Cool Your Home: Using Thermal Imaging to Design Cooler Spaces

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Cool Your Home: Using Thermal Imaging Research to Design Cooler Spaces


Saturday 3 February, 2024

Lower Level Planetary Health Precinct

33-39 Acacia St Katoomba

(former Katoomba Golf Course)


The urban heat island effect is described by Sebastian Pfautsch, Associate Professor Urban Planning and Management at Western Sydney University, as “a phenomenon whereby surface and air temperatures in built-up areas become hotter compared to nearby vegetated sites”.  It is driven by the conversion of green to grey (plants to concrete) in urbanised spaces. This can dramatically raise local temperatures during heatwaves. Sebastian says that “More people die from heat than all other natural disasters combined.”

Tracie McMahon, Lithgow Area Local News


Associate Professor Pfautsch’s Senior Research Assistant, Dr Agnieszka Wujeska-Klause, will share research results on the most appropriate actions to lower heat in summer and guide you in how to use a thermal imaging camera to help you identify which surfaces retain the most heat. Use this information to make appropriate decisions to cool your environment ahead of the next heatwave. 

Places are limited so registrations essential here

Contact Saskia for more information on 0473 882 868 or email

This workshop is part of a Bioregional Collaboration for Planetary Health and is supported by the Disaster Risk Reduction Fund (DRRF). The DRRF is jointly funded by the Australian and New South Wales governments.