The 2008 edition of the Dollars and Sense of Green Building report aims outline changes and how the understanding of ‘green’ has evolved. It also reviews what has been learned from case studies, improvements in the rating tools, industry practices and knowledge as well as the new cost benchmarks, business benefits and economics of green buildings. Having set out the current position this Report examines realistic future goals and targets, continuing barriers, and the actions required to enable the industry to continue to move forward.
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
As key influencers of value, the residential property marketing sector have often been a barrier to driving a new market in low carbon homes. Recognising the value proposition already at work in this target market and understanding the time-sensitive context of the “real estate...Read more
In response to feedback, high-income households can reduce their energy use to a larger degree than low-income households (17% vs 3% reduction). This and other insights were gained by two rapid reviews into research, both Australian and International, on digital services and...Read more
This paper provides a theoretical and operational overview of a new integrated urban sustainability assessment framework named as Local area Envisioning and Sustainability Scoring system (LESS). LESS allows the monitoring, mapping and measurement of indicators from four fields of relevance to local government areas: environment, socio-economic, infrastructure and governance. The assessment of chosen indicators is conducted by taking into account the priorities and aspirations of a local government.
The cost of bad design is a clarion call. There is no excuse for bad design, and no reason to accept poor standards, yet exemplary buildings remain the exception. The buildings and spaces being constructed now will shape the way our towns and cities function over the next 50 years. We must ensure we create a legacy in the next 10 years of which we can be proud.