Apartments

Report

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...
Report

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.
Report

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.
Discussion paper

The apartment shortage

Planning regulations restrict the supply of apartments and hence drive up their price. This effect can be measured by the difference between the price of new apartments and the cost of supplying them. This paper measures the excess demand for apartments in Australia's largest cities.
Report

Improving outcomes for apartment residents and neighbourhoods

This research investigates the experiences of lower-income apartment residents in relation to planning and infrastructure provision; urban design; building design and management; neighbourhood amenities and facilities; and ongoing place management and community engagement so as to improve wellbeing, community and housing affordability outcomes.
Conference paper

The origin of rejection: Sydney’s first ideological battle with apartments

Exploring the social, political and economic factors that favoured urban sprawl over high density during early twentieth century, this paper examines the discourses surrounding the ideal Australian home at such a key time in Sydney’s early development.
Commentary

“Density has to be likeable”

High-rise housing has many benefits and quite a few shortcomings. The challenge is to shift the balance towards likeability.
Conference paper

Collective prosumerism: accessing the potential of embedded networks to increase the deployment of distributed generation on Australian apartment buildings

Despite potential advantages of load aggregation and scale discounts, few of Australia's 2.3 million apartment residents are amongst the country's 1.8 million solar prosumers. However, embedded networks can be used to distribute rooftop photovoltaic generation to households if split incentives and regulatory barriers are overcome.
Conference paper

PV for apartment buildings: which side of the meter?

Over 1.7 Australian households have taken the opportunity to generate some of their own power and reduce both their electricity bills and carbon emissions by installing rooftop photovoltaic (PV) systems on their homes. However, regulatory, technical, financial and organisational challenges have largely prevented Australia's growing...
Conference paper

Using PV to help meet common property energy demand in residential apartment buildings

14% of Australians live in apartments, predominantly in urban centres, yet few of these have PV systems, despite high levels of PV deployment on separate and semi-detached residential buildings. Increased PV deployment on apartment buildings represents a valuable market opportunity for the PV industry, which...