Posted: August 12th, 2013 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: GREEN, INSULATION, Renovate or Die, Renovation News, STANDOUT, Technology | Tags: 2013 Solar Decathlon, Australian Innovation, Energy Efficient, Sustainable Building | Comments Off on Aussie Team Wins 2013 International Solar Decathlon
A team from the University of Wollongong UOW and TAFE Illawarra Institute have won a coveted international competition to design a zero-emissions solar home, the teams entry – a retro-fitted Aussie fibro shack – beat-off 24 other entrants to place first in the solar, engineering and architecture categories, with a team from China coming in a sound second.
It’s the first time an Australian team has entered the Solar Decathlon – held in Datong, China since 2002 – the 51-strong team built the Flame House to inspire the Australian community, housing and building industries to embrace sustainable retrofitting technologies.
The retrofitted fibro cottage was also designed to appeal to older builders nearing retirement. The team aimed at building a sustainable home that would sit comfortably in it’s suburban environment :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: December 9th, 2011 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Australian Home Prices, Real Estate News, Renovation News, Renovation Planning | Tags: Australian Building Slump, Australian Industry Group, HIA-AIG, Home Construction, House Construction, Performance of Construction Index, Rate Cut | 1 Comment »
Activity in the construction sector picked up in November but remained in decline overall despite the Reserve Bank’s decision to cut official interest rates that month, a key monthly survey shows. Read the full article »»»»
Posted: December 8th, 2011 | Author: Buster Cookson | Filed under: Concept Housing, Renovation News, Renovation Planning | Tags: Concept Housing, Emergency Housing, Gabriel Aramu, Gizmag, Modular Housing, Sliding Hub | Comments Off on Modular Housing Concept Boasts 64 Possible Combinations
Italian Designer Gabriel Aramu has conceptualized a modular housing system that seems to offer endless possibilities. Dubbed “Sliding Hub,” these prefabricated cubes join together to create a temporary housing solution for multiple situations. In the event that emergency shelters are required, the modules can be packed and transported to any destination. On arrival, the modules are easily joined together, with the flexibility to house individuals, small groups or large numbers without limitation. Each module incorporates an insulation system suitable for all kinds of weather conditions. In addition, the temporary accommodation units provide a comfortable standard of living, important to natural disaster victims. READ MORE @ GIZMAG
Posted: December 6th, 2011 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Renovation News, Renovation Planning | Tags: Power of Green, Renewable Energy, Solar Power, The Clean Energy Council | Comments Off on Clean Energy Report: 35 Fold Increase in Solar Power
A new report released at climate talks in South Africa overnight has found the number of solar panels installed in Australian homes has grown 35-fold in the past three years. The Clean Energy Report says more than 1 million Australians now live in homes powered by solar panels and the nation is on track to meet its target of a fifth of its energy from renewables by 2020.
The industry’s peak body, The Clean Energy Council, produced the report and says heavy rains have boosted hydropower catchments, which have provided two thirds of the country’s renewable energy in the past year. The report found uncertainty over whether a carbon tax would be introduced stalled larger projects like the construction of new wind farms.
The Clean Energy Council’s director, Kane Thornton, thinks that will change in 2012.
“Now that’s been legislated, and I think it’s fair to say that it’s unlikely that carbon price will be repealed, we’re confident that investors will have the confidence to go ahead,” Thornton said. “We’ve seen a strong year for solar power, there’s a lot of pent-up investment in large-scale wind projects. We’re optimistic that there’ll be a strong growth in large-scale wind farms over the coming years.”
He says wind power is the most cost-effective way for Australia to meet its clean energy target. Renewable energy produced nearly 10 per cent of Australia’s electricity in the 12 months to September, in a market worth $5.2 billion a year.
Posted: December 1st, 2011 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Australian Home Prices, Get Out of the House, Real Estate News, Renovation News | Tags: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Home Prices, House Construction, House Prices, Real Estate News, RP Data-Rismark | Comments Off on House Prices Continue to Fall
A key index shows house prices fell for the 10th consecutive month in October. The RP Data-Rismark home value index fell 0.5 per cent across the capital cities on a seasonally adjusted basis last month.
Prices in capital cities have dropped 4 per cent over the 10 months to the end of October, while regional centres have seen a slightly smaller decline. RP Data director of research Tim Lawless says there were falls across most capital cities.
“Over the month of October we’ve seen Sydney and Canberra the most resilient,” Mr Lawless said.
“Sydney values are absolutely flat, with Canberra values up 1.6 per cent. But at the other end of the spectrum, there’s still those weak players, so we’ve seen Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth certainly recording the worst results.”
Mr Lawless says this month’s interest rate cut should provide some boost to the real estate market. Read the full article »»»»