Meeting the needs of the next generation of home buyers and renters, Dec 2018

To address the housing shortage and ensure that the housing stock deficit is erased the UK needs to build 340,000 new homes every year until 2031. As such, the residential construction sector is under increasing pressure to build the volume of homes the country so desperately needs, which will require not only meeting but exceeding the Government’s current pledge to build 300,000 new homes annually. It’s also critical that these homes meet the needs and demands of future homeowners. 

To gain insight into this, Eurocell surveyed 1,000 25-40-year old renters and home owners to investigate their views on the subject. Respondents were asked questions on a wide range of issues including their home ownership prospects, attitudes towards sustainability credentials in future homes, views on building design, the impact of homes on their wellbeing, as well as their views on how homes could be made more affordable. Following this, Eurocell asked experts from Simpson Haugh, Hawkins Brown, BDP and The High Street Group to analyse the findings and provide insight into the trends that they are currently seeing in the market. 

Paying the Right Price for Energy Efficiency


New research from Melbourne School of Design finds that people in the ACT - where mandatory energy efficiency ratings have been in place for house sales and rentals for 10 years - are willing to pay more for energy efficient housing, making the case for a mandatory national rating system for existing homes.

This article was first published on Pursuit. Read the original article. The research paper is available only to subscribers via this link.

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Current and future impacts of climate change on housing, buildings and infrastructure


This report by the Federal Senate examines the current and future impacts of climate change on housing, buildings and infrastructure, accounting for the full range of projected climate scenarios, having regard to matters, including:

  1. recent and projected changes in sea level rises, and storm surge intensity;

  2. recent and projected changes in temperature and precipitation;

  3. recent and projected changes in extreme weather, including heatwaves, bushfires, floods, and cyclones;

  4. recent and projected changes in natural coastal defence systems including coral reefs, kelp and mangrove forests;

  5. the impact of these changes on the vulnerability of infrastructure in coastal areas;

  6. the impact of these changes on water supply and sewage treatment systems;

  7. the impact of these changes on transportation, including railways, roads and airports;

  8. the impact of these changes on energy infrastructure, including generators and transmission and distribution lines;

  9. the impact of these changes on health, education and social services infrastructure, including hospitals, schools and aged care;

  10. the impact of these changes on private and public housing;

  11. the impact of these changes on public recreation and tourism facilities;

  12. the impact on financing and insurance arrangements for housing, buildings and infrastructure;

  13. the adequacy of current state and Commonwealth policies to assess, plan and implement adaptation plans and improved resilience of infrastructure; and

  14. any other related matters.


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