Sustainable Building Innovation Laboratory (SBi Lab) researchers have undertaken projects in government and institutional, business and community sectors.

Climate Change Innovation Grant

Enhanced Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) for Improving the Well-being of Vulnerable Population in Victoria

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Citizen Science Project

Scientists engage with communities to improve urban microclimates.

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AusZEH upgrade project – Stage 1

The project examined local and international case studies for setting and achieving targets for zero emissions residential buildings.

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Sustainability guidelines for commercial office and retail fitouts

This project developed sustainability guidelines and standards for a major Australian bank’s international and local office and retail fitouts.

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Energy efficiency of residential heritage buildings: an economic assessment

This study evaluated the benefits of upgrading the thermal fabric, heater, cooler and hot water system of Victorian residential heritage buildings, using common financial analysis techniques.

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Green Loans HSA online tool: program evaluation and decommission

This project evaluated and decommissioned the Green Loans Home Sustainability Assessment (HSA) software tool.

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Australian house design: an assessment of alternative constructions

This project provided a comparative life cycle assessment (LCA) of alternative constructions, based on a typical Australian house design.

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Peer review of Green Home (green savings) calculator

This project delivered a peer review of the spreadsheet versions of the Green Home (green savings) calculator tool developed for Victoria and Queensland.

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Development of sustainability education modules

This project developed professional development modules in sustainability education for the Australian Graduate Certificate in Professional Development.

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Victoria residential mandatory disclosure (RMD) tool development and programming

This project involved further development of the Green Loans’ Home Sustainability Assessment (HSA) tool for use as Residential Mandatory Disclosure (RMD) tool.

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National sustainability and heritage commercial buildings project

This project investigated the energy performance and environmental impacts of selected heritage commercial buildings using various energy efficient strategies.

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Sustainable building index

This project developed the UNEP-SB Index which provides a globally consistent framework to understand, measure, report and verify actual building performance on core sustainability issues.

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A five-star sustainability tertiary education

This project developed a benchmarking tool to assess sustainability in tertiary institutions.

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Green Loans HSA online tool

Key SBi Lab researchers were involved in research and coordination of a series of related external research programs for the Green Loans program.

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National heritage and sustainability project – residential buildings

This project examined the energy and environmental performance of 14 heritage residential buildings in Australia and New Zealand.

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Building integrated photovoltaics (BiPV) opportunities for Korea

This project focused on the sustainability and requirements for integrating BiPV technologies in new and existing high-rise apartment buildings in Korea.

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Building capacity for a sustainable future

Using universities as a case study, this research developed and implemented an organisational change model for embedding sustainability in higher education.

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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nations on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.

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