The voluntary program series, Part 4: Government as knowledge broker for low-carbon buildings

First published on the Fifth Estate: http://www.thefifthestate.com.au/spinifex/the-voluntary-program-series-part-4-government-as-knowledge-broker-for-low-carbon-buildings/79037 In this post I will address a second dominant type of voluntary program for low-carbon buildings, which seek to generate and share knowledge on how to develop and use low-carbon buildings. The programs I have studied all set ambitious targets in terms of the number of low-carbon buildings they... Continue Reading →

The voluntary program series, Part 3: the muddy business of low-carbon building certification and classification

First published on the Fifth Estate: http://www.thefifthestate.com.au/spinifex/the-voluntary-program-series-part-3-the-muddy-business-of-low-carbon-building-certification-and-classification/78944   In the previous posts I discussed the difficulty of regulating low-carbon building development and transformation; and the move towards voluntary programs in this area. In this and the next two posts I will address three dominant designs of voluntary programs for low-carbon buildings I have studied in Australia,... Continue Reading →

The voluntary program series, Part 2: rewards and enforcement

First published on the Fifth Estate: http://www.thefifthestate.com.au/spinifex/the-value-and-limits-of-voluntary-programs-for-low-carbon-buildings/78807 In my first article I explained why voluntary programs have become popular in governing the transition to a low-carbon built environment. In this post I explore voluntary programs and their rapid uptake in a wide range of sectors and countries in more depth. I specifically address expectations about how... Continue Reading →

The voluntary program series, Part 1: The value and limits of voluntary programs for low-carbon buildings

First published on the Fifth Estate: http://www.thefifthestate.com.au/spinifex/the-value-and-limits-of-voluntary-programs-for-low-carbon-buildings/78807 Voluntary programs have become increasingly popular in the transition towards a low-carbon economy. They are particularly dominant in the area of low-carbon building development and transformation. Australian examples are Green Star and CitySwitch, both applied throughout Australia, 1200 Buildings in Melbourne, and the Better Building Partnership in Sydney. These... Continue Reading →

Making cities better: voluntary programs aren’t enough

Originally posted on: https://theconversation.com/making-cities-better-voluntary-programs-arent-enough-35535 Voluntary programs are all the rage. From ratcheting up cybersecurity to fighting obesity, firms in the United States and elsewhere voluntarily make pledges to do better than governmental regulation. Firms are rewarded for doing so. Governments may stall the introduction of mandatory regulation, clients may be more inclined to buy their goods, and investors... Continue Reading →

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