There’s a rising tide of independent and minor parties vying for election in NSW next month. But what do they stand for exactly and how could their policies sway the climate and green agenda?
Last week’s Spinifex calling for Passive House to become a new standard for the National Construction Code certainly struck a nerve.
Some UK builders and solar companies are buddying up to slash homeowners’ energy bills even without the government subsidies that are due to end next month.
The energy policies and building standards that govern our homes need to keep us comfortable and limit global warming. Passive house, a rigorous building standard for ultra-low energy buildings, ticks these boxes.
There are many logical and economic reasons to support better energy efficiency in housing especially for low income housing where standards sometimes verge on the appalling, but no, the government says no again.
With the planet warming, every effort must be made to keep cool without increasing climate change. This is a real problem: the amount of energy used for cooling buildings has doubled worldwide since 2000, from 1000 TWh to 1944 TWh (that’s almost two-thirds the entire electricity production of Europe in 2016), making it the fastest […]
One bunch of owners of a building with defective cladding is shouldering the cost of façade replacement itself – to the tune of $300,000 – instead of chasing the builders or other parties. Is this what poor building quality has come to? Looks like it.
There are more sustainable models of compact cities than a 1920s utopia of towers, expressways and gyrocopters.
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.
Urban renewal or social cleansing? It’s an increasingly fraught question as traditional occupants are pushed out by rising prices and elite workers, but now one tech giant is trying hard to reverse the trends.
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.
There are some stunning examples of precincts in the Netherlands that accommodate a more holistic set of human needs – something for Australian precincts to aspire to?
News from the front desk, Issue No 417: We know it’s nearly Christmas but we still can’t seem to shake that annoyance we have with those lobbyists who’ve stifled the move to better energy standards in housing through the National Construction Code. We know that the Housing Industry Association and the Master Builders Australia have […]
Architect Simon Cookes says 2D land maps used by most architects preclude most of the market from quality.
It’s possible to design apartments of all shapes and sizes to promote health and wellbeing. Architects and designers say they just need the right conditions to do so.
UK National House Building Council report pictures the type of houses that Britons are expected to be living in the future. To what extent is this fantasy?
Rebecca Dracup from Wood and Grieve Engineers spent a night in UKO Stanmore – Sydney’s newest co-living space – this is what she found
An urban district development in London by Lendlease has been stirring controversy for years. Here’s an update.
City of Fremantle is achieving what is believed to be a first for Sustainable House Day (SHD), with all three tiers of government and the private sector coming together to showcase pathways towards a greener built environment next weekend.
Millennials are driving a bigger focus on green credentials and Nightingale-style community focused living, especially as they tend to be owner occupiers rather than investors.
Australia’s infrastructure boom continues to ramp up demand for engineers and other construction-related jobs with signs that the resources sector is again on the move and will soon put pressure on the construction sector.
About 1,000 Canberra households are currently saving $9 million per year. Over a ten-year period, compared to renting, the typical family will save 37% of its housing costs.
South Australian senator Tim Storer’s bill aims to reform the tax regime so low income rental housing can be better heated and cooled.
Australia can learn from European and US approaches to ending homelessness through adopting a similar “housing first” approach, according to housing advocate Robert Pradolin.
Four new faces from the property industry, the community housing sector and the infrastructure financing sector have been appointed as National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC) board members.
Independent South Australian Senator Tim Storer has flagged a new bill to make changes to the tax system to remove split incentives that cause property owners to avoid bringing rental housing up to scratch on energy efficiency.
News from the front desk – Issue No 398: “Affordable, safe and sustainable” are three words we hear tossed about a lot in the housing discussion. But it’s hard not to sound like the kid in the backseat asking, “Are we there yet? How long till we get there?”
Prefabricated construction techniques show promise as long-term solutions for rebuilding disaster zones in remote and rural locations, according to Monash University professor Mehrdad Arashpour. As long as thought goes into the location of prefab buildings – such as their proximity to water sources – modular, off-site construction can be viable long-term residences in disaster zones, […]
The City of Fremantle has left a group of hopeful tenderers for a baugruppen development shaken and distrustful after cancelling the project. However one group thinks there’s a silver lining, having created a co-housing model with the potential to be rolled out across the country. Hopeful applicants for a baugruppen development on unused council-owned land […]
Across three continents, citizens are working with their local communities to build more sustainable futures for themselves.