Karuna House

The case for passive homes as a national standard

The energy policies and building standards that govern our homes need to keep us comfortable and limit global warming. Passive house, a rigorous building standard for ultra-low energy buildings, ticks these boxes.

Green traffic light

Better energy performance in homes gets green light from ministers

One bright note from last week’s Building Ministers Forum was an agreement to progress work to increase the energy performance requirements for residential construction under the National Construction Code for the planned 2022 iteration.

First funds released by NHFIC

The new National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation’s first loan is for $35 millioin to Hume Community Housing.

Dumb buildings won’t make for very smart cities

Dumb buildings won’t make for very smart cities

Hobart recently unveiled a “smart bin” trial that could see bins deployed across the city that can advise when they’re full and need emptying outside of the normal schedule.