Guide to low carbon residential buildings – retrofit

Saturday 21st December, 2019

Want to know which home retrofit options result in lowering your energy bill and carbon footprint?

Guide to low carbon residential buildings - retrofit
Guide to low carbon residential buildings – retrofit

Check out the Guide to Low Carbon Residential Buildings – retrofit to find out what options are available to suit your home and climate.

This guide is a research effort between Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living and the University of Wollongong’s Sustainable Building Research Centre. The lead author is Michael Whitehouse, director of Whitehouse Concepts.

The Guide to Low Carbon Residential Buildings – retrofit is one of a series of six addressing low carbon options in the built environment and each can be linked to within the guide. It begins by discussing  options, climatic regions and different housing types. Three page summaries of suitable retrofit options for each home type and climate combination are included of retrofit options assessed against their impact on home comfort, installation difficulty, up-front cost and energy savings. Then at the end of the guide, all the retrofit options are listed with links to further information.

Retrofit Options Diagram
Retrofit Options Diagram
 With less than 2% of the building stock in Australia replaced each year, there is a clear need to reduce carbon emissions in homes that have already been built and occupied.

The aim of the Guide to Low Carbon Residential Buildings – retrofit is to help inform homeowners planning building work on what options are available and would lower both their carbon footprint and energy cost.

Since its publication in in May 2019, it has been hugely successful, having been featured on The Green List – “CRC for Low Carbon Living: How to upgrade your home without the headaches or big price tags” and recently reached 4th spot for 2019 on the APO database for the built environment.