Karee Borland

Karee Borland

Industry PhD Student

Industry PhD project title: Prefabricated Solutions for Retrofitting Homes

RACE University and Industry partners: Curtin University & Climate-KIC

Previous education and work background:

  • Master of Arts (ESD)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental)

As an Environmental Engineer, my background is in transport and land use planning, project management and urban design, with particular experience in community consultation. More recently, I have worked as a sustainability consultant and NatHERS Energy Assessor, advising on energy efficiency and sustainable building design & construction. I also have an interest in small sustainable housing and prefabricated/off-site construction.

What attracted you to the RACE Industry PhD?
The opportunity to find better ways to build, and potentially have a real impact on the future of sustainable building.

Short answers to any of the following:
When you were young, what did you want to be when you were older?

What are you most looking forward to?
Working with people and organisations who are passionate about sustainability and optimistic about what can be achieved.

What innovation/change would you like to see in 5-10 years’ time?
I hope that better information, products and technologies are widely accessible, so that people may choose to build sustainable urban communities, and that the planning frameworks facilitate & support those choices. (Ten years might be a bit hopeful!)

Fun fact about you
I designed & built, as an owner-builder, my own ‘sustainable house’ in Fremantle, which was open for Sustainable House Day in 2011.

Favourite quote:

Be the change you want to see in the world.