framework that takes into consideration other complimentary Bachelor of Environments subjects. Melbourne School of Design is the graduate school of ABP, where students gain academic and practical experience in their chosen field at masters level. The Faculty has 82 academic staff and over 200 sessional tutors, many of whom are leading practitioners in the built environment and design fields. Almost half of our teaching and research staff are international coming from 20 countries including Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. Academic expertise within the Faculty is located essentially in six disciplines: Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Property, Construction and Urban Planning.  Our academics conduct research and teach across undergraduate, graduate and research programs. They are actively engaged in collaborations and partnerships, both locally and globally, to produce research that responds to major social, economic and environmental challenges, as well as fundamental research related to the built and natural environments in Australia and Asia. Our researchers address key issues, such as mitigation of natural disasters, climate change, sustainability, the future of cities, population growth and urban density. We lead debate in many of these areas. We also contribute definitive knowledge and understanding of the history, conservation and heritage of the built and natural environment, built environment practice and management, urban morphology and design research.

The Faculty draws its research strength in part from its capacity to work in the multidisciplinary frame of its various built environment disciplines, as well as with colleagues in health, engineering, education, history and social sciences.

The Faculty is also committed to expanding its expertise in key curriculum and research areas and in 2012 alone we appointed several leading practitioners and academics including Brendan Gleeson, Professor of Urban Policy Studies, Donald Bates, Chair of Architectural Design and Alan Pert, Director of Melbourne School of Design.



Ole Fryd


University of Melbourne - Infrastructure Engineering

uni-melb-abpThe Department of Infrastructure Engineering sits within the School of Engineering and houses the vital disciplines of Geomatics, Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering.

Our focus is on engineering infrastructure that’s sustainable. Infrastructure that considers the natural environment it supports, as well as the economy.

You’ll see this in our research and in the design of our courses with the interaction of other disciplines such as Commerce and Science from first year right through to our flagship Masters of Engineering. Just as industry integrates its departments, The University of Melbourne integrates its disciplines.

In combining these disciplines, our vision for Infrastructure Engineering at The University of Melbourne reflects industry practice.

To this end, we’re not just equipping you for a career in engineering. Our aim is to share knowledge, build capability and manage information to solve complex engineering challenges and develop future leaders in the community.



Lu Aye


University of South Australia

unisa-logoThe Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment is UniSA’s flourishing technology hub and a vibrant nexus for economic, social and environmental development.

From our campus, featuring state-of-the-art facilities and adjacent to the Technology Park industry research centre at Mawson Lakes, we engage in cutting-edge teaching, postgraduate research training and fundamental applied research.

Our three innovative schools offer you experiential learning through engagement with industry, government and the community. Our graduates are skilled professionals who can use the latest technologies intelligently to create sustainable solutions for our fast-changing world.

We are home to three major international research institutes and seven research centres.

Spanning future-focused disciplines including IT, environmental science, engineering, urban planning and more, our division has a lot to offer students, researchers and industry.



John Boland

Michael Taylor


End-user reference group:

CRC - Low Carbon Living

crc_logo_newThe CRC for Low Carbon Living (CRC-LCL) is a national research and innovation hub that seeks to enable a globally competitive low carbon built environment sector.

With a focus on collaborative innovation, we bring together property, planning, engineering and policy organisations with leading Australian researchers. CRC-LCL develops new social, technological and policy tools for facilitating the development of low carbon products and services to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the built environment.

To achieve our goals, we will deliver:

  • opportunities for lower-carbon manufacturing
  • a more efficient and productive built environment sector as a whole
  • engaged communities participating in low carbon living
  • an evidence base for good planning and policy
  • large-scale national capability development
  • tools, technologies and techniques that will ensure the sector remains globally competitive

A key aim of the CRC-LCL is to help cut Australia’s residential and commercial carbon emissions by 10 mega tonnes by 2020, which is the environmental equivalent of taking 2.3 million cars off the road each year. This will be achieved through developing low carbon building construction materials and increasing the evidence base for government policy and planning, among other measures. Australia has set greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets of 25 per cent by 2020 and 80 per cent by 2050 compared with 2000 levels.

When the 2020 carbon reduction targets are met, the CRC-LCL will have delivered a direct benefit of $250 million per year to the economy, while reducing risk to the $150 billion per year construction industry as it adjusts to a carbon-constrained economy.

Ultimately the CRC-CLC will help unlock barriers to cost-effective carbon reduction opportunities, empower communities and facilitate the widespread adoption of integrated renewable energy. This will enable the sector to transition and contribute to Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions targets while maintaining industry competitiveness and improving quality of life.


CRC - Water Sensitive Cities

crc-water-sensitive-cities-logoThe CRC for Water Sensitive Cities brings together the inter-disciplinary research expertise and thought-leadership to undertake research that will revolutionise water management in Australia and overseas.  In collaboration with over 70 research, industry and government partners, we will deliver the socio-technical urban water management solutions, education and training programs, and industry engagement required to make towns and cities water sensitive.  With a research budget in excess of $100million, our research over the next nine years will guide capital investments of more than $100 Billion by the Australian water sector and more than $550 Billion of private sector investment in urban development over the next 15 years.

