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Stay cool with revised house construction codes

February 15th, 2019 · No Comments · Climate change, Construction, Government, Guest appearance, Housing, Housing conditions, Sustainability, Sydney, Wellbeing

By Professor Mat Santamouris, Built Environment, UNSW Sydney. This article was first published by the Sydney Morning Herald. For many Australian households, summer’s debilitating heatwaves will be felt well into autumn as the steep costs of airconditioning show up on household power bills. We shouldn’t have to live like this. Much of the punitive cost […]

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The big lesson from Opal Tower is that badly built apartments aren’t only an issue for residents

January 17th, 2019 · No Comments · Cities, Construction, Government, Guest appearance, Housing, Housing conditions, Strata, Sydney

By Laura Crommelin, Bill Randolph and Hazel Easthope (City Futures Research Centre), and Martin Loosemore (Built Environment, UNSW Sydney). Originally published on The Conversation. The saga of Opal Tower, the 36-storey Sydney apartment building evacuated on Christmas Eve after frightening cracking, has helped to expose the deep cracks in Australia’s approach to building apartments. An interim […]

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There are lessons to be drawn from the cracks that appeared in Sydney’s Opal Tower, but they extend beyond building certification

January 11th, 2019 · No Comments · Construction, Government, Guest appearance, Housing conditions, Sydney

By Geoff Hanmer, Adjunct Lecturer in Architecture, Univeristy of NSW, Sydney. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. The reasons for the cracked concrete that triggered the evacuation – twice – of residents from Sydney’s Opal Tower over Christmas and the New Year are unknown and will […]

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An open letter on rental housing reform

September 25th, 2018 · No Comments · Government, Guest appearance, Housing, Housing conditions, Law, Tenancy

The right of landlords to terminate a lease with no grounds is the most serious deficiency in residential tenancy laws in New South Wales. Shutterstock Following a review of the New South Wales Residential Tenancies Act 2010 in 2016 and extended consultations, the NSW government has introduced a number of reforms to parliament. Debate is […]

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Lifting the energy efficiency standards of low-cost rentals

September 19th, 2018 · No Comments · Climate change, Government, Housing, Housing conditions, Sustainability, Tax, Wellbeing

By Edgar Liu, City Futures Research Centre. The Australian Senate’s Environment and Communications References Committee recently published the Final Report of its Inquiry on current and future impacts of climate change on housing, buildings and infrastructure. This came about after extensive community consultation on the back of parliamentary flip-flopping regarding if and how Australia will […]

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Sydney needs more boarding houses

April 9th, 2018 · No Comments · Construction, Government, Guest appearance, Housing, Housing conditions, Housing supply, Marginal rental, Planning, Private rental, Sydney

By Matthew Benson, UNSW Built Environment Masters candidate and town planning consultant. Originally published in the Sydney Morning Herald. I was a town planner at the former City of South Sydney in the mid-nineties when brothels became legal. Brothel operators could apply to legalise brothels that had been operating for decades. I remember someone objecting […]

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Wealthy landlords and more sharehousing: how the rental sector is changing

April 5th, 2018 · No Comments · Demographics, Finance, Government, Housing, Housing conditions, Marginal rental, Private rental, Tenancy, Uncategorized

By Chris Martin. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. More people are becoming heavily indebted by buying rental properties and shared accommodation is flourishing, as third party tech platforms help people find a place without a real estate agent. A new report from the Australian Housing and Urban Research […]

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What Australia can learn from overseas about the future of rental housing

January 24th, 2018 · No Comments · Affordable housing, Demographics, Finance, Government, Housing, Housing conditions, International, Law, Private rental, Tax, Tenancy

Image: AAP/David Crosling By Chris Martin. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. When we talk about rental housing in Australia, we often make comparisons with renting overseas. Faced with insecure tenancies and unaffordable home ownership, we sometimes try to envisage European-style tenancies being imported here. And, over the past year, […]

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Living rooms for rent by the minute outsource the whole idea of home

November 15th, 2017 · No Comments · Cities, Guest appearance, Housing, Housing conditions, Marginal rental

A living room rented by the minute and another room shared for sleeping – the age of the ‘distributed’ home is upon us. By Christian Tietz, UNSW.  This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Zifferblatt with double f and double t is a German and Russian word for a watch […]

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Room sharing is the new flat sharing

October 13th, 2017 · No Comments · Affordability, Cities, Guest appearance, Housing, Housing conditions, Marginal rental, Public space, Sydney, Wellbeing

“Looking for one girl to share a master room with another 3 girls.” Screenshot from Gumtree ad, August 19 2017, 11:58 , Author provided. By Christian Tietz, UNSW. Originally published on The Conversation. Christian’s exhibition of new work – DENSA: Exploring New Urban Equipment for Denser Living – will be on display throughout the Red Centre […]

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