Most Australian homes have been built to notoriously poor standards. The energy performance of existing homes in Victoria, for instance, averages 1.8 stars – 6 stars is mandatory for newly built homes under the 10-star Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NaTHERS). Decision-makers typically fail to appreciate the importance of a low star rating, even though […]
The coronavirus pandemic has revealed the precarious state of Australia’s private rental market and put a spotlight on homelessness.
We’ve spent enough time criticising our broken system characterised by overconsumption and inequality so here’s a solution that should appeal to both sides of the political divide.
The European Union has mandated that all new buildings be NZEBs from the 31st of December 2020. But look at how Aussie’s energy consumption compares. Here’s a hint: not good.
OXYGEN FILES: Australia is in the midst of a housing crisis and although affordable housing is generally considered a state and federal concern, local governments are now stepping up the plate.
Although the market for build-to-rent (BtR) is maturing in places such as the UK, it has yet to take off in Australia.
What if changing the way we buy property is a solution to Australia’s housing affordability woes? Here’s a disruptive model that might be able to just that – allowing people to rent their way to home ownership.
The federal government’s National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation claims to have issued the largest social bond in Australia.
Atlassian’s signal it’s moving to more remote team work to avoid Sydney’s unaffordable housing is a wakeup call that’s been long coming and has now arrived.
With the planet warming, every effort must be made to keep cool without increasing climate change. This is a real problem: the amount of energy used for cooling buildings has doubled worldwide since 2000, from 1000 TWh to 1944 TWh (that’s almost two-thirds the entire electricity production of Europe in 2016), making it the fastest […]
Landcom on Thursday announced the official opening of the Harts Landing affordable housing project at its Thornton development at Penrith, west of Sydney. The project is a collaboration between Evolve Housing and Payce for 268 apartments with half – 134 apartments – earmarked as affordable, including 10 for Aboriginal housing and some to cater for […]
The Property Council of Australia has used new research by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) to argue that negative gearing is not responsible for high home prices.
An innovative Australian company is tackling a number of our pressing problems in one flat-packed prefab package.
Various government policies have fuelled the demand for housing over time, expanding the wealth of older home owners and pushing it further and further beyond the reach of young would-be home buyers.
Concerned about the housing affordability crisis and fed up with government inaction? Why not rent out your property at a discount?
Isn’t it fascinating how developers spruiking affordable housing credentials talk about “key workers” and name-drop nurses, police, teachers, firemen and other professions that have an air of nobility and greater social good about them? Not to dispute the social good of these professions, but there’s a whole bunch of people who keep a city running […]
Residential tenants in Victoria should soon be able to sign leases for more than five years. But as Queensland moves to strengthen building standards for rental properties, concerns have been raised that Victoria risks lagging behind.
Following is a selection of social photos before proceedings started at our Flash Forum, 2 May 2017, in Sydney.
With housing prices still consistently in the news, could the ideas of 19th-century philosopher John Stuart Mill help improve affordability?
Flash Forum on Housing Affordability Moderator: Rob Harley, former property editor, AFR Panellists: Grattan Institute CEO John Daley Urbis chief economist Nicki Hutley Folkestone Head of Funds Management and the Treasurer’s appointment to the AHURI board Adrian Harrington SQM Research founder Louis Christopher will provide a quick state of the market report When: Tuesday, 2 May, […]
Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison on Monday gave a seminal address on housing affordability to more than 200 people at an Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute event at the State Library in Melbourne. Following is the full transcript of his address, which is replete with extensive data on the state of housing affordability in Australia. […]
Pop-up youth shelters in empty hotels. Portable homes on vacant land set aside for roads. Innovative solutions are appearing to tackle the affordable housing crisis in Sydney and Melbourne. But do they work and how well do they work? Should we be opening up additional buildings and land across our cities? Or should we be […]
Professional services firm PwC has entered the affordable housing fray, suggesting a “simple but potentially profound” solution that would allow for the increased densification of low density areas while providing additional affordable rental units for Sydney. Its Affordable Housing Initiative proposes an amendment to the NSW planning rules that would allow multi-dwelling housing in R2 […]
HOUSING: Brendan Condon had a passion to create a new eco-development on Victoria’s Bass Coast that targets high sustainability and community outcomes. Finding Danny Almagor and Berry Liberman’s company Small Giants as a backer is finally turning that passion into reality. Brendan Condon had worked for developers restoring wetlands, rivers and creeks for major estates. […]
HOUSING: Cross laminated timber will be an exciting progression in the Nightingale Model’s triple-bottom-line approach to developing inner-city housing, according to the builder of Nightingale 1.0, which celebrate a traditional topping out ceremony on Friday. Managing director of Project Group Michael Robertson, said he was working with architect Andrew Maynard on Nightingale 3.0, which will […]
Housing lobby groups are always quick to claim that more sustainable housing harms affordability. But developers of The Cape in regional Victoria, say their project proves they are wrong. Additional costs are marginal, at most, with short term paybacks for owners. Analysis by the Alternative Technology Association for developer Brendan Condon showed that the price […]
Economist Saul Eslake has joined other commentators warning the federal and state government that some of the ideas flagged to improve housing affordability are likely to have the opposite effect.
Nature-connected design is the key to making offices less stressful, hospital stays shorter and children better learners, according to a new report released today (Tuesday) by Planet Ark. It points out the benefits of using timbers and biophilic design to attract higher rents and building values due to improvements in indoor environmental quality, and bottom-line […]
Community housing provider SGCH will build 300 social and affordable housing units to high standards of energy efficiency, thanks to $130 million in debt finance from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.
Planning Institute of Australia Planning Institute of Australia, Queensland Division calls on the Queensland Government to follow Victoria’s lead in providing stamp duty relief for new home buyers. Housing and housing affordability will no doubt be a key issue at the next state election. “It is essential that whoever forms government embraces polices to promote […]