Sustainable innovation for Queensland’s housing design : a case study

Johnston, Michael, Guaralda, Mirko, & Sawang, Sukanlaya (2014) Sustainable innovation for Queensland’s housing design : a case study. Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building, 14(4), pp. 11-31.

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This research provides an assessment tool that assists the selection process of sustainability in detached suburban housing. It investigates the implications of using different design and construction methods including architecturally designed houses, developer housing and prefabricated houses. The study simulates one example of the three types of houses that have been chosen to fulfil a real client brief on a real site on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland Australia. Criteria for sustainability assessment are formulated based on literature reviews, exemplar designs and similar research projects for which the houses can be adequately evaluated. This criterion covers aspects including energy use, materials and thermal performance. The data is collected using computer models and sustainability assessment software to compare and draw conclusions on the success of each house.

Our study indicates that architecturally designed housing with prefabricated building techniques are a better alternative to generic developer style housing. Our research provides an insight into the implications of three key elements of sustainability including energy use, materials and thermal performance. Designers, builders, developers and home-buyers are given an insight into some options currently available on the housing market and how the choices made during early design stages can provide a more positive environmental impact.

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ID Code: 79577
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Sustainable Housing, Prefabrication, Perception, Attitude, Innovation
DOI: 10.5130/ajceb.v14i4.4146
ISSN: 1835-6354
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Michael Johnston et al.
Copyright Statement: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported (CC BY 4.0) License (, allowing third parties to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format and to remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially, provided the original work is properly cited and states its license.
Deposited On: 19 Dec 2014 06:17
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2015 22:13

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