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.
Geothermal or geoexchange energy uses underground temperatures to make heating and cooling more efficient, and researchers are piloting this technology in one of Australia’s biggest infrastructure initiatives, the Metro Tunnel Project
Prefabricated housing innovations have the potential to reduce the environmental impact of construction through improving efficiency and quality. The current paper systematically summarises the published evidence since 1990 that describes the barriers and drivers affecting the uptake of prefabricated housing innovations.
Through a series of interviews with key stakeholders, this paper investigates the nature and extent of office to residential conversions in Sydney, as well as the political, economic, social, environmental and technological drivers and barriers to conversion.