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Research – RMIT says housing can be affordable and sustainable

Posted in Research by Ferne Edwards on August 6th, 2007

The article below was published on 5 June, 2007, on the RMIT University website. It reports on research into the often-sited problem of attaining both economic AND environmental security in terms of housing.

RMIT says housing can be affordable and sustainable
The research will inform housing policy towards a socially, environmentally and economically sustainable future for Australia. The dilemma of how to integrate housing affordability and environmental performance in Australia will be examined for the first time thanks to new research by RMIT University. The three-year study, which will receive more than $335,000 from the Australian Research Council (ARC), will look at the apparent policy dilemma in balancing affordable housing and controlling greenhouse gas emissions from Australian homes.

Director of the RMIT Centre for Design and Chief Investigator for the project, Dr Ralph Horne, said the study would inform housing policy towards a socially, environmentally and economically sustainable future for Australia. “The study will contribute towards Australias National Research Priority 1 ‘Environmentally Sustainable Australia and will provide significant benefits in terms of the economy, water use and greenhouse gas emissions.”

The study will be conducted in partnership with the University of South Australia and is supported by key stakeholders in Victoria and South Australia.

RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President Margaret Gardner AO said the project highlighted the Universitys ongoing contributions to the economic and social design of policy making in Australia.

“RMIT is investing significantly in research which is of benefit to the wider community,” said Professor Gardner. “In this our 120th anniversary year, RMIT continues to be a leader in innovation and research.”

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