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In our May Newsletter we announced the outcomes of our most recent National Industry Research Workshops and the emerging themes for the next phase of research to commence in October 2018. Over the last few months we have worked with our industry collaborators to develop the scope, methodology, and targeted deliverables for five new projects across the housing, building, and infrastructure sectors. We are very pleased to announce the following projects which will be the focus of SBEnrc’s research teams and industry collaborators for the next 18 months:
We look forward to keeping you up to date with the outputs of this new suite of projects. If you know someone who would also be interested, why not forward this newsletter?
If you’d like to participate in a 2019 National Industry Research Workshop to identify industry challenges and develop ideas for research, we’d love to hear from you.
Social housing research makes an impact
For our research to make a difference, it needs to be meaningful in real life application. And it needs to stay relevant to be used by the organisations that it was intended to benefit. It’s important to make sure we are hitting the mark and addressing challenges identified by our industry partners. We are constantly exploring ways of measuring the impact and uptake of our research to ensure it is suitable for practical application.
Since 2014, SBEnrc has been supporting research in the critical area of social housing. Our national research program includes projects that focus on rethinking how social housing is delivered, demonstrating the value of investing in social housing infrastructure, and improving the suitability, supply and provision of affordable housing infrastructure.
To determine the effect of our social housing research, the SBEnrc Governing Board approved a pilot study to evaluate the uptake and impact of the program. The study invited feedback from a range of industry partners and also considered indicators of utilisation across industry and broader dissemination.
The study has now been completed and the final report is expected by the end of October 2018. If you are interested in receiving a copy of the report, please get in touch.
SBEnrc’s Peter Newman recognised as Scientist of the Year
We are very proud of SBEnrc’s long-standing project leader Professor Peter Newman AO, who was recently recognised at the Premier’s Science Awards as Western Australian Scientist of the Year.
Peter is a Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University with decades of globally significant research and public advocacy on the science of cities and their sustainability. He has been working with SBEnrc for nine years, leading projects around smarter and sustainable cities. Peter will lead the new project Sustainable Centres of Tomorrow: People and Place which will be launched in October. His most recent projects include:
- Integrated Cities: Procuring Transport Infrastructure through Integrating Transport, Land Use and Finance which explored a range of options for sustainable public transport, including trackless trams.
- Scenario Planning Transport Futures: Improved Road and Transport Planning using Digital Scenario Planning Tools
- Harnessing the Potential of Biophilic Urbanism In Australia, an Economic and Policy Investigation
Congratulations Peter, for this well deserved recognition.
So long, farewell, adieu
We have recently bid a fond farewell to two of SBEnrc’s longest serving collaborators and supporters as they head into retirement.
Peter Gow, (Executive Director, Building and Energy, in the WA Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS), and Carolyn Marshall, (Principal Architect, Building Research and Technical Services, in the WA Department of Finance, Building Management and Works), have made significant contributions to the centre over many years.
Peter has been a collaborative partner for more than 15 years, working with the centre from our previous iteration as the Cooperative Research Centre CRC for Construction Innovation, and continuing his support as we evolved to our current form as a National Research Centre. His leadership and advocacy on industry challenges has brought industry and government together to work on research ideas to solve issues such as sustainability, industry competitiveness, regulatory reform, workforce capability, and innovation.
Carolyn’s journey with SBEnrc began in 2009 when she took on coordination responsibilities on behalf of the WA Government and in 2011 collaborated on a SBEnrc and then ARC Linkage Project to leverage research and development for the Australian Built Environment. She has subsequently worked with us on more than a dozen projects, and has been a member of the Research and Utilisation Committee for the entire time of her involvement with the centre.
Keith Hampson, SBEnrc CEO presented Peter and Carolyn each with a certificate of appreciation to acknowledge the extraordinary service and support they have afforded the centre. We wish them both the very best as they embark on their next adventures.
Maintaining network connections
The Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre’s Governing Board traditionally holds a small senior networking dinner to coincide with its quarterly Board meeting. These events serve as an opportunity to maintain important connections and ensure SBEnrc’s research and adoption strategies are informed by industry, government and research leaders.
International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) World Building Congress 2019, Constructing Smart Cities, 17-21 June 2019, Hong Kong, China.
Dr Keith Hampson, Chief Executive Officer
Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre
Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia
Our challenge is to continue growing the value and impact of our applied research more deeply and broadly across Australia. The Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre (SBEnrc) is acknowledged as an excellent example of a CRC that has graduated into an independent organisation delivering unique industry, government and research collaboration.