This project aims to provide an analysis of housing retrofit and its links with household energy costs.

  • Project dates: 2018
  • Funding: $511,109.00

Over 20 percent of Australian households are energy poor, and this is growing rapidly alongside spiralling bills and falling housing affordability.

This globally significant research project uniquely brings together areas of scholarship on housing and affordability, environmental upgrades, and disadvantage. Set across eight global urban sites, the project will provide a socio-material analysis of retrofit that includes householders as well as the businesses that supply retrofit services. Outcomes include a robust empirical evidence base on the implications of retrofit for households in energy poverty, and a co-designed policy suite that allows stakeholders to tailor actions that will shape the lives of residents in Australian households.

Building on this, it will co-develop and document with end users a 10 year strategy to improve both environmental and equity dimensions of retrofit for current and future generations of urban Australians.

Key People

Lead researchers

Professor Ralph Horne

Professor Ralph Horne

Deputy PVC, Research and Innovation

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Housing energy efficiency transitions

Associate Professor Emma Baker

The University of Adelaide

Housing energy efficiency transitions

Dr Trivess Moore

RMIT University

Housing energy efficiency transitions

Dr Francisco Azpitarte Raposeiras

The University of Melbourne

Partner Investigators

  • Prof Gordon Walker, Lancaster University Dr Sergio Tirado Herrero, RMIT Europe Mr Damian Sullivan, Brotherhood of St Lawrence

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