Housing

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We’re so inclusive… until we get old. The senior living operators paving the way to a better retirement

The Hogeweyk dementia village in the Netherlands is like The Truman Show. The community is designed to look identical to the outside world, complete with nurses, doctors and carers dressed in plain clothes. Specialist dementia villages are just one way this sector is evolving – The Fifth Estate has taken a closer look at alternatives that turn traditional senior living on its head.

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Prefab industry to help with quick rebuilds after bushfires

The prefab industry makes sense if you want to lessen the risk of time and price blowouts of regular construction. Already there is a pick up in demand after the recent bushfires and if California is any guide that’s a trend that will only accelerate.

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California’s wildfires and what Australia can learn

In 2018, the US state of California saw its worst-ever bushfire season on record. The Fifth Estate spoke to US architect and sustainable design guru David Hertz about what the region learnt about designing and managing infrastructure in the face of ever-increasing fire risk.

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New survey shows sustainability on the rise

A new survey from Stockland reveals evolving preferences among residential buyers for sustainability, especially environmental and community features.

Mortgage Mates Co-founders Daisy Ashworth and Jess Vesely

New “dating app” for home ownership

Driven by the success of sharing economy-platforms such as Uber and Airbnb, two young Australians have launched a website they claim is the “Tinder of home ownership” in order to help more people break into the property market.

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Wales adopts super-insulated, timber design for social housing

HOUSING INNOVATION: New housing designs in Wales use locally grown timber frames and cladding, together with high levels of insulation made from recycled newspaper – a combination that locks up atmospheric carbon in the building form.