DR Robert CRAWFORD

DR Robert CRAWFORD

Positions

  • Embodied energy, carbon and water (Assessment, methods, data)
  • Environmental building design (Sustainable buildings, zero-carbon buildings)
  • Environmental impact assessment (Environmental impact identification and mitigation)
  • Environmental impacts of construction (Energy, water, greenhouse gas emissions)
  • Greenhouse gas emissions analysis (Embodied emissions analysis)
  • Life cycle assessment (Methodological development, application, consultancy)
  • Renewable energy systems (Life cycle assessment of wind and solar-thermal and -photoelectric systems)

Overview

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  • Dr Robert Crawford has broad research expertise and interest in the built environment, sustainability, life cycle assessment and renewable energy. His research focuses on building environmental assessment, with a particular emphasis on sustainable resource use, the environmentally appropriate selection of materials and sustainable building design and feasibility. This work has involved improving life cycle assessment methodologies; performing extensive embodied energy/water/carbon assessments of buildings, their components and renewable energy systems; and validation of life cycle assessment methodologies. He is an expert in modelling indirect (embodied) environmental impacts.


    Robert is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, teaching in the areas of life cycle assessment, supply chain management and prefabrication in construction. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Melbourne Energy Institute and a Member of the Australian Government's Expert Panel on Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment.


    The contribution of Robert’s work to the fields of construction and environmental assessment has been demonstrated and acknowledged by various awards. He has also acted as a researcher, consultant and adviser to several State Government departments, research and professional organisations.

       

Affiliation

Member of

  • Australian and New Zealand Architectural Science Association. Member 2002 -

Publications

Selected publications

Research

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Additional Grant Information

  • Future Generation Fellow, 2008-2010.

    Future Transport Scenarios, The University of Melbourne Interdisciplinary Seed Funding Scheme, 2011.

    TRIGEN: A Holistic Approach for Optimised Usage of Heating, Cooling and Electricity for Bulk Energy Consumers, The University of Melbourne Interdisciplinary Seed Funding Scheme, 2011.

    Low Carbon Cities Steering Committee, The University of Melbourne, Interdisciplinary Steering Committee Funding Scheme, 2010.

    MUtopia: A Collaborative-Interdisciplinary Platform For Visualisation, Simulation And Testing Innovative Ideas Of Future Sustainable Urban Development, The University of Melbourne Interdisciplinary Seed Funding Scheme, 2010.

    TEMPLATE SCHOOLS: A triple bottom line review of the BER initiative, The University of Melbourne Interdisciplinary Seed Funding Scheme, 2010.

    Industrial Ecology Virtual Laboratory, NeCTAR, 2012-2014 ($1.1m)

    Heritage + Conservation: A Strategy for Renewing ABP’s Engagement, The University of Melbourne, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning Strategic Initiative Funding Scheme, 2011 ($52k)

    University of Melbourne Architecture Building Archive, The University of Melbourne, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning Strategic Initiative Funding Scheme, 2013-2015 ($149k)

    Heading for the stars: The effectiveness of increasing building code energy efficiency requirements on reducing the life cycle energy demand of residential buildings, The University of Melbourne, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, Research Project Seeding Grant, 2014 ($5k)

    Environmental and Economic Cost of Recycling Construction Waste in Alice Springs, LEBA Medium Research Grant, 2016 ($9,982)

    Enhanced modelling capacity for the Industrial Ecology Virtual Laboratory, Australian Research Council, Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities, LE160100066, 2016 ($260k)

       

Awards

Education and training

  • GCUT, University of Melbourne 2011
  • PhD, Deakin University 2004
  • BA (Arch) (Hons), Deakin University 2001
  • BA (Arch), Deakin University 1999

Awards and honors

  • Lend Lease Professional of the Year - Finalist, Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS), 2013
  • MBM Research and Teaching Award, Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS), 2013
  • Best Paper Nomination for paper titled 'Template schools: building the big picture using multi-disciplinary research', Annual Conference 2011, Australia and New Zealand Architectural Science Association (ANZAScA), 2011
  • Best Academic Paper Award, Annual Conference 2011, Australasian Universities Building Education Association (AUBEA) Best Academic Paper Award (2011), 2011
  • Best Paper Nomination for paper titled 'Optimising the life cycle energy performance of residential buildings', Annual Conference 2011, Australia and New Zealand Architectural Science Association (ANZAScA), 2011
  • Interdisciplinary Award for Sustainability and Environmental Writing, The University of Melbourne Office for Environmental Programs, 2009
  • Best Paper Award, Annual Conference 2006, Australia and New Zealand Architectural Science Association (ANZAScA), 2006
  • Excellent Building Research Postgraduate Award, Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), 2005
  • Travel Award, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), 2004
  • Best Paper Award, Annual Conference 2004, Australia and New Zealand Architectural Science Association (ANZAScA), 2004
  • Travel Award, International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA), 2003
  • Vice Chancellor's Prize, Deakin University, 2002
  • Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship, Deakin University, 2001
  • Wal Read Memorial Award, Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society (ANZSES), 2001
  • Water Heater Design Competition, Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA), 2000

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Supervision

Available for supervision

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Supervision Statement

  • Dr Robert Crawford has broad research expertise and supervision capabilities in the areas of environmental building design and assessment, embodied energy and water modelling, life cycle assessment and prefabrication in construction and welcomes queries from students planning to undertake postgraduate studies in any of these areas.