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How baugruppen are pioneering the self-made city

By  Kristien Ring , University of Western Australia This 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 a...
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Research centre to unlock potential of prefabricated housing

A new research training centre that aims to propel growth in the prefabricated housing industry has launched its research programme at The University of Melbourne. The  Australian Research Council (ARC) Training Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing  will undertake important research to develop new methods and technologies that...
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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 Buil...
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Solutions beyond supply to the housing affordability problem

John Daley , Grattan Institute ; Joe Hurley , RMIT University ; Nicole Gurran , University of Sydney ; Robin Goodman , RMIT University , and Steven Rowley , Curtin University Treasurer Scott Morrison has outlined his vision for increasing home ownership at a speech to the Urban Development Institute of Australia . The Treasurer acknowledged it’s ha...
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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 t...
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To cut urban sprawl, we need quality infill housing displays

Geoffrey London , University of Western Australia With state governments across Australia acknowledging the need to limit urban sprawl, fill the gaps within existing metropolitan areas and build higher-density housing on selected sites, many opportunities have opened up. Demonstration projects are key to ensuring quality outcomes, and government ha...
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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 ...
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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 University Low-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 thei...
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Grant for prototype prefab multi-storey housing solutions

  The University of Sydney and Lendlease have been awarded a $3 million grant by the Australian Government to undertake a collaborative research project to develop prefabricated multi-storey housing solutions. The five-year industry-led project received funding from the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science’s Cooperative Research Centre Pr...
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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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Gold and Sunshine coasts leading regional building approvals

Building approvals are continuing to climb in the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. Latest ABS statistics show the Gold Coast increased 65 per cent for the year, while the Sunshine Coast increased by almost 25 per cent. Master Builders deputy CEO Paul Bidwell says the results were mainly driven by major infrastructure investment in the 2018 Commonweal...
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Better signs for home building

  According to The Housing Industry Association’s (HIA) New Home Sales Report, a survey of Australia’s largest volume builders, total new home sales ended 2015/16 on a higher note. “The overall trend is still one of modest decline for new home sales, but a bounce of 8.2 per cent in June 2016 highlights the resilience of the national new home buildi...
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Are shipping containers really the answer for affordable housing?

Time for a reality check By  Vidyasagar Potdar , Curtin University Housing affordability issues in Australia have resulted in people looking for alternative ways to build accommodation more cheaply. A recent worldwide trend has been to convert shipping containers to liveable accommodation. However, some real challenges lie behind the rosy picture o...
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Building industry forecasts released

  Building and construction industry forecasts released today document the passing of two booms – mining and residential – and the impact of that on this sector of the Australian economy. The Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) today released the latest ACIF Forecasts, revealing how the sector is coping with another double-digit fall in e...
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Construction industry should benefit from Budget 2016

While last night’s Budget was anything but revolutionary, with little to affect property investors and the world of real estate, one sector that will benefit, according to Master Builders Australia, is the construction industry. “Tradies and builders in the nation’s $200 billion building industry are big winners from the Budget,” CEO Wilhelm Harnis...
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Does higher-density city development leave urban forests out on a limb?

By  Joe Hurley , RMIT University ; Ebadat Parmehr , RMIT University ; Kath Phelan , RMIT University ; Marco Amati , RMIT University , and Stephen Livesley , University of Melbourne Greater recognition of the benefits of urban forests is focusing efforts from all levels of government to defend and improve them. Perhaps the most iconic of these effor...
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Political uncertainty on taxes could hit development

The latest State of the Land report by The Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) has for the first time in its eight-year history found that uncertainty at the federal level is at greater risk of hurting the property development industry than state-level policies. UDIA national president Michael Corcoran says federal-level uncertainty is ...
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Women deserve respect on building sites

Challenging the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) to do better in their treatment of women on building sites is important, and couldn’t be timelier in celebrating International Women’s Day, according to Wilhelm Harnisch, CEO of Master Builders Australia. Harnish says the Heydon Royal Commission, and other recent cases, uncover...
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Permits proving more popular

There’s been a strong resurgence in the popularity of permit-approved sites in Victoria, with more than $145 million worth of permitted development site sales transacting since November 2015 according to CBRE. The trend is being underpinned by two key factors – the new state government’s attitude towards planning and the strength of the residential...
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Debut development nets $400,000 profit

Premium Content / February 10, 2016 Posted by: Heidi Davoren in Case Studies & Investor Profiles , Premium Content , Property Development Premium Content preview... When Victorian Andrew Rowe decided to take on a development project he had grand plans but was restricted by what he could affo...
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