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CRCLCL Research Nodes of Excellence

About the CRCLCL Research Nodes of Excellence

Established in cooperation with six Australian universities, the CRCLCL Research Nodes of Excellence (Nodes) are hubs for multi-disciplinary research into low carbon built environments.

Representing two major CRCLCL legacy commitments to education and ongoing capacity building, the Nodes will continue and expand upon the work of the CRCLCL. Each Node specialises in a particular area of low carbon research and hosts up to five post graduate students.

Like the CRCLCL, the Nodes have a national focus on collaborative innovation. They also have a local focus on developing government and industry partnerships in their local state and are embedded in the campus of their host university.

Information on specific campuses and staffing arrangements for each Node can be found below.

University of NSW CRC LCL Node of Excellence in High Performance Architecture

Research focus

  • Establishing frontier research in High Performance Architecture
  • Promoting Innovative Design Concepts and Emerging Technologies
  • Creating Human-Centred Low-Carbon Built Environments
  • Adopting High Performance Materials
  • Developing Integrated Performance Assessment and Decision-Support
  • Applying Informatics and Science to Buildings and Cities

Contact and Node Leader: Associate Professor Lan Ding
Node website

University of Wollongong CRC LCL Node of Excellence

Research focus

  • Sustainable Buildings: Construction, Performance, Retrofit, Precincts & Supply Chain.
  • Energy: Sustainable and Efficient Consumption, Generation and Storage, and Net Zero Energy Buildings
  • Retrofitting of existing buildings to improve sustainability, health and wellbeing.
  • Human Factors: Comfort, Health and Wellbeing.
  • Modelling and Decision Support Systems.
  • Automation, Sensing and Control.

Contact and Node Leader: Senior Professor Paul Cooper


University of Melbourne Node of Excellence: Post-carbon Resilient Future Cities

Research focus

  • Envisaging, designing, planning and modelling post-carbon resilient futures and ‘adaptive-mitigation’ pathways for Metropolitan Melbourne
  • Exploring the carbon implications of approaches to planning and design based on distributed infrastructures for energy, water, food, transport, waste and information

Contact and Node Leader: Professor Mark Stevenson

Swinburne University of Technology Node of Excellence: Next Generation Low Carbon Urban Retrofit

Research focus

  • Urban retrofit and precinct design
  • Establishing a Melbourne-based Living Laboratory
  • Low carbon transport 

Contact and Node Leader: Professor Niki Frantzeskaki

Western Australia
Curtin University of Technology Node of Excellence: Regenerative Cities and Regions

Research focus

  • Developing new models for building and precinct redevelopment to enable the established suburbs of Australian cities to be retrofitted more effectively and intensively. 

Contact and Node Leader: Professor Greg Morrison

South Australia
University of South Australia Node of Excellence for Low Carbon Living

Research focus

  • Providing viable solutions for producing deep cuts in energy and services bills while improving wellbeing and thermal comfort for all Australians
  • Developing products and services for sustainable urban developments
  • Developing retrofit solutions for existing housing and other buildings

Contact and Node Leaders: Dr Stephen Berry and Professor Ning Gu
Node website