Comfortable, affordable and low-carbon housing is possible, but according to experts at Wednesday’s National Forum on Low Carbon Housing for Low Income Households, there are multiple challenges that need tackling to get there.
Organised by the CRC for Low Carbon Living, ASBEC and the University of Wollongong (UOW), the forum brought together representatives from the not-for-profit sector, community housing, government agencies, architecture, energy providers, researchers and tenant advocacy groups to unpack barriers to delivering housing that is both affordable and sustainable. Other sessions explored potential pathways to achieving the goal, including policy approaches, strategies for retrofits, how to improve performance of new builds, and the challenges of introducing mandatory minimum standards for energy efficiency in rental dwellings. UOW Sustainable Buildings Research Centre director Professor Paul Cooper told The Fifth Estate that while mandatory minimum standards were needed, there were some potential negatives. Read the full article on the Fifth Estate.