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.

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.

Extreme disasters force millions out of their homes

Extreme weather disasters forced an average of 21.8 million people from their homes each year between 2008 and 2016, according to a new Oxfam report, which levels much of the blame at climate change.

Housing: Why finance is a challenge with prefab in Aus and NZ

Home buyers in Australia and New Zealand who are looking at prefab as one solution to the lack of quality affordable homes are finding the road to finance is not always straightforward. In New Zealand director of preconstruction consultancy Entwine and PrefabNZ board member Leah Singer is co-leading the organisation’s research and advocacy efforts to […]