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Is building industry exaggerating cost of making homes more sustainable?

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12:43 pm
September 11, 2011



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Research at RMIT in Melbourne indicates that the building industry may be overestimating the costs of making new homes more sustainable.

At a free public talk on 8 September in advance of Canberra Sustainable House Day 2011, PhD student from RMIT's Centre for Design, Trivess Moore, indicated that building homes with 7 and 8 star ratings is affordable if you look at their whole of life affordability.

He found that an 8 star zero emission house is the most economical over the long term. For an extra 7 per cent upfront cost, it is possible to achieve a 64 per cent saving over 40 years.


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