Planting greenery on roofs can help improve air quality inside buildings: study

Covering the roofs of apartment and office buildings with plants can help improve the quality of air inside and lift property values, according to a growing body of green infrastructure research. Most recently, an article published by US researchers in the Building and Environment journal showed growing greenery on the roof of a building and near the air…

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Sydney’s acclaimed waterfront adds a huge price premium but what’s the cost to buy in?

Tourism authorities have long argued that nothing beats Sydney Harbour. In real estate terms, at least, they’re right. Waterfront homes in Sydney attract the highest price premium around the world, but what is the real cost to buy in? Experts say a shortage in prime waterfront property means the competition to secure a marina berth,…

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Retiree home ownership is about to plummet and soon little more than half will own where they live

Australia’s retirement incomes system has been built on the assumption that most retirees would own their home outright. But new Grattan Institute modelling shows the share of over 65s who own their home will fall from 76% today to 57% by 2056 – and it’s likely that less than half of low-income retirees will own…

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Housing with buyer protection and no serious faults – is that too much to ask of builders and regulators?

Regulation of the Australian building industry is broken, according to the Shergold-Weir report to the Building Ministers’ Forum. “We have concluded that [the] nature and extent [of problems] are significant and concerning. The problems have led to diminishing public confidence that the building and construction industry can deliver compliant, safe buildings which will perform to the expected standards…

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