Considering client‐driven sustainability in residential housing

Peter Raisbeck (Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia)
Sarah Wardlaw (Threefold Architects, Melbourne, Australia)

International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis

ISSN: 1753-8270

Publication date: 2 October 2009

Abstract

Purpose

Energy emissions from the new houses being built over recent years have increased rather than declined since the implementation of the current government rating system. This is despite evidence of Australians' growing concern about climate change. This paper seeks to compare the demographics, attitudes and knowledge of people considering building a new home with the factors that would motivate them to adopt a more sustainable home.

Design/methodology/approach

The empirical data from a survey of 32 people considering building a home were statistically analysed.

Findings

The results of the research indicate that financial incentives are the key motivator. Furthermore, the research identifies a relationship between age and preferred motivators.

Practical implications

The findings of the research project allow a better understanding of the target group, which can be used to initiate more targeted motivators to encourage them to adopt a more sustainable house design. This can inform more directed marketing of sustainable investment incentives.

Originality/value

The research project establishes an understanding of the target group and the important motivators that would encourage these people, who are considering building a new house, to drive sustainability in residential design. The findings allow a better understanding of the target group, which can be used to initiate more targeted motivators to encourage them to adopt a more sustainable house design.

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Citation

Raisbeck, P. and Wardlaw, S. (2009), "Considering client‐driven sustainability in residential housing", International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis, Vol. 2 No. 4, pp. 318-333. https://doi.org/10.1108/17538270910992773

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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