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Higher Planning Cost for House Builders
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Housebuilders will pay higher planning contributions under new system, housing secretary says in defence of government proposals for a radical overhaul of the planning system. These have been warmly welcomed by small housebuilders but derided as shameful by critics.

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Plastic Disposal will Hike Build Costs
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Rahni Sadler and Michael Slezak of ABC’s specialist Reporting Team on national science, technology and environment highlights the case of a 23-year-old Melbourne law student who is suing the Australian Government for failing to disclose the risk climate change poses to Australians’ super and other safe investments.

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Plastic Disposal will Hike Build Costs
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Changes to the regulations governing the disposal of plastic packaging could spark a massive hike in the cost of some building materials. David Taylor reports

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Retire the Retirement Village
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Kennedy & Buys, professors at Queensland University, reckon that retirement villages – walled, gated and separate seniors’ enclaves – have had their day. The word “retirement” is redundant and engagement between people of all ages is high. That’s how participants in the Longevity By Design Challenge envisage life in Australia in 2050.

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Intergenerational living?
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There are times when the conventional publishing process struggles to keep pace with real life events. This is one such time. When I began researching this article at the beginning of March there had been no coronavirus deaths and the question of providing housing for the elderly that was designed to enable people to lead […]

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A future disrupted: McKinsey Report
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Zak Garner-Purkis writes in Construction News, even the lead authors of McKinsey’s new (June) construction report were surprised by the findings. The scale and speed of the disruption predicted by the global consultant is unprecedented.

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Creating cognitive buildings – past, present, future
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Cognitive buildings are increasingly commonplace thanks to the development of technologies that are delivering greater levels of operational control. For example, Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity can help to anticipate workplace conditions and reduce a building’s carbon footprint by cutting its energy consumption.

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Covid-19 may force rethink on City Design
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Coronavirus probably isn’t helping but I’ve found myself preoccupied by two particularly poignant warnings about climate change – both in the new LETI (London Energy Transformation Initiative) climate emergency design guide.

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Biodiversity Challenge for New Developments
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The Environment Bill was re-introduced to parliament this spring, and within it is a new requirement that will pose challenging new standards for developers and planning authorities.

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Building with Wood in Climate Emergency
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“Without increased and urgent mitigation ambition in the coming years, leading to a sharp decline in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, global warming will surpass 1.5°C in the following decades, leading to irreversible loss of the most fragile ecosystems, and crisis after crisis for the most vulnerable people and societies.”

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Working miracles: The office design revolution
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From community hubs for homeworkers to the demise of the high-rise office, the first in a series on post-pandemic design asks what our future workspaces might look like. Will the office ever be the same again? As loosening of some Coronavirus lockdown measures begins, it is clear that the workplace will have to adapt fast […]

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