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Pre- and Post-Occupancy Evaluation of Resident Motivations for and Experiences of Establishing a Home in a Low-Carbon Development

Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute, School of Design and the Built Environment, Curtin University, Bentley 6102, Australia
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Sustainability 2019, 11(14), 3970; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11143970
Received: 18 June 2019 / Revised: 12 July 2019 / Accepted: 20 July 2019 / Published: 22 July 2019
There is some understanding of how an individual’s daily practices consume resources in the home, but the home as a space itself and peoples’ relationships to it remain an interesting research area. In this paper, residents of an Australian low-carbon development (LCD) are studied in order to discover the expectations and motivations driving them to move to their new home, the emotional landscape of the home, and their subsequent experiences living in an LCD. This exploration through mixed methods and a post-occupancy evaluation enables a longitudinal empirical study of the motivations, perceptions, expectations and experiences of an LCD residence. This study aims to further conceptualize the social understanding of a home and what people consider when moving into an LCD, along with the post-occupancy experiences that are important for establishing LCDs in the future. The results show that a home is associated with being a place of community, sustainability, safety and comfort, as well as a place that incorporates aesthetically pleasing features. The motivation for residents moving into an LCD is to have housing stability, live the life they want (including performing sustainable practices) and enjoy the attractive design of the LCD. The user experiences of living in an LCD include unexpected design influences on daily practices and an appreciation of the community atmosphere created. The strong sense of community and the self-reported thermally comfortable homes met residents’ expectations post-occupancy. This research is of interest to academics in the low-carbon and social science sectors, real-estate agents and property developers, as it provides insight into motivations and expectations of low-carbon dwelling residents. View Full-Text
Keywords: low carbon development; user experience; post-occupancy evaluation; home perceptions; Australia low carbon development; user experience; post-occupancy evaluation; home perceptions; Australia
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Breadsell, J.K.; Byrne, J.J.; Morrison, G.M. Pre- and Post-Occupancy Evaluation of Resident Motivations for and Experiences of Establishing a Home in a Low-Carbon Development. Sustainability 2019, 11, 3970. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11143970

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Breadsell JK, Byrne JJ, Morrison GM. Pre- and Post-Occupancy Evaluation of Resident Motivations for and Experiences of Establishing a Home in a Low-Carbon Development. Sustainability. 2019; 11(14):3970. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11143970

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Breadsell, Jessica K., Joshua J. Byrne, and Gregory M. Morrison 2019. "Pre- and Post-Occupancy Evaluation of Resident Motivations for and Experiences of Establishing a Home in a Low-Carbon Development" Sustainability 11, no. 14: 3970. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11143970

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