Households' perceptions on sustainable home behaviour and improvements in Australia

Yang, Rebecca J. and Zou, Patrick X.W. 2013, Households' perceptions on sustainable home behaviour and improvements in Australia, in SB 2013 : Proceedings of the Sustainable Building and Construction Conference, Coventry University, Coventry, England, pp. 166-175.

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Title Households' perceptions on sustainable home behaviour and improvements in Australia
Author(s) Yang, Rebecca J.
Zou, Patrick X.W.
Conference name Sustainable Building and Construction. Conference (2013 : Coventry, England)
Conference location Coventry, England
Conference dates 3-5 Jul. 2013
Title of proceedings SB 2013 : Proceedings of the Sustainable Building and Construction Conference
Editor(s) Soetanto, Robby
Tsang, Neil
Ahmed, Abdullahi
Publication date 2013
Conference series Sustainable Building and Construction Conference
Start page 166
End page 175
Total pages 10
Publisher Coventry University
Place of publication Coventry, England
Summary 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.
ISBN 9781846000492
Language eng
Field of Research 120202 Building Science and Techniques
Socio Economic Objective 850704 Residential Energy Conservation and Efficiency
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
HERDC collection year 2013
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30055237

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Architecture and Built Environment
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