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

Project leader name: 
Dr Philip Oldfield
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

Peer Reviewed Research Publications

The purpose of this paper is to examine the extent to which a systematic review approach is transferable from medicine to multi-disciplinary studies in the built environment research.

Peer Reviewed Research Publications

This paper outlines an approach being used to introduce evidence based practice to the built environment by a research project of the CRC for Low Carbon Living, an Australian based, industry focussed research collaboration.

News Article

It is well established that the largest cost factors in the life of an office building are the salaries of its occupants....article in Sourceable

Peer Reviewed Research Publications

This study examines the sources of evidence that influence decision-makers who design or develop office buildings, and aims to explain why some managers engage more in evidence-based practice (EBP) than others.

CRCLCL Project Reports

This  paper  informs  the  second  stage  of  project  development  for  Closing  The  Loop. The foundation for the project direction was established in the first paper ‘Closing the Loop, Evidence-­‐Based Design and Systematic Review. 

CRCLCL Project Reports

This  document  is  a  component  of  the  CRC  for  Low  Carbon  Living  Closing  the  Loop  project. It provides an overview of existing data around building energy performance in  Australia  to  guide  the  selection  of  building  typologies  to  be  included  in  the  research.

CRCLCL Project Reports

In this report, the researchers explore the potential of tenants/owners occupying high performance low carbon buildings to create positive environmental behaviours among the occupants so that the building should perform as it is. 

CRCLCL Project Reports

This report articulates, discourses why and how to use evidence from empirical studies to close the loop of design practices. 

CRCLCL Project Reports

Evidence-based decision making (EBDM) is a framework that has yielded huge benefits in fields ranging from medicine to social policy. While the concept is becoming popular in the built environment sector and terms such as “evidence-based design” are now widely used, our research has shown that...

CRCLCL Project Posters
Student Poster – Participants Annual Forum 2017 - Christian Criado-Perez CLOSING THE LOOP: EVIDENCE-BASED DECISION MAKING
CRCLCL Project Posters
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

Students related to this project