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Freezing indoors? That’s because Australian homes are closer to tents than insulated eco-buildings

June 14th, 2022 · No Comments · Climate change, Housing

By Associate Professor Philip Oldfield, Head of School, Built Environment, UNSW. Originally published at The Guardian. As winter sets in, and temperatures plummet, it can sometimes feel as cold inside as it does outside. The reason for this is the poor thermal performance of houses in Australia. Our homes need to be rapidly improved to […]

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Why the COVID Commission must back social housing stimulus

June 3rd, 2020 · No Comments · Climate change, Construction, Economy, Government, Housing supply, Pandemic, Sustainability

By Hal Pawson, City Futures Research Centre. The Prime Minister’s COVID Commission is supposed to be advising government on how to ‘facilitate the fastest possible recovery of lives and livelihoods’ after the pandemic. Yet it’s main focus appears to be the promotion of a fossil-fuelled medium-term industrial strategy tailored to mining interests. Advocacy for a […]

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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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Lifting the energy efficiency standards of low-cost rentals

September 19th, 2018 · No Comments · Climate change, Government, Housing, Housing conditions, Sustainability, 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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It’s not easy being green, especially when affordable help is so hard to find

July 19th, 2016 · No Comments · Climate change, Wellbeing

This article by Edgar Liu and Bruce Judd was originally published on The Conversation.   The transition to a clean energy future is upon us, as shown by the huge uptake of solar panels and by the Turnbull government’s decision to set up a A$1 billion Clean Energy Innovation Fund. But what about those people […]

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Climate Change Adaptation for Settlements and Infrastructure

February 25th, 2016 · No Comments · Climate change, Government

(Visualisation of a current climate 100 year flood event in southeast Queensland) The Australian Climate Change Adaptation Research Network for Settlements and Infrastructure (ACCARNSI) Forum and Workshop was held 15 – 17, February 2016 on the Campus of the University of Canberra, ACT. ACCARNSI is one of four National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) […]

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