Ye gods what’s going on with the Feds? Down the rabbit hole they go again.
Why should we care about the future of buildings? This question was posed last week by Dr Mathew Aitchison, Professor in Architecture and lead for the University of Sydney’s Innovation and Applied Design Lab at August’s Sydney Ideas – The Future of Building.
The Australian construction industry has among the lowest rates of investment in research and development in our economy.
What do you think the missing middle would look like if it were to become a serious movement in Australian housing formation today?
Following is a transcript Western Sydney University Adjunct Professor David Chandler presented to the Australia-China Council on 17 April regarding what is needed to develop competitive advantages in the design and construction marketplace.
What do Easter show bags and construction deaths have in common? In NSW they share the same minister. The Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation.
Australia is importing an increasing amount of northern hemisphere pre-manufacture technology and materials these days. The subject should be getting much more political interest than it is.
It is often said that the standard you are prepared to walk by is the standard you are willing to accept. Well that’s fine, but we are not the regulators.
This article is based on a paper on prefabricated construction, asking if it is a solution or a symptom in the current state of global construction transformations.
Australia is increasingly linked to a fast-growing global population. The populations of Sydney and Melbourne are both expected to exceed 8.5 million by 2061. What will Australia’s cities look like then?
Well, Tomorrowland was great – in the original sense. The non-pejorative sense, absent the connotations the word has been imbued with by that strange one in the US White House whose name shall no-longer-be-spoken.
Build to Rent could become a strategically important contributor to the future housing landscape, helping renters to obtain secure, relatively affordable housing, while providing a stable, long-term investment. But the government needs to step up to make it an attractive proposition.
Australia’s inevitable drift to rental was well forecast by Owen Donald’s National Housing Supply Council in its second State of Supply report (2010). The Council indicated demand for rental growing to 2.72 million dwellings by 2019, an increase of 26 per cent from a 2009 baseline. Perhaps the acuity of dwelling cost was not as […]
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The Sydney Public Hearing by the Senate Economics Reference Committee into Non-Conforming Building Products (NCBPs) confirmed much of what the construction industry already knows.
In the wake of the UK’s Grenfell fire scandal, there have been multiple calls for inquiries and audits of buildings across Australia that may contain flammable aluminium panelling.
The failure of one of the older companies in the prefab housing business last month was a sign that all can’t be expected to go smoothly when it comes to breakthrough technology promising to disrupt the housing market. A note now on the Tektum Ltd website says: Bruce Gleeson of Jones Partners Insolvency & Business […]
A swathe of new board and panel appointments have been made at the Living Future Institute, UrbanGrowth NSW and the Forest and Wood Products Association. The Living Future Institute Five new board members have been appointed. They include: Tom Grosskopf, director Metropolitan Branch at Office of Environment and Heritage NSW, which manages NABERS Kate Harris, chief […]
The UK’s most influential property and development industry leaders including Lend Lease Europe have urged the UK government to reconsider its shock decision to scrap a zero carbon homes policy that has been in place since 2006.
Whenever the UK’s Grand Designs program is shown on Australian TV, traffic to Melbourne-based modular home company Habitech Systems’ website spikes, according to the company’s managing director Chris Barnett.