Australia’s Push for Sustainable Housing Amid Climate Concerns

Australia’s federal government has set ambitious targets to construct 12 million new homes by 2029, but faces challenges due to the construction industry’s significant greenhouse gas emissions. These emissions stem from both day-to-day energy use (operating carbon) and materials used in construction (embodied carbon).

While regulations are slowly addressing embodied carbon, more action is needed to curb emissions and prevent environmental harm. Strategies include advocating for smaller homes, optimizing existing buildings, and transitioning to low-carbon materials like timber, stone, and rammed earth.

Innovative technologies and materials play a crucial role in achieving sustainability goals while mitigating climate impacts, ensuring a greener future for Australia’s housing sector.


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