Posted inPlanning & Design

New planning policy looks good for people but developers are furious

COMMENT: It didn’t take long for the development lobby to jump in and trash the NSW planning minister’s new planning policies for more “beauty and liveability” in communities. The new draft design and place state environmental planning policy puts people first. It calls for placemaking and housing that “puts heathier communities, housing choice, cooler and […]

Posted inNews from the Front Desk

On why planning is so important to balance your flanks, Mr Perrottet

News from the front desk: Dear Mr Dominic Perrottet You’ve snared a great gig as premier of NSW, thanks to the stumblings of some people in your government. It’s also a great gig because you’re inheriting the benefits and kudos of the outperformance of others. This outperformance is unexpected. In all our years of watching […]

Posted inHousing

States disagree on access features for new housing – and open the gates to confusion, especially for trades

OPINION: In December the Building Ministers’ Meeting will finalise the section of the National Construction Code relating to basic easy access features in all new homes. The decision to include these features, referred to as the Silver standard, was made in April this year. But this is not a done deal. Contrary to the spirit […]

Posted inConstruction & Development

CEFC releases new report on embodied carbon

The Australian buildings and infrastructure report has found that, on average, sustainability-rated infrastructure projects achieve a reduction of up to 33 per cent in embodied carbon compared to similar designs with no such measures. The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) developed the industry resource in collaboration with the Green Building Council of Australia and the […]