Building codes

Alternate Term Label:
Building certification
Conference paper

Questionable practice in the processing of building permits in Norway

Authorities claim the risk of corruption associated with the processing of building permits in Norway is more obvious than before. This study investigates the size of the opportunity space for questionable practice in the processing of building permits.
Journal article

Optimization of green building design processes: case studies within the European union

Two case studies in Italy and two case studies in Spain are analyzed, and the effects of the project management issues are evaluated under three different points of view: Time, cost, and level of sustainability of the building. A poorly planned process for the achievement...
Position paper

Green Star in focus: the case for sustainable industrial buildings

Industrial buildings, such as warehouses and cold-store facilities, play a key logistical role in the smooth running of national and regional economies. It’s vital that these assets are future-proofed for the impacts of a changing climate and a low carbon economy.
Journal article

Developing an Australian code of construction ethics

This article looks at the increasing need to consider the role of ethics in construction. The industry, historically, has been challenged by allegations of a serious shortfall in ethical standards. Only limited attempts to date in Australia have been made to address that concern.
Literature review

Building beyond minimum requirements: a literature review

The purpose of this study was to complete a literature review of the economic assessment of the costs, benefits and methods for the construction of houses that are designed and built to standards that exceed the minimum requirements as defined by the Building Code. The...
Conference paper

Tiny houses: love, live or leave? What factors influence the decision?

Tiny houses offer some potential to improve housing choice for those who can afford the upfront cost, may offer low impact urban densification option and can foster more sustainable behaviours. This potential will however, not be achieved unless local and state governments regulate tiny houses...
Policy report

Tomorrow’s homes: a policy framework to transition to sustainable homes for all Australians

This report shows how investing in better design for Australian housing can deliver a double benefit. If implemented now, it can protect jobs and keep money flowing to sustain the economy. In the long term, it can lower energy bills and reduce carbon emissions, thus...
Conference paper

Licensing the radical: from licensed squatting to meanwhile use in London and Regional Australia

This paper positions the now-redundant Australian Renew Newcastle scheme for temporary building occupation as an example of ‘meanwhile use’: the UK term for the sanctioned short-term use of vacant urban properties awaiting redevelopment.
Report

Establishing a plan to achieve energy code compliance in cities

A strong building energy code is one of the most affordable and effective mechanisms for advancing energy efficiency in buildings. The national model building energy codes have increased energy-saving potential by nearly 30 percent from 2006 to 2012. However, energy savings are only achieved when...
Video

Towards zero carbon: time to change the National Construction Code

Buildings contribute around a quarter of Australia's carbon emissions, but this is set to increase unless urgent changes are made to the National Construction Code. Hear spokespeople from ASBEC, GBCA and the Property Council of Australia explain what needs to happen.