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...
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
The Co-chairs of the Taskforce have released this update detailing progress on their recommendations since the Interim Report was released last December, including progress on the state wide and government audits.
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.
In order to achieve long-term targets for energy savings and emission reductions, substantial savings will be needed from existing buildings. For example, a recent analysis for the USA examines aggressive strategies to cut carbon emissions in half by 2040 and finds that in order to...
Inclusion of heating and cooling energy load limits in NatHERS assessments: Regulation Impact Statement for decision
This Decision Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) examines the expected impacts, including costs and benefits, associated with a proposal to add separate heating and cooling load limits or ‘load limits’ to the current Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) compliance pathway for the energy performance of...