The research, focused on the Jordan Springs estate in Western Sydney, found houses were built close together and made from materials which exacerbate hot weather.
Proposals to improve the capital's urban design and density must also take account of the city's unique streetscapes.
Builders compete for customers by touting the features of their homes. Some builders promote ‘six-star’ home energy ratings in ways that could mislead consumers and breach Australian Consumer Law.
When a house is better sealed, the quality of ventilation becomes more critical.
Our health depends on the quality of air indoors, where most of us spend 90% of our time. The easiest solution is to open a window, but what if that’s not an option?
Soaring heating costs mean many vulnerable Australians endure cold houses and the associated risks to their health.
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The idea of a hot and sunny land is so baked into our thinking about Australia that we’ve failed to design and build houses that protect us from the cold.
We can learn a lot from Queenslanders.
The latest heatwave put huge pressure on our electricity grid, as Australians turned on their air conditioners. Smarter design and regulations could solve the problem.