Urban planning

CSIRO's leading research, as captured in the latest State of the Environment report, explores the vulnerability of our air quality to catastrophic events like bushfires, and improvements we can make to manage pollution in the face of increasing hazardous events.

An aerial photo of homes in Australia.

The Australian Housing Data portal has now collected one million energy rating certificates from Australian homes, giving researchers, regulators, and industry associations an unprecedented snapshot of the energy efficiency of the nation’s housing stock.

An artist's rendition of a green outdoor hub with trees between buildings

The urban greening movement is looking at ways to make our urban environment cooler, more comfortable and more socially connected. We spoke to CSIRO Interdisciplinary ecologist Dr Brenda Lin about best-practice urban greening.

Bushfire burns dangerously close to residential property

As we head into another bushfire season, a new online guide offers advice on building and retrofitting homes for bushfire resilience.

A Queensland bushfire resilience guide for homeowners was named a state finalist in the Resilient Australia Awards in Brisbane on October 6, 2021. We step through the guide's top tips.

Interior of a kitchen and living room

For nearly 70 years, CSIRO scientists have been working on the science behind the 10-star energy ratings for homes in Australia. We look at how CSIRO’s tools are used in the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme, and the science behind the stars.

A large storm depicted by rolling grey clouds looms in the sky above Sydney Harbour. Image Richard Hirst.

With extreme events impacting our cities more than ever before, twenty-two experts from around the globe have the technological, environmental and social answers.

Aerial picture of Narrabri. Regional centres like Narrabri offer an attractive alternative to living in a major city.

Regional centres have a big role to play in the future of living in Australia

Two people in flood waters, one holding a dog

As our climate changes, we'll experience more extreme weather. We're researching how we can create better cities that can withstand heavy rains and floods.