How easy is it being "green" in sustainable housing? Residents experiences with smart housing design

Buys, Laurie, Bailey, Chanel, & Barnett, Karen R. (2004) How easy is it being "green" in sustainable housing? Residents experiences with smart housing design. In Bailey, C., Cabrera, D., & Buys, L. (Eds.) Social Change in the 21st Century Conference; Centre for Social Change Research.


Minimising the impact of domestic housing on the environment is an important focus for planners and designers of sustainable homes, however little is known about how consumers interact with and view sustainable housing design. With research indicating consumer reluctance towards the uptake of sustainable or "smart housing", this project was designed to monitor the day-to-day experiences of living in a Smart House. Research House in Rockhampton, Queensland has been a living laboratory over two years (2002-2004), called "home" by two adults. They shared their experiences of living in a smart house, interacting daily with sustainable housing design. This paper investigates the functional aspects of adaptation to living in smart housing. The focus is on resident's satisfaction with the design and physical layout of the house, specifically the surface design, airflow, natural lighting, access, security and spaciousness. Findings from this study contribute to evaluations of the impact of eco-friendly housing, providing consumer feedback and perceptions of smart house design after prolonged firsthand experience.

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ID Code: 645
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: sustainable housing, smart housing, qualitative report of smart housing design
ISBN: 1741070813
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Social Change (160805)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 (The authors)
Deposited On: 21 Dec 2004 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:05

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