Research Themes

Research Themes

Water, Wind, Earth of Fire, we tackle the lot!

Our themes and areas of research are diverse, all focused on making buildings more livable, more sustainable, more cost-effective, and kinder to our environment.

energyefficiencyEnergy: Efficiency, Generation and Storage

- Micro-grid (building scale or precinct scale)
- Ground source heat pumps
- Smart home systems and Building Management Systems (BMS)
- Phase Change Material (PCM) applications
- Photovoltaic-Thermal (PVT) systems
- Demand-side management and Distributed generation
- Energy informatics/intelligent built environment
- Net Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB)  


resilienceResilience & Climate Adaption

- Aged care
- Urban heat island
- Thermal comfort and heatwaves
- Green and cool roofs, and walls
- Bushfire
- Flood  



 humanHuman Factors

- Aged care
- Low income households
- Indoor Environment Quality (IEQ)
- Thermal Comfort
- Facilitating deep retrofits    





- Solar powered membrane distillation
- Energy from waste water
- Black and grey water treatment
- Green roofs and living walls
- Net zero water buildings




materialsMaterials, Construction and Life Cycle Analysis

- Materials life cycle analysis
- Building fabric upgrades
- Heat and moisture transfer in buildings
- Building Management Systems (BMS)
- Educational buildings
- Low grade commercial buildings
- Retrofitting methodologies



modellingModelling and Decision Support Systems

- Building energy modelling
- Cost benefit analysis
- Decision support systems
- Life cycle analysis

Last reviewed: 8 April, 2016