Residential Sustainability Business Case – AEF | Australian Energy Foundation

Residential Sustainability Business Case

AEF was commissioned by the Victorian Building Commission to undertake research to investigate the impact of differing levels of residential thermal performance upon energy, financial and greenhouse gas savings, comfort levels, and construction cost. The main objective was to identify and analyse the benefits and costs associated with energy efficient homes, and different approaches to delivering high performance homes. AEF undertook the research in collaboration with Net Balance.


The objective of the research was to determine to what extent (and to what point) energy efficiency investments in residential buildings make good economic sense for the home owner.  This is in the context of a “whole-of-life” analysis of the costs and benefits, in a context of the broader issue of housing affordability.


The final report was based on case studies and was directly usable by the Building Commission in the form of fact sheets and other capacity building material.