Buildings that make the world a better place: The Venny

It is seldom that I come to a building that not only makes me think ‘yup, tick, they have all the environmental aspects right’, but think ‘wow this place sings’. I get emotional about the Venny and do every year when I take my students there. It isn’t living building certified, it was built before LBC was a consideration, so it probably has most of the red list in it and doesn’t have the verification

FACT SHEET – Green space policy mechanisms

As cities grapple with the impacts of heatwaves, exacerbated by the urban heat island effect what public policies can contribute to retaining and maximising urban green spaces? Policy mechanisms are categorised into four different types, associated with different actions and areas of focus. By Dr Judy Bush Judy.bush@unimelb.edu.au Download – http://www.thrive-research.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Green-space-policy-mechanisms.pdf Photo by Chris Barbalis on Unsplash

FACT SHEET – Green space policy success factors

What are the policy success factors that help cities grapple with the impacts of heatwaves, exacerbated by the urban heat island effect and progressively amplified by climate change impacts. Though applicable across policy, specifically this fact sheet summarises policy success factors in context of green spaces that can cool urban areas, as well as providing many other functions and benefits to city dwellers’ health and wellbeing. By Dr Judy Bush – Judy.bush@unimelb.edu.au Download – http://www.thrive-research.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Green-space-policy-success-factors.pdf Photo

Geelong – The Design City that Almost Forgot Itself

We’ll start this with a question: which Australian city is home to the Hills hoist, the ute and refrigeration? If you’re not sure, you’re not alone: though these stories of Geelong might be a little more well-known after the city was declared the first UNESCO Design City in Australia for its maker heritage. For a city finding its feet after a prolonged period of de-industrialisation, this is a cue for reflection: a window on to

Regenerative development in a nutshell

Regenerative development in a nutshell

Regenerative Development is an approach that encourages communities to support and create positive relationships that will benefit society and our environments by allowing the system to evolve and adapt to changing circumstances. This paradigm emerges from an ecological mindset by embracing uncertainty and change. It moves away from the idea ‘control’ as we cannot predict how systems will evolve. Instead, it learns from nature and understands that diverse strategies acting in unison are key elements

Heat Waves, Heat Stress, and underperforming apartments

Heat Waves, Heat Stress, and underperforming apartments

Everyone has the right to live well, in safety and comfort; however, many existing apartment buildings are ill-equipped to deal with the uncertainty of climate change and the increase in weather extremes People in homes without heating and cooling systems in place are at higher risk during heatwaves. This was the situation in 2003, when France had their deadly heatwave claiming over 14000 deaths. Post this event, French authorities regulated that all homes need to

How much does house size matter when it comes to life cycle energy use?

How much does house size matter when it comes to life cycle energy use?

Thrive researchers André Stephan and Robert Crawford have evaluated the relationship between house size and life cycle energy demand, for a typical Australian house in Melbourne, Australia. The research has been published on The Conversation. The infographic below summarises their findings. The scientific article can be downloaded here or here.

New study looks at water use associated with transport

New study looks at water use associated with transport

Thrive researchers, André Stephan and Robert Crawford have just published ground-breaking research looking into how water is used for travel by different transport modes. The infographic below summarises the findings: For the full paper go to: http://authors.elsevier.com/a/1Tk6h4rgZiRRXB or http://www.sciencedirect.com/…/article/pii/S1361920916305995