Flash floods in cities worldwide are becoming commonplace, but what is being done to cope with the heavy downpours that will only increase as climate change bites?
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A recent study looked at what was required to future-proof current pensioner housing in Napier. Insulation, efficient heating and accessibility were found to be key concerns.
The affordability debate often focuses on policy and the demand-end responses, but for the building industry, the more important questions may be what should affordable houses be like, and how can we lower the building cost?
Mimicking the shapes and materials of nature typifies the emerging field of living building design. Although requiring a rethink of traditional design, it could deliver buildings more sympathetic to people and the environment.