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University of Melbourne team to establish researcher network for decarbonising the building industry

Ngày tạo : 15/08/2023

A Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology research team, led by Professor Tuan Ngo, will build a Researcher Network for Decarbonising the Building Industry (RNDBI), thanks to a $2 million Federal Government International Clean Innovation Researcher Networks grant.

According to research from the International Energy Agency, the building industry is responsible for one-third of all carbon emissions worldwide. Predominantly, energy consumed in building operation is a major contributor, alongside used construction materials like cement, concrete, steel and aluminium and construction methodologies that also have a high carbon footprint.


Prof Tuan Ngo.


Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology Professor Mark Cassidy said the new network will help meet the Australian Government's commitment to reducing emissions.

The University of Melbourne is ideally placed to lead this initiative, given the outstanding research expertise and the University’s absolute commitment to contributing to a sustainable future.

"The Researcher Network for Decarbonising the Building Industry will spearhead initiatives in renewable energy assimilation, pioneering low-carbon materials and optimising operational energy, energy efficiency and building services for a sustainable future," Professor Cassidy said.

Professor Ngo leads the Advanced Protective Technologies of Engineering Structures (APTES) Research Group, one of the leading centres in advanced materials, resilient and sustainable systems for buildings and infrastructure in the Asia Pacific region. He is also Research Program Leader (Building Transformation) of the Building 4.0 CRC, a $130m initiative to transform the building industry in Australia.

“We are excited to be able to develop this network, which we hope will involve a large consortium of universities, industry and government agencies, with whom we can share knowledge, facilitate research collaborations and create new understandings to tackle the challenges of decarbonising the building industry towards Net Zero by 2050,” Professor Ngo said.


Solar panels on a house (Pixabay).


Dr Behzad Rismanchi, a key member of the research team, said the RNDBI was poised to be instrumental in achieving Australia's 2030 and 2050 emission reduction benchmarks and climatic objectives by slashing the building industry's emissions.

The founding members of RNDBI also include the University of New South Wales, Griffith University, Western Sydney University, Flinders University, James Cook University, University College London, Texas State University, The University of Hong Kong, Monash University Malaysia, Texas State University, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) Queensland, Aurecon, Institute for Building Science and Technology (IBST), Spark Projects Australia and M-Modular.

The International Clean Innovation Researcher Networks scheme has funded five new projects, totaling $12.4 million, that seek to help Australian researchers collaborate globally on clean energy research and development.

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