Construction leaders partner for sustainability project

‘Closing the Loop’ is expected to enhance people’s health, wellbeing and productivity as well as environmental performance

Construction industry leaders and researchers have partnered to undertake a project to innovate, reduce carbon footprint and increase building performance.

Construction industry giant Brookfield Multiplex and leading design and engineering consultancies HASSELL and AECOM have partnered with the Cooperative Research Centre for Low-Carbon Living (CRCLCL) to carry out the project.

The three year project, called ‘Closing the Loop’, is expected to enhance people’s health, wellbeing and productivity as well as improving environmental performance through better business case analysis, professional education, practical tools and guidelines.

Based at the University of New South Wales, the CRCLCL is a national $100 million research collaboration comprising over 40 participants including universities, government agencies and companies within the construction industry.

“The 'Closing the Loop' project will allow us to use our current knowledge to have a practical impact on people and the environment,” says Scientia Professor Deo Prasad AO, chief executive officer, CRCLCL.

The project will be undertaken in four interlinked stages, reviewing 25 years of existing literature and identify gaps. The partners will research business decision making, create case studies, and test and trial the findings and their operation in the real world.

Finally, the team aims to develop tools and strategies for the industry, including design guides, user manuals, performance measures and assessment tools for the design and construction industries.

“Ultimately our focus is on creating long-term change that not only reduces the impact of our environmental footprint but leads to far-reaching and long lasting social and financial benefits to all,” says Professor Prasad.

The CRCLCL has stated that all three industry partners are committed to delivering high performance built environments and have the capacity to significantly influence the building process from design to delivery, and building management.

The CRCLCL aims to cut Australia’s residential and commercial carbon emissions by 10 mega tonnes by 2020 - the environmental equivalent of taking 2.3 million cars off the road each year. Compared with levels in 2000, Australia has set greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets of 25% by 2020 and 80% by 2050.