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Exploring the energy efficiency conversation in the Australian volume home building sector

Erika Bartak, Georgia Warren-Myers

Proceedings from the PRRES Conference - 2019 25th Annual Conference, January 14 - 16 2019 Melbourne, Australia | Pacific Rim Real Estate Society | Published : 2019

Abstract

Housing with high operational energy efficiency has the potential to positively contribute towards the global environmental challenge of climate change. Further, these types of homes can provide social and financial household benefits such as improved health and wellbeing, and reduced cost of living. Although these potential benefits are well known, the adoption of higher standards of energy efficiency in new Australian housing is not widespread. This is in part a result of limited mandatory requirements (compared to the benchmarks of other developed economies), and limitations to demand creation by consumers – two contributing features of an ongoing ‘blame game’ between consumer, government..

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