Households’ perceptions on sustainable home behaviour and improvements in Australia

Rebecca Yang, Patrick ZOU

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    The consumption of energy in the residential building is a major contributor to Australia’s stationary energy greenhouse gas emissions. With the aim of investigating the householders’ motivations and perspectives on sustainable home improvements, this study, by using an online survey instrument, collected more than 500 sets of questionnaire data from households in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Through statistical analysis of the data collected, this research has found that construction cost and government incentive were considered as major influence factors on achieving energy efficient residential building development, and the lower bills from reduced energy and water consumption were considered as the most important benefits from the households’ perspectives. The research also found that although many households exhibited a high level of awareness or had implemented some sustainability improvements, the total number of potential improvements scored poorly. A suggestion, based on these research findings, is that the government should promote the reasons and benefits for sustainability home improvements that are identified in this research paper, and try to reduce material costs and improve government incentives.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSB 2013 : Proceedings of the Sustainable Building and Construction Conference
    Editors Soetanto, Robby
    Place of PublicationCoventry UK
    PublisherCoventry University
    Number of pages9
    ISBN (Print)9781846000492
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    EventSustainable Building and Construction Conference - Coventry, United Kingdom
    Duration: 3 Jul 20135 Jul 2013


    ConferenceSustainable Building and Construction Conference
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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