Green buildings for greying people : a case study of a retirement village in Australia

Zuo, Jian, Xia, Bo, Barker, Jake, & Skitmore, Martin (2014) Green buildings for greying people : a case study of a retirement village in Australia. Facilities, 32(7/8), pp. 365-381.

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With an increasingly ageing population and widespread acceptance of the need for sustainable development in Australia, the demand for green retirement villages is increasing. This paper aims to identify the critical issues to be considered by developers and practitioners when embarking on their first green residential retirement project in Australia.


In view of the lack of adequate historical data for quantitative analysis, a case study approach is employed to examine the successful delivery of green retirement villages. Face-to-face interviews and document analysis were conducted for data collection.


The findings of the study indicate that one of the major obstacles to the provision of affordable green retirement villages is the higher initial costs involved. However, positive aspects were identified, the most significant of which relate to: the innovative design of site and floor plans; adoption of thermally efficient building materials; orientation of windows; installation of water harvesting and recycling systems, water conservation fittings and appliances; and waste management during the construction stage. With the adoption of these measures, it is believed that sustainable retirement development can be achieved without significant additional capital costs.

Practical implications

The research findings serve as a guide for developers in decision making throughout the project life-cycle when introducing green features into the provision of affordable retirement accommodation.


This paper provides insights into the means by which affordable green residential retirement projects for aged people can be successfully completed.

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ID Code: 50262
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Green building, retirement village, aging population, case study, Australia
ISSN: 0263-2772
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Emerald Group Publishing
Deposited On: 14 May 2012 22:27
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2014 03:17

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