Bill 23 proposes to eliminate or weaken many housing development regulations including site plan controls, which keep us and our natural environment safe from the negative effects of poorly controlled development.
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Poorly regulated housing is leading to more greenhouse gas emissions through energy loss, increased energy requirements and greater exposure to weather extremes.
The government’s response to the housing crisis has been to build more homes.
England’s housing strategy will consume our entire carbon budget by 2050 – there are alternatives, but they face political and economic barriers.
Engineered wood is a sustainable alternative to cement and steel in construction.
Australia is already in the grip of a skills shortage. We’re going to have to solve that before we can start on the big renewables build.
A group of construction workers on site.
Despite being a major contributor of global carbon emissions, concrete remains a popular construction material. Research suggests this needs to change.
The government this week will take the first step in killing off the controversial Australian Building and Construction Commission by stripping back its powers “to the bare legal minimum”. The government…
A steel plant.
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The Ajaokuta steel plant stands unused after 40 years of construction and US$8 billion in investment.
After the 2018 wildfire in Paradise, Calif., many fire-damaged homes were razed.
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Managed retreat is already common in flood-prone areas, but what about in neighborhoods at high risk from wildfires? Here are four ways communities can pull back for safety.
Wetlands in Accra have become popular targets for developers.
Accra has become susceptible to floods due to encroachment on wetlands.
Costs for achieving net zero are mounting, with no clear plan to afford them.
In the absence of a clear plan for affording the high costs of decarbonisation, it’s time for the UK Treasury to tax fossil fuel companies.
Destroyed buildings along an eroded coastline in Bargny, Senegal.
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Coastal erosion in West Africa is a cause for global concern. The global community must rally to address climate change which is causing the retreat.
Australia’s policies prevent the necessary action to not only address cities’ contribution to climate change, but also to protect cities from its impacts.
Buffalo Bills owners Kim and Terry Pegula received a sweetheart deal from the state to finance their new stadium.
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Study after study has shown that stadiums are terrible public investments. Taxpayers rarely want to pay for them. So why do governments keep subsidizing them?
Glass is produced from sand, is easy to recycle, and can be used to make concrete without any complex processing.
Construction is one of Australia’s fastest growing industries and offers higher than average wages. It is also Australia’s most male dominated industry.
Slow recovery for vulnerable households can slow the recovery of the entire community.
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The most affordable homes face the highest risks from disasters for three key reasons.
Few homes in this Boulder County, Colo., neighborhood survived a fire that swept through in December 2021.
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As more people move into high fire-risk areas, an architect explains what to do to keep properties as safe as possible.
Coastal cities like Port Arthur, Texas, are at increasing risk from flooding during storms.
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A street-by-street analysis shows where the risks are rising fastest and also lays bare the inequities of who has to endure America’s crippling flood problem.
We know how to build a truly zero carbon house. So why are we not doing it, on a massive scale?
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