New research suggests installing photovoltaics on roofs and driving electric cars could transform low-density suburbia from a high-energy consumer to an energy provider for the city.
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Glass has advanced from providing daylight to controlling the entire solar spectrum and providing insulation, sound control, fire retardation, safety, security, decoration, shape, glare reduction and more.
With urban densification putting a strain on infrastructure services, some councils now require stormwater to be dealt with in situ, easing the strain on public systems.
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?
We take a sideways glance at how changing times have influenced the form and function of our houses and where we choose to live.
Australia’s vulnerability to droughts, coastal erosion and temperature increases, along with its high greenhouse gas emissions, means it must take climate change seriously when looking at urban design for the future.
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.
A new solar collector system, being developed at the University of Waikato, integrates neatly into standard roofing iron and can generate both electricity and heat.
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.