Sue Baker Brisbane December 2, 2005

Hi

I'd like to list an item on Listserv regarding barriers to sustainable housing. "Brisbane City Council has introduced a Sustainable Housing Rebate. Under the program Council will give a $500 rebate to the first 500 people who build or buy new sustainable homes in the Brisbane area between July 2005 and December 2006. The objective of the program is to encourage buyers to future proof their home by including water and energy saving features, as well as design elements intended to improve accessibility such as level entry-ways, wider doors and hallways, and easy to operate light switches and power points. In line with this program we have developed a Checklist for houses and units. We have compiled a list of what we consider to be the perceived barriers, however, we were hoping you would be able to point us in the direction of some market research that you may be aware of that shows the real barriers, both from the perspective of the buyers/residents and the housing industry. Any information or direction you would be able to give would be greatly appreciated.

Sue

Sue Baker
A/Policy Analyst Sustainability Team
Natural Environment and Sustainability Branch