Aug 4, 2011

A carbon price to cause house prices to rise by $6000? What crap

The claim that a carbon price will cause house prices to rise by $6000 is crap, writes environmental consultant Ben Rose.

I conduct energy and emissions assessments professionally and the claim that a carbon price will cause house prices to rise by $6000 is crap.

As a carbon consultant, I  have done several studies on the embodied carbon emissions of housing. I can say that embodied CO2e emissions from a double brick — iron house in WA are 0.51 — 0.55 t CO2 e per square metre (two-storey houses are in the higher end of this range). That is CO2 from all processes and components involved in building  a new house and landscaping package (see table),   Furniture and contents are not included as they are not part of a house and land package.

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6 thoughts on “A carbon price to cause house prices to rise by $6000? What crap

  1. davidk

    Of course it’s crap. Truth is the last thing you will see in a scare campaign.

  2. david

    [I am incensed by the unsubstantiated claims being made by some industry bodies and politicians about all aspects of the climate debate. Claims that are at best gross exaggerations or at worst downright lies are being printed as fact by some sections of the media. ]

    Unsubstantiated claims, gross exaggerations, downright lies…surely not!!! our oppposition mps? the news media? industry bodies? …the bast-rds are being exposed slowly but surely for what they are.

  3. TormentedbytheDs

    Of course they are crap. Industry rent seekers pluck them from the same orifice that expels, ah, crap.

  4. Bill

    Ben, Ben, you miss the point entirely. All your facts and science crap carry no weight at all in this argument. Isn’t it easier to believe a nice simple observation that “house prices will cost $6000 more”.

    And in any case we now know that CO2 is weightless (and odourless and invisible) so how are you going to identify it, let alone weigh it.



  5. Holden Back

    Oh Lordy – what if it DID cause the housing industry mid-standard new house to increase in price by that much?

    Isn’t one of the intended effects of a price on carbon emmissions a change in consumer behaviour and industry practices? Substitute materials with smaller carbon footprints to achieve the same size at the previous target price or – gasp – reduce the size of your house to fit your budget.

  6. trugannini

    Who is the author of this piece please??

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