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Sustainable homes pay dividends in health, jobs and growth

When you think of an unhealthy house, what comes to mind? Mould, damp, leaks, dark and dingy spaces with poor airflow. You are a product of the home where you live; just ask an asthmatic living in a mouldy or poorly ventilated home.

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Where to buy property for the climate emergency

Browsing glossy property marketing and getting excited about en suites might be fun but serious investors and home buyers should consider one more thing when deciding what and where to buy: the climate emergency.

Planning for fire safety in the ACT

The Green Star rated Ginninderry community in the ACT is taking a suburb-wide approach to planning for fire. The development will be something of a living laboratory, with developer Riverview…

How to design your house for fire resistance and sustainability

If anyone is any doubt this is a climate emergency, last week’s announcement by the NSW Rural Fire Service that bushfire season has been declared two months ahead of the usual date should sound the alarm bell.

Australia has opened the door to higher performing homes, at lower cost

In the midst of agreements on national reforms to address the cladding crisis and improve the fire and structural safety of buildings, decision makers at the recent Building Ministers’ Forum also reached another significant milestone  – one that could set Australian homes on a path towards lower energy bills, reduced strain on the electricity network and fewer greenhouse gas emissions.

Tightening the divide between populism and public housing

The aftermath of the latest federal election result has evidently revealed one thing about our society, being the worldwide trend toward “populism” and its drifting distance away from progressive ideals and policy.

Apartment living for families – how to get it right

Density, when done right and in moderation, might be most sustainable way to live. But for many, the suburbs are still the best place to raise a family. So what’s it like for a family living in an apartment?