Sustainability research

Use our research to help design your sustainability programs.

Solar panels on cottage roof

Connecting comfort to energy efficiency and sustainability

Comfort is the leading driver and motivator for households in the home purchase and home renovation market. This research shows how comfort can be leveraged to drive positive behaviours and meet program targets.

Connecting comfort to energy efficiency and sustainability (PDF 6.4MB)
Authored by Instinct and Reason. Commissioned by the Office of Environment and Heritage.

Sustainable households – survey of homeowners

This research looks at the experiences, behaviours and motivations of householders wanting to lower their energy use, reduce running costs and adopt sustainable practices.

Sustainable households - survey of homeowners (PDF 4.5MB)
Authored by Instinct and Reason. Commissioned by the Office of Environment and Heritage.

Sustainable households – survey of tradespeople

Research that gives insight into what tradespeople currently know about sustainability and how to reach them with information that will fill any knowledge gaps.

Sustainable households - survey of tradespeople (PDF 2.2MB)
Authored by Instinct and Reason. Commissioned by the Office of Environment and Heritage.

Who Cares about the Environment?

Every three years since 1994, the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) has conducted a survey of the NSW community and discussion groups to track trends in the public’s environmental views, priorities, knowledge and actions.

Read the most recent and previous Who Cares about the Environment? reports.

Local Sustainable Housing Study

This project investigated the current (2017) role of NSW local councils and developers in driving increased adoption of ecologically sustainable development (ESD) practices in the residential sector, above and beyond the minimum standards set by BASIX and other regulations.

Read the Towards Sustainable Planning in the Housing Sector: A summary of the Local Sustainable Housing Study.

University of Wollongong Housing Mapping project

NSW Housing Typology Development project – Final Report
This research project determined the main housing typologies of the current housing stock in NSW and the sustainability and energy efficiency upgrade potential of each typology. Authored by the University of Wollongong. Commissioned by the Office of Environment and Heritage.

NSW Housing Stock Mapping Project (Phase I: Illawarra Pilot) – Final Report
This project developed a quantitative database of existing residential housing stock characteristics, with a focus on the Illawarra Region. This final report recommended to expand the project to cover the broader NSW housing stock, address data gaps, align with BASIX data and develop sector specific tools to support application by various end-users. Authored by the University of Wollongong. Commissioned by the Office of Environment and Heritage.

NSW Housing Stock Mapping Project (Phase II) – Final Report
Phase II of the NSW Housing Stock Mapping Project built on the initial work completed by the University of Wollongong for Housing Stock Mapping in the Illawarra region, extending the housing stock mapping to all of NSW. Authored by the University of Wollongong. Commissioned by the Office of Environment and Heritage.

NSW Housing Stock Mapping Project (Phase II) – Appendix 1: BASIX Data Validation Study
A small pilot was delivered as part of the Housing Stock Mapping project. This compared planned construction data (BASIX certificates database, Department of Planning and Environment) with final construction information contained within Development Applications and Construction Certificates (Council), for a small sample of properties in the Illawarra.

Note: This study did not compare as-built compliance against the BASIX certificate, and recommended further study to incorporate post-construction assessment in order to assess the reliability of the information contained within the BASIX database. Authored by the University of Wollongong. Commissioned by the Office of Environment and Heritage.

NSW Housing Stock Mapping Project (Phase II) – Appendix 2: Discussion Paper
This Discussion Paper, developed out of the NSW Housing Stock Mapping project, makes seven recommendations to inform Office of Environment and Heritage decision making process for a potential statewide data management and visualisation system. Summarises the latest information on energy efficiency-related geo-spatial data collection, management and visualisation. Authored by the University of Wollongong. Commissioned by the Office of Environment and Heritage.