Mr Michael Ambrose

Senior Experimental Scientist, CSIRO


Michael joined CSIRO in 1992 and is a senior experimental scientist in CSIRO’s Land and Water. He leads projects for industry and the Australian government, involving building energy efficiency, life cycle analysis and sustainable urban development.

Michael is currently undertaking analysis of house energy rating data obtained from the Universal Certificates (UC) that are created as part of the NatHERS energy efficiency compliance requirements for new houses contained within the National Construction Code.   Over 350,000 UC’s are in the database and this is allowing unprecedented insight into how new house designs are achieving their energy efficiency requirements.  As part of this work Michael is creating interactive data visualisation dashboards that will allow users to explore the data geospatially to discover area specific trends and practices.

Recently completed projects include assessing data gathered as part of the Low Income Energy Efficiency Project that was done in collaboration with the South East Councils Climate Change Alliance and leading the investigation into air infiltration rates of newly constructed houses across Australia.  This ground breaking research was the first time a major study of infiltration rates had been undertaken in Australia.  Around 140 houses were tested and analysed and the research results has led to changes in how residential buildings are accessed for compliance with the National Construction Code.

Michael is the author of numerous book chapters, papers and reports on building energy efficiency and urban sustainability.