Through an extensive consultation process, our participants and stakeholders have identified a number of key challenges to urban water reform required to transform cities into liveable, resilient, sustainable and productive cities. To effectively address the complex inter-dependencies of the many socio-technical factors influencing water management in cities of the future, we will employ an inter-disciplinary delivery approach. This approach will place practitioners, policy makers and regulators in inter-disciplinary teams with researchers whose expertise may be in areas such as: water engineering; urban planning; commercial and property law; urban ecology; urban climatology and global climate science; social and institutional science; organisational behaviour; change management; the water economy; risk assessment; social marketing; and community health. These teams will be located at research hubs in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Singapore.



Andrew                  Coutts

Nigel Tapper


Paramata City Council

paramatta-city-logoParramatta City Council plays a major role in revitalising the local government area, providing more than 40 services to improve the quality of life for its residents and to make Parramatta a great place to live, work, play and invest.

Parra City Council Help DeskThere is a lot more to Council than the traditional view of ‘roads, rates and rubbish’! Parramatta City Council has transformed its neighbourhoods and city centres, operates childcare centres, libraries, environmental initiatives, provides transport, a vast range of social services such as Meals on Wheels and Neighbourhood Aid, has a diverse events program, arts and cultural initiatives, maintains many facilities such as town halls and community centres, conducts economic development initiatives, processes development applications, strategically plans for the future development of the City as well as maintaining essential services such as waste collection and road maintenance.



Paul Hackney


Planning Institute Australia

pia-logoThe Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) www.asbec.asn.au is the peak body of key organisations committed to a sustainable built environment in Australia.

ASBEC’s membership consists of industry and professional associations, non-government organisations and government observers who are involved in the planning, design, delivery and operation of our built environment, and are concerned with the social and environmental impacts of this sector.

ASBEC provides a forum for diverse groups involved in the built environment to gather, find common ground and intelligently discuss contentious issues as well as advocate their own sustainability products, policies and initiatives.

ASBEC is a non-profit volunteer organisation. Members commit their time, resources and energy to developing practical opportunities for a more sustainable built environment.


Tom Roper

Kirsty Kelly


Renewal SA

renewal-sa-logoA discussion about the future shape of our state and its capital city has never been so timely. Indeed an exchange of ideas about how we live today, how we want to live tomorrow and how we will live in the future is at the core of my vision for the Urban Renewal Authority. It is about creating great places for people to live by forging strong community and private sector partnerships and accepting only the highest standards of design and planning. The Urban Renewal Authority has been established to present a fully integrated approach to urban development and deliver outstanding results for the people of South Australia. It represents a new way of planning for residential and industrial communities in South Australia. The URA will ensure these communities, both existing and those to be developed, have access to the necessary infrastructure and human services required to be fully inclusive and connected. Under the authority this will be done through an unwavering commitment to conversations and engagement with federal and state agencies, local communities, councils and most importantly individuals.



Phil Donaldson

Sandy Rix


Zero Waste SA

zwsa-logoZero Waste SA is a South Australian state government organisation which enables people to improve their recycling and waste avoidance practices, whether at home, at work or in industry.

Through collaboration, advocacy, financial incentives and education, we are working towards meeting the target to ‘reduce waste by 35% by 2020′ with a milestone of 25% by 2014 as set out in South Australia’s Strategic Plan. Efforts made under South Australia’s Waste Strategy 2005-2010 have reduced the amount of waste going to landfill in our State by 17.32% since 2003-04.

South Australia’s waste management achievements have been recognised in the UN-HABITAT publication Solid Waste in the World’s Cities, which assesses the waste and recycling systems of more than 20 cities worldwide.

“South Australia has demonstrated a high level of political commitment and willingness to ‘stick its neck out’ and implement some policies and legislation upon which other administrations take a more conservative position. The Zero Waste Act and Plastic Bag Ban are two excellent samples of South Australia’s government showing leadership by putting in place arrangements to support a major drive towards the 3R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle).”

Zero Waste SA’s establishment was the result of the South Australian Government realising a new strategy was needed to increase waste avoidance and recycling. It was recognised that waste management in South Australia was still fundamentally reliant on landfill, despite efforts to change this.

On 1 July 2003, the Office of Zero Waste SA was proclaimed a statutory authority by the South Australian Government, and in February 2004, legislation to create Zero Waste SA was passed. Read the Zero Waste SA Act (2004) here.



Vaughan Levitzke


Zero Waste SA Research Centre for sd+b

sdb-logoThe Zero Waste SA Research Centre for Sustainable Design and Behaviour (sd+b) came into being in 2009, after UniSA entered into a major collaborative initiative with the government agency Zero Waste SA. The idea: to facilitate research in sustainability and waste management practices that promote a resource recovery society that does more with less.

The Centre has since been working in a collaborative, multi-disciplinary capacity towards its vision of implementing the best of urban/environmental and social sciences research to help build sustainable and liveable cities in the Asia Pacific.

Our research focuses on influencing and informing public policy in environmental sustainability, design, urban planning and architecture. We also seek to assist communities, both locally and globally, to build better societies.



Conrad Philipp