Housing

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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.

Graphene stars in Passivhaus retrofit of Victorian townhouses

Graphene stars in Passivhaus retrofit of Victorian townhouses

Passivehaus homes used to have a distinctive look but with the help of a few prize-winning materials such as graphene there’s now more variation in look and style than ever before – even Victorian-era townhouses are getting the Passivehaus treatment.

The 2018 agenda items: the hot the cold and the stale

The 2018 agenda items: the hot the cold and the stale

You can almost wrap a bow around some years and consign them to the storage unit, but 2018 has not been one of them. Many of the hottest issues that were in the spotlight remain unresolved or have been investigated to near death. We can only hope for real and meaningful action in 2019.

The truth about dark roofs and cool roofs

It seems like a no-brainer: cooling of buildings and neighbourhoods can be helped by having light coloured roofs. But the question has caused no end of controversy. Let’s settle it once and for all.

Trends and profit still stand in the way of sustainability

Trends and profit still stand in the way of sustainability

UPDATED 28 November 2018: According to researchers speaking during last week’s Co.Lab 2018 gathering in Parramatta, hosted by Landcom and UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation, development is sometimes optimised for profit…