This study is underpinned by recognition of the need for a collaborative integrated systems approach response from all housing supply chain participants, in order to simultaneously achieve improvements in housing sustainability performance, industry productivity and property value. Amidst global acknowledgement of the need to optimise building performance, proposed solutions recognise the importance of urban context, occupants, the buildings themselves, and building technology and feedback mechanisms, including simulation tools and post occupancy evaluations. Two key contextual factors are: urban form, which influences greenhouse gas emissions and community resilience, health, and productivity; and electricity networks, where houses that both consume and generate electricity create uncertainty in the planning and operation of a network. Better quality building information is required to support the determination of property values that increasingly capture a more accurate and comprehensive representation of the different types of value. The importance of strategies that optimise the role of regulation in the property market are also acknowledged.
In response to these research opportunities, this study will apply a range of innovation, manufacturing and production theories to the investigation of building culture, processes, industry responsiveness, adaptive capacity and adaptation motivators.