If you want to control the energy efficiency of your building, start by eliminating air leakage, says an award-winning home builder who has been experimenting and innovating for more than a generation.
In the midst of a general election, and following declarations of a climate emergency by many parts of the country including by the UK Parliament, UK political parties are competing on building efficiency.
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.
The NSW government has celebrated the successful transferal of some 14,000 social housing tenancy management tenders to community housing providers.
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.
Coliving can indeed be fun, social places to live but could the benefits peddled in the brochure be a bit overblown? The Fifth Estate investigates.
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.
Melbourne’s inner north is home to some of Australia’s best sustainable housing projects and more are on the way.
PROFILE: Coliving operator Hmlet only set up shop in Sydney early this year but its portfolio has grown quickly to more than 200 rooms across Paddington, Newtown, Marrickville, Alexandria, and most recently the Western Sydney suburb of Parramatta.
In a time when space is at a premium, it’s no surprise Silicon Valley is working on robotic beds that can be stored on the roof after you wake up.
The rise of living alone has been well-documented but are our cities doing enough for this growing cohort?
The Great Australian Dream is still alive and well for many young Australians.
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 Projects signing a Collaborative Arrangement Agreement with CSIRO. CSIRO Bushfire Urban Design research leader Justin Leonard will be part of the research team, which also […]
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.
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.
Three couples have pooled their sustainability, construction and architecture skills to transform a single family home in Brunswick, Melbourne, into three ultra sustainable townhouse with a semi-shared front yard.
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.
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?
For the market for sustainable homes to continue to grow we need to use language that resonates with consumers, such as “comfortable”, “healthy”, and “affordable”.
A new guide helps people organise a collaborative housing project, helping people navigate everything from development approvals and parking to community perceptions of boarding houses and breaking down the finance barriers. Sharing living space is a good way to tread lighter on the planet, forge stronger relationships with others and save money. But collaborative housing […]
New housing in Australia must meet minimum energy performance requirements.
There’s been a deafening silence on affordable housing and homelessness from the Morrison government. There’s a minister with the word “homelessness” in his job title, but the homelessness advocacy sector is still waiting to hear anything. National Shelter has written several times to Luke Howarth, assistant minister for Community Housing, Homelessness and Community Services, but […]
A new housing affordability competition has thrown up some creative concepts for housing affordability. But which will be selected as the best?
Brief: Only half of the people living on the coastline in NSW believe that sea level rise will impact them directly according to new research from the University of New South Wales. As many as 25 per cent of coastal accommodation businesses don’t know or are unsure if sea levels are rising at all. UNSW researchers […]
How many tragic deaths will it take before we take meaningful action and formulate a clear national housing strategy to end homelessness?
Despite the cooling property market, affordable rental housing remains in critically short supply across Australia.
Green Cross Australia is using hypothetical scenarios to explore the problems homeowners and stakeholders face when affected by changes to sea-level rise and flooding caused by climate change.
When Peter Dutton grabbed headlines last week claiming his Labor opponent in Dickson, Ali France, was using her disability as an excuse for not moving house ahead of the election, it showed a clear lack of awareness about the situation facing people who need accessible housing.
Newly appointed chair of the Housing and Urban Research Institute Adrian Harrington hopes to research in front of a broader audience, including more of the private sector.
The Netherlands could soon house what’s touted as the world’s first commercial 3D printed housing project. And might complex construction such as vaulted ceilings or curved walls soon be printed off site on a concrete 3D concrete printer?