Best practice policy approaches to encourage sustainable residential building and retrofitting: Evaluation and shortlist of initiatives

Megan Howell, Damon Birchfield.

This working paper presents research to develop and apply a set of evaluation criteria for reducing the long list of initiatives identified in phase 1 of the Best Practice Policy Approaches project to a short list of five initiatives for further development. The report introduces the evaluation criteria and then briefly assesses each of the initiatives.

It recommends that the next stage of the project focus on the following priority areas: district plans, in particular development controls; bylaws; economic tools, in particular consent fee rebates and waivers, and development contribution reductions; process initiatives, in particular sustainability checklists; and public education.