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Regenerative sustainability and geodesign in Byron Shire
Byron Shire, NSW, Australia, aims to transition to zero emissions within ten years in five sectors - energy, buildings, transport, land use and waste. This study investigates the potential of Geodesign to effectively map the shire during this transition. A contextual study of the shire's...
Happy homes – the relationship between homes and mental wellbeing: a review of the literature
Purpose: This paper set out to uncover the advice available to help people take effective action within our home to improve mental health. The literature and professions are virtually silent on the issue. The professional advice is often the opposite suggesting we should get out...
Field studies to investigate impact of increasing R-value of building envelope on winter indoor relative humidity of Auckland houses
The study investigates relationships of winter indoor relative humidity and R-value of building envelope of the Auckland houses.
Thermal performance of passive techniques for roofs in tropical climate
Problem: Roofs receive the most intense solar heat load among all building envelope surfaces in Equatorial-region. Solar heat gain through roof contributes to a significant portion of building heat load. In tropics where building cooling is needed all-year-round, passive methods to reduce heat gain through...
An evaluation of stakeholder management approach for improving energy efficiency outcomes in housing
Context - Energy efficient housing is influenced by a number of attributes that describe the key players involved in its production. Stakeholders’ levels of interest, motivation, awareness and power to impose their decision can have an impact on housing energy performance. Understand-ing these stakeholder attributes...
The role of simulation in improving the thermal comfort and energy performance of existing aged care facilities
Context - Minimum thermal performance standards for residential building envelopes have been increasing in many countries for several decades, addressing concerns about occupant comfort, operational costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Simulation tools play a role in assessing the space heating/cooling load of new buildings and...
Understanding Australian real estate agent perspectives in promoting sustainability features in the residential property market
Problem - There is little evidence that over the past 20 years real estate agents in Australia are taking initiative in promoting sustainability features in the property purchase selection phase. Methodology/Approach - Residential real estate agents are selected as they are the conduit of information...
Rational or emotional? Failing to attract home owners in Germany to conduct energy-efficient renovation measures from a marketing perspective
Purpose / Context – Energy efficiency measures/ private home-owners/ decision process Methodology / Approach –Explorative research/ qualitative interviews/ content analysis Results – Decisions towards energetic renovation measures can be characterized as a strategic consumer decision rather than the often assumed purely investment decision. Emotionally shaped...
Environmental sustainability of prefabricated modular residential buildings compared to traditional equivalent: two case studies in Perth, Australia
The share of prefabricated modular residential buildings in the Australian construction market is growing mainly because they are quicker to erect on-site than traditional construction, and often cheaper; but how about their carbon footprint and more particularly their thermal performance? To bring some light on...
Healthy Housing 2016: the 7th International Conference on Energy and Environment of Residential Buildings, 20-24 November, 2016, Brisbane, Australia
This conference series was initiated in Sendai, Japan in 2000 and has played a significant role in the development of Energy and Environment of Residential Buildings. It is well attended by researchers and academics from Asia, Europe and North America. The conference series offers an...