Understand Our Projects

Low Energy High Rise – Stage Two

Energy efficiency is good for business. It can reduce costs, improve the value of commercial property, make a building more attractive to existing and prospective tenants, reduce maintenance hassles and improve tenant comfort.

This world first project found that there was significant differences in energy efficiency and established the first empirical data to relate operational behaviour to energy efficiency outcomes. Following the completion of the Stage 1 Project, Stage 2 sets out to develop information to assist building operators in the implementation of energy efficiency strategies and behaviours.

Implementing PPIR™ (Professional Performance, Innovation and Risk) 

This project is asking very fundamental questions about the climate in which engineers currently operate; about professional performance and the complex minefields of law and liability that govern everyday engineering; about engineering risk and responsible risk-taking; and about the relationships between professional performance, innovation and risk.

The Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering launched the report Professional Performance, Innovation and Risk in Australian Engineering Practice (PPIR™), authored by leaders in the engineering industry. The PPIR™ report introduces: The PPIR™ Protocol – a guide to professional performance in engineering; and Initiatives to improve professional, liability and legal frameworks in, and raise the status of, engineering. You can download the protocol and the full report in our Publications tab.

Teachers for the Future

The Teachers for the Future Project examines the motivations of trainee teachers to shed light on the role they play in student’s subject and ultimate career choices, at a stage when they can still be influenced. The project has incorporated a survey of teachers by Professor Ian Gibson from Macquarie University through the NSW Council of Deans of Education (NSWCDE – formerly the Teachers Education Council). The final report will be published in the first half of 2012.

This research project will initially gather this data through a pilot survey of trainee teachers across NSW initially. Depending upon funding, it will be extended to their educators and their capital Institutions and taken nationally.

Urban Reform Project

Indicators show that NSW is still not delivering the required infrastructure, and our infrastructure deficit is being compounded by an increasing population and dwindling private sector investment.

This infrastructure shortfall must be urgently addressed in order to ensure the State’s ongoing economic growth and to deliver equitable outcomes for stakeholders and the community.

The Warren Centre has established “The Urban Reform Project” with the following broad aims:

  1. To identify barriers to successful infrastructure projects
  2. To identify and publish an Agenda for Reform through a consensus based approach
  3. To develop and publish a Framework for Reform and an Action Plan for implementation, expanding on the Agenda for Reform.


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