Science Minister, Dave Kelly, today announced that the Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre (SBENRC) will receive a $50,000 science grant from the Western Australian Government.
The SBENRC, which was established in 2010 and is headquartered at Curtin University, is the successor to the Cooperative Research Centre for Construction Innovation.
As a core partner of the centre, the State Government benefits from the centre’s important research focus on sustainable infrastructure and building design, and the ways that sustainable design and innovation can deliver social, environmental, and economic benefits to all Western Australians.
The $50,000 grant announced today is additional to the $400,000 in funding already provided by the WA Government through Main Roads’ partnership with the centre.
The funding will enable the centre to continue a number of research projects that focus on a range of topics, including investigating ways to improve liveability and environmental performance of social and affordable housing, as well as developing sustainable procurement practices and innovations to reduce costs and extend the useful life of the state’s social housing.
Science Minister Dave Kelly said in the face of ongoing climate change, sustainable design and development practices are key to minimising the impacts built form has on the environment and maximising the liveability of Australia’s towns and cities.
“I commend the important work being done by the Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre in helping create a more sustainable and liveable urban environment,” he commented.