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Major projects

Find out more about some of our larger groundbreaking projects:

Cohousing for Seniors
A 12-month research project conducted by the Institute for Sustainable Futures at UTS and funded by a NSW Department of Family and Community Services Liveable Communities Grant and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage examined the opportunities presented by cohousing for seniors in NSW, the existing barriers to uptake, and ideas for overcoming these barriers.

Network Opportunity Mapping
The Network Opportunity Maps are free online maps of Australia’s electricity network that help to inform the market about locations where investment in demand management and renewable energy may reduce the need to invest in poles and wires assets, supporting the uptake of local sustainable energy options, and reduce costs for all consumers.
Facilitating Local Network Charges and Virtual Net Metering
This project aims to facilitate the introduction of reduced local network charges for partial use of the electricity network and the introduction of Virtual Net Metering (VNM) between associated customers and generators in the same local distribution area. This could offer desirable alternatives to customers who might otherwise choose to disconnect from the grid altogether or keep all their generation “behind the meter” drastically reducing the amount of electricity they take from the grid. The project involves five ‘virtual trials’ of local network charges and virtual net metering in NSW, VIC, and QLD.

NSW Adaptation Research Hub - Adaptive Communities Node
This three year research node examining the process of community adaptation within the State of New South Wales (NSW), commenced in August 2013.  The research is being led by the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology, Sydney in collaboration with the CSIRO- Climate Adaptation Flagship.  The $2.75 million research node is funded by the NSW Office of the Environment and Heritage.  The overall aim of the research node is to explore pathways of increasing the capacity of communities to adapt to such impacts and inform how government can service the changing and ongoing needs of adapting communities.

Societal Perceptions and Acceptability of Remediation Technologies (SPART)
This project explores the relationship between communities and contaminated land governance in Australia. Throughout 2014 the SPART project will be carrying out surveys, interviews and focus groups with members of local communities across Australia.

Independent review of Container Deposit Legislation
Container deposit legislation (CDL) describes legislation that establishes a deposit and refund system for used containers. In 2002 the NSW Minister for the Environment commissioned ISF to conduct and Independent Review of CDL in New South Wales.

Intelligent Grid
ISF was Cluster Leader for this Australian collaboration between the CSIRO and five universities to investigate technologies and practices to make our electricity networks smart, greener and more efficient.

Mineral Futures
The Mineral Futures Collaboration Cluster was a three year (2009-2012) research program that explored large and complex future sustainability issues in the minerals industry across regional, national and global scales.

Research into the impact of global phosphorus scarcity on agriculture has been a recent focus for the Institute leading it to instigate the formation of the Global Phosphorus Research Initiative to facilitiate quality interdisciplinary research on this issue.

Plug in Hybrid Electric Vehicles
A team led by Institute researchers has converted three Toyota Prius cars (a Hybrid Electric Vehicle) into PHEVs (Plug in Hybrid Electric Vehicles) by installing new battery and software technology so they can be charged directly from the domestic power grid.

Your Home: Design for Lifestyle and Future
Your Home was published by the Institute and the Australian Greenhouse Office to encourage the design, construction and renovation of homes that are comfortable, healthy and more environmentally sustainable. Institute researchers continue to contribute to updates to the Your Home fact sheets.

Wealth from waste
A research collaboration cluster project that evaluates the capacity for Australia to widen its approach to mineral production to one that involves greater secondary production as a means of reducing the environmental, social and economic impacts of primary production, and increasing capacity to supply the region with minerals for a range of advanced manufacturing applications.