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Planning, building and climate change

What are the latest trends in low-energy housing construction? How is drought affecting engineering and building practises? What are the planning implications of climate change for Melbourne and Victoria?

Researchers and industry experts will explore these questions next month at Planning and Building in a Changing Climate, a conference organised by RMIT University in conjunction with the Foundation and Footings Society of Australia.

Registrations are closing soon for the conference at RMIT’s Storey Hall on 12 and 13 September, which will examine the implications of climate change for land use and structures.

Planners, engineers, building professionals, environmental scientists and policy-makers in local and state government are invited to register and attend the conference, which will include site visits to the “Good, the Bad and the Ugly” in Melbourne developments.

Presenters include:

• Dr Barrie Pittock, CSIRO Honorary Fellow and climate science expert on “Climate implications for emission reduction, engineering and planning”;

• Alan Pears, Adjunct Professor at RMIT University, on “Climate change challenges for construction and energy use”;

• Dr Michael Buxton, Associate Professor at RMIT University, on “Urban planning implications of climate change”;

• Dr Peter Fisher, Central Queensland University, on “The Impact of development and climate on urban tree cover”; and

• Dominic Lopes, Swinburne University of Technology, on “Effects of soil moisture changes on engineering and land use”.

Registrations for Planning and Building in a Changing Climate (12-13 September) close on Monday 8 September.

To register, email: [email protected]