Built Environment

Affordable rental housing planning policy is not delivering boarding houses

A report by UNSW’s City Futures Research Centre finds planning policy is delivering micro-apartments for students and young professionals rather than affordable housing.

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Reforms to the negative gearing and capital gains tax rules will improve housing affordability for renters, says Professor Hal Pawson at UNSW Built Environment.

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For two decades, a competitive design process pioneered by Sydney City Council has been transforming the city skyline and, new research shows, raising standards as it goes.

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Years of regulatory failure are having direct impacts on the hip pockets of the many Australians who bought defective houses or apartments. It's turning into a multibillion-dollar disaster.

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Architects, certifiers and engineers who work as consultants to builders are on notice about potential liability for the use of flammable cladding, but governments are also culpable for their actions.

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Dr Negin Nazarian is a Scientia Fellow urban climatologist at UNSW’s Faculty of Built Environment. She is working on a wearable that can measure the wearer’s physiological response, such as heart rate and skin temperature, to their immediate environment.

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The risks of combustible cladding on high-rise buildings have long been known. And audits have identified hundreds of Australian buildings with this cladding. Delay in replacing it is inexcusable

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While Opal Tower residents are more badly affected than most, up to 80% of multi-unit buildings have serious defects. Here's what government can do right now to fix the industry.

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Building defects in apartment blocks are far from unusual. We need to identify the systemic flaws contributing to them.

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It's tempting to blame building certifiers and the fact they are privately employed. But the cracks in the quality of our apartment buildings go deeper and can be fixed.

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