Utilising mixed methods research to inform low-carbon social housing performance policy

Moore, T, Strengers, Y and Maller, C 2016, 'Utilising mixed methods research to inform low-carbon social housing performance policy', Urban Policy and Research, vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 240-255.


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Title Utilising mixed methods research to inform low-carbon social housing performance policy
Author(s) Moore, T
Strengers, Y
Maller, C
Year 2016
Journal name Urban Policy and Research
Volume number 34
Issue number 3
Start page 240
End page 255
Total pages 16
Publisher Routledge
Abstract There is an over reliance on cost-benefit analysis in the policy development and evaluation of sustainable housing outcomes. This paper presents both qualitative and quantitative analyses from a multi-year mixed methods evaluation of four new low-carbon social houses in regional Victoria, Australia. Through a cost-benefit lens the housing was not financially viable. Householder interviews highlighted positive social outcomes such as improved health. A narrow focus by housing performance policy makers on cost-benefit analysis results in important understandings about housing and householders being overlooked or undervalued; inclusion of multiple evaluation methods can help to reflect a more realistic sustainable housing future.
Subject Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified
Urban Analysis and Development
Keyword(s) Low-carbon buildings
costbenefit analysis
householder perceptions
qualitative research
quantitative research
building performance
mixedmethods
sustainability
DOI - identifier 10.1080/08111146.2015.1077805
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