FEATURE: NSW has historically trod its own path to regulate the sustainability standards of its homes
Requirements for electric vehicle charging infrastructure in all new NSW homes will be likely under the state government’s new net zero plan released last week.
With the introduction of government bills to force change, now is the time for quality market participants to back an overhaul of the state’s construction industry and rebuild customer confidence, argues the NSW Building Commissioner.
NSW needs to broaden the conversation about how to fix the building industry by including voices from the education sector, the digital economy and even students embarking on a career in construction, says the state’s building commissioner.
NSW Building Commissioner David Chandler is looking to hire up to 60 professionals from the construction industry to work as building project auditors, as he fleshes out plans for a major overhaul of the state’s building industry.
The NSW government’s building and construction reforms have kicked up a gear with draft regulation to clean up the certification system released on Monday.
Remarkably attractive council housing in London is still being built and fits nicely within existing neighbourhoods. And Paris is undergoing something of a boom in high quality social housing that also fits within existing development patterns. A Minister for Sydney: Whacko, at long last we’re going to get one!!! Ahhh, well, actually no; just support […]
It’s a national scandal – worse, for now, in NSW – but the problems of the construction industry will likely just keep growing until we manage to find a pathway to systemic change.
One of the big flaws in many schools is the poor thermal performance of existing classrooms, particularly during the increasingly hot summers.
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 […]
Australia is currently in the throes of a drought we didn’t see coming. We can no longer rely on the traditional ways of managing our water supplies and we need to get serious about planning for long-term water security if we want to avoid running dry.
OPINION: The NSW government’s recent announcement that Roads and Maritime Services – until now the state’s standalone roads agency – will be integrated into Transport for NSW could not have come at a more opportune time.
ANALYSIS: NSW environment and climate supporters would have been in shock on Tuesday afternoon. Early news had just seeped out that newly re-anointed premier Gladys Berijiklian looked like she’d reneged on the still fresh optimism on climate action she stoked in the weeks before the state election and had demolished the Office of Environment and Heritage.
It’s gloves off. The election in NSW is over and now it’s down to the big power grab – the spoils. And what are the pollies going for, the portfolio now considered “one of the more coveted and contentious” in government? Planning.
NSW voters are walking into an election on Saturday and it’s going to be very close with the latest YouGov-Galaxy polling showing the NSW Coalition government and Labor split 50-50 on a two-party preferred basis, with just days to go.
The thing about the Allianz Stadium in Sydney is that tearing it down is a massive waste of resources. In an era when the “buy nothing new” campaign threatens (or promises) to morph into a “build nothing new”, that’s a serious thing.
NSW councils can now apply for grants to plant trees, put up shade clothes and install water-misting systems in public places under the state government’s new $3.5 million grant program.
NSW has a new crack team out to find and prosecute the worst criminals in the waste industry, some of whom are serial offenders. But no need to look complacent, apparently one in three of us has illegally dumped at some time.
NSW is barely off the starting blocks in the race to transition to renewable energy, with Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory and South Australia leading the pack.
The Hunter Region in NSW is exploring a major transformation of how it might handle future development, using a comprehensive strategic planning tool based on complex systems thinking.
Do you want to be part of NSW’s transition to a modern energy system? We are looking for talented and innovative individuals to assist the government in delivering a range of exciting new clean energy projects to drive NSW towards its commitment to net zero emissions by 2050.
Stockland national sustainability manager Amy Hogan has taken out the sustainability award – the Acoustic Logic Award for Contribution to Sustainability – at the 2018 National Association of Women in Construction Awards held in Sydney last week.
News from the front desk – Issue No 399: We appear to have a gambling problem that extends way beyond poker machine habits and flutters on the fillies. It’s a runaway risk appetite for maintaining things as close to the status quo as possible in the face of the reality of climate change and its impacts on all humans.
Landcom’s proposal to designate 5-10 per cent of housing around its Tallawong metro station project as affordable rental for a minimum period of 10 years has been welcomed by industry leaders but labelled a “missed opportunity”.
Maybe it’s sane and logical idea to bring the Greater Sydney Commission in from its independence and place it snug in the office of the NSW premier and cabinet where big planning decisions could be better co ordinated and delivered.
Two NSW government decisions made this month show just how much power the development industry has to influence the very form and function of our cities – for its own benefit.
According to figures published this week the NSW government has over the past few years managed to build more public housing units than it has sold to raise revenue.
It will be cheaper and easier to build low-rise medium density housing in NSW, following the adoption of a code that makes certain projects complying development.
NSW construction waste sent to Queensland for recycling is instead ending up dumped in landfill, a Fairfax investigation this week has revealed, raising fears that the practice could compromise the legitimacy of NSW Green Star ratings.
Five more Sydney councils will be able to require affordable housing contributions from developers, following the NSW government’s expansion of a state planning policy.