Using England, Wales and Australia as case studies, this research explores method in measuring the uptake of sustainability in the built environment over time.

The built environment emits around 50% of total greenhouse gas emissions, and mitigating climate change through sustainable building adaptation is a high priority.

Typically 1 to 2% is added to the total stock annually. Around 87% of the stock most developed countries will have in 2050 is already built. It follows that precise data in respect of the sustainability measures incorporated into new and existing buildings is recorded and quantified.

Large increases in gas and electricity consumption in buildings present considerable challenges to policy makers, professional practitioners and the community. A method of calculating all building-related carbon emissions is required.

The research:

  • Evaluates the viability of collecting data on sustainability measures integrated into buildings through an expansion of data currently available in building permit data.
  • Ascertains the content and scope of building permit data collection across Australia and England and Wales and types of data collection and storage methods adopted.
  • Identifies the barriers and scope for changing building permit data collection across Australia and England and Wales.
  • Develops and proposes a model for collecting sustainability data for building permits of all building types and land uses in Australia and England and Wales to deliver regulatory efficiency and effectiveness.


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