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How baugruppen are pioneering the self-made city

By Kristien Ring, University of Western AustraliaThis is the second piece in our series, Reinventing density, co-published with Future West (Australian Urbanism).Profit-driven developments shape the housing markets of most major cities today. However, new models exist that offer greater choice and lower costs, foster cohesive neighbourhoods and ena...
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Survey shows construction sentiment holding up… just

The recent Master Builders survey of building and construction shows industry sentiment is holding up, despite a recent deterioration in some of the leading indicators.Matthew Pollock, housing national manager, says: “Industry sentiment showed signs of improvement in the September quarter issue of Master Builders’ quarterly National Survey of Build...
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Flood risk information for Toowoomba investors

Investors and developers looking to buy as well as owners who already have property in the Toowoomba region can now find out the flood risk for their properties with the launch of an online Flood Risk Information Portal.Toowoomba Regional Council’s Planning and Development Committee chair Chris Tait says the council has taken a holistic approach to...
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Warning to check claims, as fake builder fined $20,000

 Proof if it were needed that everyone should check the credentials of the building practitioners they employ, as the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) successfully prosecutes well-known home builder Mentor Gormani, director of Gormani Homes Pty Ltd.The director of the now deregistered building company was prosecuted by the VBA in the Dandenong Ma...
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Sustainable housing’s expensive, right? Not when you look at the whole equation

Trivess Moore, RMIT University; Cecily Maller, RMIT University; Ralph Horne, RMIT University, and Yolande Strengers, RMIT UniversityLow-energy or zero-energy housing is international best practice, but is still considered costly. Part of the problem is that studies of housing standards typically use only cost-benefit analysis to assess their value,...
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Warning issued after dodgy builders caught out

A warning has been issued about using unlicensed building entities, after four companies were collectively fined more than $40,000 for unlicensed building work services and other offences in Queensland.The state’s building industry regulator, the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) urged the public to only contract with licensed ...
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