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Report

5 Jun 2018

The number of people on the Victorian Housing Register increased by around 1,500 people in the first three months of 2018 alone. Having declared the Public Housing Renewal Program to be a project of statewide significance, the state government intends to take control of the...

Technical report

10 Apr 2018

This report is the Interim Technical Report for the Building Code Energy Performance Trajectory Project. It accompanies the Interim Synthesis Report for the Building Code Energy Performance Trajectory Project, entitled The Bottom Line – the household impacts of delaying improved energy requirements in the Building...

Journal article

26 Mar 2018

The relationships between older adults and their home environments are commonly built upon several decades of personal-expression, values and goals. However, fall preventative home modifications often create a dissonance between existing environments and efforts to prevent falls at home.

Literature review

31 Jan 2018

Abstract: Nowadays, restoration interventions that aim for minimum environmental impact are conceived for recent buildings. Greenhouse gas emissions are reduced using criteria met within a life-cycle analysis, while energy saving is achieved with cost-effective retrofitting actions that secure higher benefits in terms of comfort. However,...

Policy report

25 Jan 2018

The Christchurch earthquakes provided a few more important lessons for policy. The government must plan ahead to make post-disaster recovery simpler and it must avoid creating the prolonged policy and regulatory uncertainty that hindered Christchurch’s recovery.

Report

11 Jan 2018

This report shows how society benefits when buildings can withstand natural disasters.

Journal article

1 Jan 2018

In Australia, heatwaves are the deadliest natural hazard and a major driver of peak electricity demand. The disproportionately high peak demand increases electricity prices, causes occasional blackouts and exacerbates energy poverty, all of which limit one’s ability to use air conditioning. Meanwhile, increased energy efficiency...

Discussion paper

4 Dec 2017

This paper identifies a set of reform proposals that the NSW government is considering, designed to strengthen protections for consumers buying property off-the-plan.

Report

22 Nov 2017

This report recommends that through the Council of Australian Governments, the Australian government should pursue a coordinated and consistent whole of government approach to strengthen federal and state legislation and regulations to address the illegal importation of asbestos.

Book

14 Nov 2017

The Tomorrowland summit brought together architects, engineers, academics, scientists, investors and industry around the future of the built environment: resilience and net zero carbon buildings.

Guide

10 Nov 2017

Here are ten, easy-to-follow principles of good design to use when buying or renting your next house or apartment.

Technical report

Railway stations, biophilic design and the Metro Tunnel project
3 Nov 2017

Creating Healthy Places offers guidelines and strategies as to how the proposed Metro Tunnel Rail Stations may enliven the health of Melbourne’s residents and commuters.

Research report

1 Nov 2017

This report is part of Task within the California Energy Commission CEC EP C project EPC‐14‐ 009 Optimizing Radiant Systems for Energy Efficiency and Comfort managed through the Center for the Built Environment at UC Berkeley The main goal of this research was to determine...

Strategy

27 Oct 2017

Queensland is set to implement a new building plan that will bring massive changes to many elements of the construction industry.

Policy report

6 Oct 2017

This paper presents some options for the details of the property taxes reform package, and then assesses their comparative efficiency and redistribution effects.

Policy report

22 Sep 2017

The Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS) has released a new policy, outlining the key components required to modernise and harmonise Australia’s building regulations.

Journal article

21 Sep 2017

In times of great transition of the European construction sector to energy efficient and nearly zero energy buildings (nZEB), a market observation containing qualitative and quantitative indications should help to fill out some of the current gaps concerning the EU 2020 carbon targets. Next to...

Conference paper

20 Sep 2017

Numerous mandatory energy efficiency building standards and rating systems have been developed globally. The International Passive House Standard is a voluntary alternative, but there is little data on the performance of houses built to this standard in Australia. One house in suburban Canberra demonstrates that...

Guide

30 Aug 2017

This guide has been released to assist applicants, architects, building designers and planners when designing and assessing apartment developments in Victoria.

Guide

28 Aug 2017

This guide contains a number of tips to assist Victorians who are considering renting or buying an apartment, particularly off-the-plan.