Compared to the EU and UK, Australia rates very poorly for energy efficient housing. Both the UK and EU have energy neutral new buildings by 2020 and are striving for all buildings to be energy neutral by 2050.
Low-energy homes create a wide range of physical and mental changes. Several households spoke about health improvements from higher indoor air quality. Even the idea of living in a healthier and more environmentally sustainable home can prompt lifestyle changes.
Purpose-built low-energy homes also give economic empowerment to low-income households.