Unlocking the pathway: why electrification is the key to net zero buildings
Around one quarter of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions come from the built environment. This summary report argues that Australia will not achieve its legislated emissions reduction targets unless the built environment decarbonises its building operations.
Report of the Inquiry into apartment design standards
The 'Better Apartments Design Standards' (BADS) were introduced into the Victoria Planning Provisions (VPPs) in 2017 in response to increasing numbers of Victorians choosing to live in apartments. This inquiry report indicates that the standards may have contributed to improved design across Victoria.
QBCC governance review 2022
The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) is the industry’s self-funded, independent regulator. This review examines the roles and responsibilities of the QBCC, and the Queensland Building and Construction Board, along with their respective policies, procedures and practices that affect the third-largest contributor to Queensland’s...
How to make Australia's homes more accessible: research summary
A new study by La Trobe University and the Summer Foundation investigates the most important design features to make homes more accessible. It provides evidence to support national implementation of accessibility standards in the National Construction Code (NCC).
Cracks in the compact city: tackling defects in multi-unit strata housing
This report addresses the serious and growing problem of building defects in the trillion dollar multi-unit housing sector. The findings are intended to inform changes to planning and development policy and regulation, leading to improved building quality and safety, lower costs and stress for owners...
Improving consumer confidence: research report on serious defects in recently completed strata buildings across New South Wales
The purpose of the report is to produce clear data on the problem of serious building defects in Class 2 residential apartment buildings in NSW. The report finds that 39% of strata buildings have experienced serious defects in the common property.
Construct NSW: digitalisation of construction
The purpose of the report is to determine how 'digital ready' the construction industry is to meet the opportunities of the digital future.
Position statement on the cost-benefit analysis of the proposed regulation for accessible housing
Mandatory accessible housing standards are to be incorporated into the National Construction Code (NCC). These will lead to major improvements in the quality of life for Australians living with disability and facilitate older Australians being able to age in place. It will make Australia a...
Incorporating minimum accessibility standards in new housing: a survey of access consultants and architects
This study seeks the expert opinions of access consultants and architects on how expensive and complicated it would be for builders to incorporate specific accessible features into all new homes.
Audit of accessible features in new houses, apartments and townhouses
The findings of this study support the idea that well-designed housing that works for people with mobility impairments does not compromise the design of housing for the general population – rather it enhances the built environment.
Building for the future
This strategy focuses on opportunities for building regulation in the next 10 to 15 years, to provide people with safe, healthy, durable, accessible buildings that support social, economic and environmental wellbeing now and in the future.
Economic advice prepared to assist with responses to the Consultation Regulation Impact Statement on minimum accessibility standards for housing in the National Construction Code
This report advises on the economic credentials of a possible regulation to include minimum accessibility standards in the National Building Code, and responds to a Regulatory Impact Statement consultation document released by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) at the request of the Australian Building...
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.
Proposal to include minimum accessibility standards for housing in the National Construction Code
Finding suitable accommodation is important to all Australians and is a prerequisite for a happy, stable and dignified life. This Regulatory Impact Statement examines the likely costs and benefits associated with five different options being considered for the mandatory inclusion of accessible housing features in...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
Victorian Cladding Taskforce: report from the Co-Chairs July 2019
The Co-chairs of the Taskforce have released this report detailing progress on their recommendations since the update report was released last October, as well as 37 further recommendations for continuing building system reform.
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.
Australia's still building 4 in every 5 new houses to no more than the minimum energy standard
This article discusses house energy regulations and argues that the rate of houses built to a minimum standard is a negligible proportion to an optimal performance standard. The standards should be reviewed regularly to ensure optimal economic and environmental outcomes.
Opal Tower investigation: final report
This report confirms that a number of structural design and construction issues, including non-compliance with national codes and standards were responsible for the observed damage at Opal Tower in Sydney.
Buildings for everyone: designing for access and usability
This guide provides information about good practice for the design of buildings that are safe and easy to use for everyone.
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.