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RP1009: Closing the Loop on Evidence-Based Low Carbon Design of Non-Residential Buildings

Project leader name: 
Dr Samantha Hall
Project status: 
Project period: 
01/2014 to 06/2018

The project will connect the wealth of evidence that exists for high-performance buildings with decision and policy makers. In order to create better buildings, this project will examine ways to comprehend and integrate the best available evidence in the decision making process. 

Project advisor: Scientia Prof. Deo Prasad, CRC for Low Carbon Living

Project focus

The project has two main themes working in parallel

Theme 1:  Evidence for Low Carbon, Health and Productivity Outcomes – development of a evidence assessment process for the low carbon, health and productivity benefits of design, engineering and management-based building interventions, including review, assessment, analysis and synthesis of the global evidence base.

Theme 2:  Building Project Decision-Making Analysis – analysis of the decision making process and the various actors/roles involved in the pre-project, briefing, early design stages of commercial office buildings and workplaces to determine when, in what form and to whom the evidence should be delivered to ensure its most effective impact and use. It is expected that the findings from this theme will guide the form of the evidence based decision support tool

Expected project outcomes:

  • Evidence assessment process for the built environment sector to understand low carbon, health and productivity outcomes

  • An evidence-based decision support tool for low carbon, health and productivity in buildings

  • Industry focused reports

  • Academic publications

  • 2 PhD graduates

Global network:

It is proposed to establish a global network of industry and non-government research groups who are active in undertaking, assessing and compiling research into low carbon, health and productivity benefits of high performance buildings and policy settings. This network will be used to assist in the gathering of evidence and the dissemination of the outcomes of this project. The current proposed network comprises;

Publications related to this project

CRCLCL Project Posters
Student poster - Participants Annual Forum 2016 - Christian Criado-Perez Closing the loop - Evidence-based decision making
CRCLCL Project Posters
Student poster - Participants Annual Forum 2016 - Subhadarsini Parida The effect of high performance, low carbon office building on employees' productivity and wellbeing
CRCLCL Project Posters

Student Poster – Participants Annual Forum 2015 – Subha Parida

The effect of green buildings on performance, productivity and well-being: study on office buildings

CRCLCL Project Posters

Student poster - Participants Annual Forum - Christian Perez

Closing the loop on evidence-based decision-making

CRCLCL Project Posters

Research Snapshot A3 size poster from Participants Annual Forum 2014