Smart housing and social sustainability: Learning from the residents of Queensland’s Research House

Buys, Laurie, Barnett, Karen R., Miller, Evonne, & Bailey, Chanel (2005) Smart housing and social sustainability: Learning from the residents of Queensland’s Research House. Australian Journal of Emerging Technologies and Society, 3(1), pp. 43-57.


One fifth of greenhouse gas emissions in Australia are generated by the everyday activities of households (Commonwealth of Australia 2005a). Higher consumer awareness of the impact of housing on the environment (Commonwealth of Australia 2003, 2005b) and of sustainable housing alternatives (The State of Queensland 2005a) is essential. One of the drawbacks to mainstreaming ecologically sustainable housing designs is consumer resistance, based on perceptions of eco- or green- housing as being less aesthetically pleasing, and less economically attractive for resale than traditional housing (Minnery et al. 2003). This paper reports findings from a small social study about the experiences of a family who lived in ‘Research House’, Australia, for a two year period monitoring product performance and household economies in a sustainable house. Residents reported satisfaction and improved feelings of safety when living in the spacious, airy and secure home, providing feedback to enable product improvement and assist consumer decision-making about sustainable housing.

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ID Code: 6065
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of this journal can be freely accessed online via the journal’s web page (see link).
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Keywords: sustainable housing, Smart Housing, Research House, social sustainability, design evaluation
ISSN: 1449-0706
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Interior Design (120106)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (160400) > Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning) (160404)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Australian Centre for Emerging Technologies and Society
Deposited On: 06 Feb 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:11

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