Residential buildings represent 12% of Australia’s emissions and make up 25% of electricity demand. The existing building stock is energy and carbon intensive and occupants suffer from high energy bills, poor health and comfort, and are vulnerable to energy price spikes. A recent study by Sustainability Victoria has also demonstrated that renovating homes had major impacts on the health and financial stability of vulnerable households. Accelerated and increased efforts in energy efficiency and electrification will reduce energy consumption and protect households from climate impacts and energy prices, particularly those in social housing and low–income households.
Renovations Pathways will establish an evidence-base for national and state renovation and electrification strategies with a view to enable future-proofing of Australian homes. The research will inform critical enabling conditions including policies, finance products, industry plans and consumer information. It aims to define standards for efficiently electrified, zero-carbon, healthy and resilient homes for Australia’s climates and determine cost-effective renovation strategies for main building archetypes. This will be complemented by policy and qualitative research with a view to inform policy, financial products, industry plans, and consumer association advocacy.