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Online platform for enabling sustainable housing

Fonseca Mazzo, Camila (2020) Online platform for enabling sustainable housing. Other thesis, Murdoch University.

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Sustainability technologies for housing can yield significant benefits (environmental, social and economic). However, the general public’s unfamiliarity with these, unclear channels of communication, confusion by an extensive range of technologies available and conflicting sources of information are some of the main reasons for slow adoption of sustainability features, technologies and processes within the housing industry in Australia. Although sustainability technologies are evolving at a fast pace, their implementation in the housing industry has been occurring slowly. Australians could be missing opportunities for affordable, healthy, comfortable and environmentally friendly homes. Sustainable housing offers one of the most cost-effective solutions to climate change along with many other benefits. Therefore, there is a big need to incorporate sustainability into Australia's homes.

This research focusses on homeowners and homebuilders of Class 1a and Class 2 buildings in Australia as well as in the different types of technologies available within the country to be applied to these dwellings. The overall goal of this research is to identify the needs and analyse the impact of an online platform that provides guidance towards the selection of sustainability technologies while promoting their advantages efficiently and effectively. Thereby, helping to overcome the green housing information gap among real estate stakeholders. The approach chosen to achieve this goal involved a preliminary online questionnaire, sustainability technologies data acquisition, development of a technologies database along with cost-saving calculator, animated explanatory videos and a website. A final questionnaire analyses the outcome impact of the website on respondents’ opinions and decision-making.

Preliminary results were essential to shape the website to address homeowners’ requests and needs. The final questionnaire is based on the Technology Acceptance Model. It indicates perceived usefulness, ease of use, attitude and behavioural intention to use the website as a knowledge source. Overall, results were fairly consistent among respondents concluding that such a tool, if widely used, may help boost sustainable housing across Australia.

Item Type: Thesis (Other)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Environmental and Conservation Sciences
United Nations SDGs: Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
Notes: This is a Research Masters with Training thesis.
Supervisor(s): Anda, Martin, Wang, Alex and Murray, David
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