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CHANGES TO “ADMISSIONS TO HIGHER DEGREE RESEARCH PROGRAMS PROCEDURE” The HDR Admissions Procedure has gone through extensive consultation and has now been approved. It is available from the Governance Support website at The major changes that you may notice in the Procedure are:  It is now a requirement that prospective supervisors have an interview with applicants prior to an offer of admission being made to the applicant. The format of the interview is not mandated so supervisors can determine the most appropriate method for each circumstance.  Eligibility requirements have now been simplified and the clause indicating that the HDC can determine equivalence has been retained to allow for other pathways  Greater detail has been provided on the application process for applicants transferring from other institutions  Greater detail has been provided on the process for applying for readmission after discontinuation

CRCLCL attends first meeting of Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction CRCLCL CEO Scientia Professor Deo Prasad recently attended the first Paris-based meeting of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (launched at the 2015 meeting of COP21). He took part in discussions on how such an alliance can contribute to knowledge sharing to support the shared objective of keeping the global temperatures under 1.5 to 2.0 degrees centigrade. The CRCLCL is a MoU partner of the Alliance. There is a considerable role to be played by developed countries in sharing knowledge (evidence for design, planning and policy innovations), and availability of tools, data, technologies and systems with lesser developed countries. The CRCLCL shares much of its public domain research outputs and will continue to do so through its upcoming web-based Knowledge Hub portal. CRCLCL joins Expert Committee for Carbon Neutral Precincts standards (NCOS) The CRCLCL is pleased to be joining other industry leaders on the Expert Committee for carbon neutral precincts standards (NCOS), recently announced by the Australian Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt. We welcome the Minister’s commitment to working towards carbon neutral cities and precincts and our leading research and innovations can certainly help achieve this. We are also well represented at the Future Cities Summit with our Chair Robert Hill AC and Prof Peter Newman speaking. We hope to engage much more with all levels of governments to present high quality evidence on design, planning and policy innovation. CRCLCL Media New project video launched CRCLCL project RP2006 FredZED - Mainstreaming LC Housing in WA recently launched a video outlining the potential and economic benefits of installing solar batteries in residential housing in Perth, WA. Watch the video here Assessing embodied carbon in the Australian built environment CRCLCL researcher Thomas Wiedmann (along with UNSW colleagues Judith Schinabeck and Sven Lundie) wrote a piece for The Fifth Estate on tools which can be used to measure the embodied carbon emissions of buildings, precincts and infrastructure. They considered the tools currently available to planners and designers, their limitations and the features of an ideal tool. Read the article

Built Environment Research News May 2016  
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