urban sustainability & resilience

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The voluntary program series, Part 6: Promising voluntary programs for low-carbon buildings

First published on the Fifth Estate: http://www.thefifthestate.com.au/spinifex/the-voluntary-program-series-part-6-promising-voluntary-programs-for-low-carbon-buildings/79188   Have the last three posts left you in despair? While writing the book being summarised in these posts, the overall narrative of poor … Continue reading

December 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

The voluntary program series, Part 5: New forms of financing for low-carbon buildings

First published on the Fifth Estate: http://www.thefifthestate.com.au/spinifex/the-voluntary-program-series-part-5-new-forms-of-financing-for-low-carbon-buildings/79140 This post addresses new forms of financing as the third dominant type of voluntary programs for low-carbon buildings. These programs seek to overcome yet … Continue reading

December 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

The voluntary program series, Part 4: Government as knowledge broker for low-carbon buildings

First published on the Fifth Estate: http://www.thefifthestate.com.au/spinifex/the-voluntary-program-series-part-4-government-as-knowledge-broker-for-low-carbon-buildings/79037 In this post I will address a second dominant type of voluntary program for low-carbon buildings, which seek to generate and share knowledge on … Continue reading

November 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

The voluntary program series, Part 3: the muddy business of low-carbon building certification and classification

First published on the Fifth Estate: http://www.thefifthestate.com.au/spinifex/the-voluntary-program-series-part-3-the-muddy-business-of-low-carbon-building-certification-and-classification/78944   In the previous posts I discussed the difficulty of regulating low-carbon building development and transformation; and the move towards voluntary programs in this … Continue reading

November 30, 2015 · 1 Comment

The voluntary program series, Part 2: rewards and enforcement

First published on the Fifth Estate: http://www.thefifthestate.com.au/spinifex/the-value-and-limits-of-voluntary-programs-for-low-carbon-buildings/78807 In my first article I explained why voluntary programs have become popular in governing the transition to a low-carbon built environment. In this post … Continue reading

November 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

The voluntary program series, Part 1: The value and limits of voluntary programs for low-carbon buildings

First published on the Fifth Estate: http://www.thefifthestate.com.au/spinifex/the-value-and-limits-of-voluntary-programs-for-low-carbon-buildings/78807 Voluntary programs have become increasingly popular in the transition towards a low-carbon economy. They are particularly dominant in the area of low-carbon building development … Continue reading

October 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

The trouble of a medium-n study—and how I got out of it (part 3)

It looks like I’m almost done. The last two weeks have been absolutely insane with close to 22,000 words written (and only during normal-ish hours) and the two final chapters … Continue reading

August 28, 2015 · 1 Comment

The trouble of a medium-n study—and how I got out of it (part 2)

Where the previous months were a drag in terms of book writing, the last two weeks have been pretty productive. I’ve managed to stick to the planned schedule of working on … Continue reading

July 3, 2015 · 1 Comment

The trouble of a medium-n study—and how I got out of it

Over the last months I have struggled in getting the book (back) on track. With 60 examples of governance innovations of resource efficient and low-carbon buildings and cities from 6 … Continue reading

June 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Shut up, and write (a review of books-on-writing-books)

Writing is hard work. It is. For a long time I thought it was not. But I was wrong. Very much so. I have only begun to realise how hard … Continue reading

April 12, 2015 · 1 Comment