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RP2010: Informing and Trialling Low Carbon Inclusions in State Government Built Environment Sector Tenders

Project leader name: 
Dr Charlie Hargroves - Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute (CUSP)
Project status: 
Project period: 
07/2014 to 07/2017

Initiated by UrbanGrowth NSW, this project collaborates with industry and state government to investigate ways to enhance the low carbon outcomes of built environment projects, namely land development projects, using the project tendering  process.

The project will develop a ‘Living Laboratory’ with UrbanGrowth NSW focused on trialling the inclusion of low carbon related items in requests for tender, informed by industry stakeholder engagement.  The project draws on the expertise of two of the leading academics in this field, Professor Peter Newman (expert in sustainable development) and Professor Russell Kenley (expert in sustainable procurement). The project is supported by researchers at the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute (CUSP) and a dedicated PhD student at Swinburne University. The project will collaborate with the Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre (SBEnrc). 

Key questions to be investigated throughout the project will include:

  1. ‘What has been done previously to encourage low carbon outcomes in land development supply chains through government tender requirements?’
  2. ‘What is the feasibility of various options to reduce the carbon intensity of land development supply chains in Australia in the coming decades?’
  3. ‘What specific tender requirements will lead to lower carbon intensity in land development projects that are suitable for piloting by State Government in NSW?’
  4. ‘What are the perceived barriers and benefits of such potential low carbon living tender inclusions by stakeholders in the supply chain?’
  5. ‘What tools and strategies are appropriate to reduce key barriers and increase key benefits from such tender requirements?’
  6. ‘How can the inclusion of low carbon living related tender requirements in land development projects be supported to encourage strong carbon intensity reductions and stakeholder engagement across the supply chain?’
  7. ‘How can tender requirements be effectively used to support for low carbon living in the Australia built environment sector?’

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Student poster - Participants Annual Forum 2016 - Juliana Bedggood Harnessing "Clientness" to increase implementation of low carbon practices in the built environment
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Student Poster - Participants Annual Forum 2015 - Julia Bedggood

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Student Poster - Participants Annual Forum 2014, Juliana Bedggood - Size A2

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