Researchers at the University of Melbourne are looking at how the burgeoning prefabricated construction can provide safe, affordable and sustainable housing, while also offering the opportunity for former automotive manufacturing workers to transfer their skills.
Industry misconceptions around high cost and poor market interest in energy efficient homes continue to obstruct the mass adoption of low carbon housing. Josh’s House demonstrates that low carbon housing is accessible and cost effective. The Star Performers series showcases how...Read more
When South Eastern Australia was in severe drought at the beginning of the century, a whole array of efforts went into addressing the water shortage. Councils introduced, and then increased, water restrictions. Government handed out low-flow showerheads and shower timers,...Read more
Research identifies that home design needs to considers both energy efficiency and heat stress resistance. Currently, NatHERS only focuses on energy efficiency. If the building codes are not modified, then house designs which only focus on NatHERS could adversely impact people's...Read more
New research finds that people are willing to pay more for energy efficient housing, making the case for a mandatory national rating system for existing homes.
“Location, location, location” is a time-honoured mantra for pricing property, but research shows buyers and renters are also prepared to pay a premium for energy efficiency.
The Closing the Loop project through its large-scale systematic review of existing evidence on green building will help to synthesize the complex array of existing research. It will also investigate evidence-based decision-making processes to assist teams to integrate key evidence into decision-making and help build sustainability into projects.
To date, most of the studies conducted into occupation satisfaction and productivity are perception based and undertaken at a point in time rather than as part of a series of ongoing comparisons. This needs to change so we can provide clear guidelines on what makes a building the most productive...