Industry collaboration yields five new SBEnrc projects

Applied research is critical if we are to continue to advance Australia’s built environment industry.

One of the ways SBEnrc distinguishes itself from many research centres is by our unique ability to translate current industry challenges to real-world projects. Every 12-18 months we  convene National Industry Research Workshops across Australia to gain industry’s perspective on built environment business challenges and innovation needs.

At the workshops industry and government professionals present ideas directly relevant to their business challenges. Researchers are invited to listen and understand industry needs and assist with developing project ideas that can be applied in the real world.

This process allows us to continually refresh the Centre’s research agenda.

Following our workshops in February 2018, our Governing Board has now approved five new research themes with projects to commence in October 2018 and run for 18 months.

The Centre is now working with industry collaborators in developing the scope, research methodology and targeted deliverables with a goal of ensuring national issues are addressed across the breadth of the housing, building and infrastructure sectors.

The current working titles for the five themes are:

  • Mapping the Social and Affordable Housing Supply Chain
  • Sustainable Communities of Tomorrow: Building for People and Place
  • Strategic Data Analytics: Urban Transport Congestion Management
  • Unlocking Facility Value Through Lifecycle Thinking
  • Waste Management and Recycling for Construction and Demolition Waste

Thank you to all those who attended and contributed to the workshops. I would like to especially thank our hosts in each city: Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works (Brisbane), New South Wales Roads and Maritime Services (Sydney), Aurecon (Melbourne) and Main Roads Western Australia (Perth).

If you would like to be involved in future National Industry Research Workshops, please get in touch.

United Nations dissemination of Australian SBEnrc research

Social housing research

Social housing continues to be a topic raised by industry and government stakeholders at our National Industry Research Workshops across Australia .

Since 2014, the SBEnrc have supported research in this area and to date have carried out three relevant research projects on social housing led by Dr Judy Kraatz , Griffith University, in collaboration with state governments, industry and national community housing bodies.

Click on the links below for further details on the SBEnrc’s contribution to this important area of national research.

  1. Rethinking Social Housing (2014-15)
  2. Valuing Social Housing (2015-17)
  3. Procuring Social and Affordable Housing (2017-18)





Upcoming events

AUBEA Conference 2018, Singapore

The Australasian Universities Building Education Association (AUBEA) promotes and improves teaching and research through communication and collaboration. It comprises academics representing universities providing education in building-related fields in Australasia and beyond. Curtin University’s School of Design and the Built Environment will host the next AUBEA Conference themed Educating Building Professionals for the Future: Innovation, Technology in the Globalised World at Curtin’s Singapore campus 26-28 September 2018.

CIB World Building Congress 2019, Hong Kong

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.

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Best regards,

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.

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John V. McCarthy AO
Chair, SBEnrc