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Decarbonising the Built Environment

Charting the Transition

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  • Identifies innovative and effective pathways for decarbonising the built environment from applied research undertaken by the Co-Operative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living
  • Addresses three grand socio-technical challenges: transition to renewable energy, transition to low carbon built environment and transition to low carbon human behavior – and their interrelationships
  • Identifies the most prospective opportunities for change in how cities and their built environments are designed, built and operated and where activities and behaviours of governments, businesses and residents need to change to radically reduce carbon and ecological footprints and reverse global warming

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This book focuses on the challenge that Australia faces in transitioning to renewable energy and regenerating its cities via a transformation of its built environment. Both are necessary conditions for low carbon living in the 21st century. This is a global challenge represented by the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and the IPCC’s Climate Change program and its focus on mitigation and adaptation. All nations must make significant contributions to this transformation. This book highlights the new knowledge and innovation that has emerged from research projects undertaken in the Co-operative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living between 2012 and 2019 – an initiative of the Australian Government’s Department of Industry, Science and Technology that is tasked with responding to the UN challenges. Four principal transition pathways were central to the CRC and provide the thematic structure to this volume. They focus on technology, buildings, precinct and city design, and human behaviour – and their interactions.

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Table of contents (27 chapters)

  1. Transition to Zero Carbon Buildings

  2. Regenerating Urban Precincts and Cities

Editors and Affiliations

  • Centre for Urban Transitions, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia

    Peter Newton

  • University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

    Deo Prasad

  • School of Photovoltaics and Renewable Energy Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

    Alistair Sproul

  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Adelaide, Australia

    Stephen White

About the editors

Peter Newton, PhD FASSA, is Research Professor in the Centre for Urban Transitions, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne.

Deo Prasad, PhD AO FTSE, is Scientia Professor at the University of New South Wales, Sydney.

Alistair Sproul, PhD, is Professor and Head of School of Photovaltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney.

Stephen White, PhD, is Energy Efficiency Domain Leader in the Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation in Australia.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Decarbonising the Built Environment

  • Book Subtitle: Charting the Transition

  • Editors: Peter Newton, Deo Prasad, Alistair Sproul, Stephen White

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Earth and Environmental Science, Earth and Environmental Science (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd., part of Springer Nature 2019

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-13-7939-0Published: 28 June 2019

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-981-13-7942-0Published: 14 August 2020

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-13-7940-6Published: 07 June 2019

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXXII, 555

  • Number of Illustrations: 46 b/w illustrations, 41 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Urban Geography / Urbanism (inc. megacities, cities, towns), Urban Studies/Sociology, Urbanism, Sustainable Development

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