The paper '500 Zero Carbon Residential Housing Project" is a good example of a management case study. Melbourne, just like other large cities within Australia and across the world, is grappling with the issue of housing following the increase in population among city dwellers (City of Whitehouse, 2012). The rise in population growth rate in Melbourne can be linked to population growth and more significantly, more adult children leaving their family homes, immigration of expatriates and students from abroad (City of Whitehouse, 2012). As a result, it is estimated that more than one million people will be living in Melbourne by the year 2030. Unmet housing needs are more likely to lead to a rise in the price of houses, rise in the rate of taking mortgages, a rise in the number of house rents, and more gravely, a significant increase in incidences of homelessness as a result of expensive housing (City of Whitehouse, 2012).
Therefore, more housing is required. The growing demand for housing in Melbourne forms the basis of this report that seeks to develop a project plan of 500 Units of a zero-carbon residential housing project in Melbourne. Project Plan The inescapable variable of risk in projects and project uncertainties indicate that undertakings leading to the completion of projects cannot be predicted in certainty and accuracy and as a result, project planning is required as noted by Wysocki, et al.
(1995). According to TSO (2009), project plans highlight planning decisions, project assumptions, communication strategy and it records project components such as project scope, budget, project risks, timeline, stakeholders and project resources. The project purpose There is a growing demand for housing in Australia specifically in Melbourne given the increase in the population as a result of immigration of foreign expatriates and international students studying and seeking employment in Melbourne and in wider Australia (City of Whitehouse, 2012).
The purpose of the project is to construct 500 zero-carbon residential housing project that is safe, secure and affordable in order to meet rising housing needs in Melbourne. The increasing pressure to protect the environment and to improve energy efficiency in modern housing as a way of increasing environmental sustainability is the main organizational drive that has informed the need to make the housing units zero-carbon emitting houses as supported by Cooper, et al.
(2009). It is the goal of the project to construct residential homes that are eco-friendly and support local and international efforts to protect the environment. The 500 zero-carbon residential housing project will not only address the housing needs in Melbourne but also show that it is economically feasible and environmentally possible for all Australians to live and operate in eco-friendly living and working spaces. The authorization will be required at varying stages of the project from not only the project manager, Mr.
Abdul, project steering committee and the project sponsor who is the Australian Federal government, but also from the project experts who include project engineer, project architecture and environmental sustainability experts and project designer. Project Scope Project Stakeholders The major stakeholders to the 500 zero-carbon residential housing project encompass the project sponsor, who is the Australian Federal government through the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. The project sponsor will be the ultimate decision-maker and will be the tiebreaker in settling contentious issues. Moreover, the project sponsor shall oversee the project progress, provide guidance on important issues and decisions affecting the project and evaluating and consenting components recommended for the project (Heldman, 2011).
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