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

Trivess Moore, Yolande Strengers, Cecily Maller

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)240-255
Number of pages16
JournalUrban Policy and Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 16 Feb 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • building performance
  • cost-benefit analysis
  • householder perceptions
  • Low-carbon buildings
  • mixed-methods
  • qualitative research
  • quantitative research
  • sustainability

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