Most new houses being built in Australia do no better than comply with the minimum energy performance required by regulations.
Australia requires a minimum six-star energy rating for new housing. New homes average just 6.2 stars, so builders are doing the bare minimum to comply, even as the costs of this approach are rising.
The more comfortable women feel about breastfeeding in public, the better for both babies and society.
Promoting the benefits of breastfeeding isn't enough when uncomfortable and uninviting public places deter mothers. Places that help them feel comfortable breastfeeding have several key features.
People between the ages of 25 and 34 are the largest group of woman who find themselves homeless.
The largest group of homeless women is between the ages of 25 and 34, and family violence is most often the cause. Their stories testify to the dangers and stresses of not having a place to call home.
The Mascot Towers building in Sydney’s inner south is cordoned off after residents were evacuated following the discovery of cracks in the building.
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Regulations that are meant to protect residents from building failures and fires have been found wanting. All governments must take responsibility for fixing the defective regime they created.
Residents play Pimp my Suburb, an exercise in engaging the community in achieving higher density while preserving what they love about their neighbourhood.
Faced with local planning changes like infill development people often fear they could lose the neighbourhood they love. But serious games are proving effective in giving locals a say in their future.
ParentsNext requires places like libraries and public pools to monitor parents' attendance at activities. This undermines their role as spaces of inclusion and support.
Nawarddeken Academy’s self-built school is an example of reinvesting funds from payment for ecosystem services to meet critical community needs in innovative ways.
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We now have a proven model for supporting self-determined building on Aboriginal homelands. The next question is how can its reach be extended?
Cairns Lagoon: as a good response to the tropical climate, it’s a very active place but with little business activity.
Good urban design and walkability boost local economic activity by increasing public activity, but cities need to pay more attention to the effects of microclimates on streets and public spaces.
BeefLedger and QUT work with Mount Gambier High School students on food provenance, IoT and data science.
A project to protect producers from food fraud by verifying and promoting the provenance of the region's beef exports to China turned out to be a source of creative work in the region as well.
People living in private rental housing were much more likely than social housing residents to say they felt lonely.
Increasing numbers of older Australians don't own their homes. Whether they are private renters or live in social housing can make a big difference to their risk of loneliness and anxiety.
VLocity trains run at speeds of up to 160km/h on four Victorian regional lines.
More than half a century after the first high-speed trains began running overseas, Australia is still waiting for the long-promised service. Right now, faster rail is a better short-term prospect.
The public outrage at the killing of Courtney Herron, including a vigil in the park where her body was found, demands more than a knee-jerk response from government.
The brutal killing of a young homeless woman has led to calls for more crisis accommodation. This is a short-term fix. We have to move beyond crisis management to sustained housing for people at risk.
Many places overseas require developers to build a certain proportion of affordable housing, but Victoria has opted for a voluntary negotiated approach.
People on the minimum wage can afford only 2% of private rentals and only 1% if on the pension. Affordable housing requirements are often mandatory overseas, but Victoria is relying on negotiation.
One of the successful outcomes of being part of 100 Resilient Cities is Living Melbourne: our metropolitan urban forest, a newly released strategy to increase vegetation cover in the city.
Melbourne and Sydney are members of 100 Resilient CIties, which the Rockefeller Foundation has said it will no longer fund. So what has the global network achieved? And what can we learn from this?
The Lacrosse building fire in Melbourne’s Docklands district rang alarm bells about the risks of combustible cladding back in 2014.
Estimated costs for Victoria alone range from hundreds of millions to as much as $1.6 billion If work to rectify buildings fitted with combustible cladding isn't well handled.
Too many Australians struggle to get their housing maintained and problems fixed.
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Having quality housing matters. What's standing in the way of ensuring every Australian has housing that meets basic comfort and health standards? And how can we overcome these problems?
Analysing big data can tell us how a big city ticks, including where suitable housing and jobs are, and how best to get to them.
We have learnt to be wary of big data, but it can also be your friend: one platform combines and analyses data about housing, jobs and transport to reveal very useful information about living in Perth.
Oceanix, a proposed floating city, has captured the attention of the UN.
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Floating cities are back on the agenda, with the UN recently hosting a meeting on the subject. The latest in a long line of proposals since the '50s was unveiled, but just how feasible is the idea?
Policies focused on ownership do little to help lower-income households that are struggling to pay the rent.
The policy focus remains on home ownership, but a new survey shows slight improvements in affordability do little to help people on low incomes. Their plight calls for better social housing policy.
Floral tributes form a makeshift memorial to Courtney Herron, whose body was found in Royal Park, Melbourne, on Saturday.
Media coverage often uses the label 'homeless' in ways that link the plight of tens of thousands of Australians to criminality. But a homeless person is much more likely to be vulnerable than violent.