Sydney’s housing is rated less affordable than global metropolises New York and London in a report that paints a dire picture for the city’s middle-income earners :: Read the full article »»»»
An Australian businessman’s investment fund has divided locals after amassing hundreds of properties and becoming the largest single investor in family homes in the New York region.
Over the past three years, Alan Dixon’s fund has spent $610 million on residential property, buying nearly 600 houses and making his company the biggest investor in single family homes in New York.
Mr Dixon’s fund buys historic houses, many of them abandoned or rundown. They buy them cheap, renovate them, and turn them into luxury homes which command top dollar on the rental market.
The purchases are made entirely in cash, and real estate broker Victoria Hagman said Mr Dixon’s all-cash deals are driving up prices :: Read the full article »»»»
Concrete has been used in construction for almost 3,000 years, it is THE most versatile building material on the planet, it’s also the least green. Our use of concrete in building is beyond extensive, by weight you’d need every other building material combined, then doubled to get even close to our reliance on this versatile composite.
The next most used substance on the planet is water, of which concrete also consumes an unhealthy amount of.
The main component of concrete is cement, the manufacture of which is one of the major contributors of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. Cutting back on our use of cement and concrete is a hardship, the stuff is tough and relatively cheap compared with alternatives.
Recycling concrete is becoming much more common, in of itself however, it’s not such a green practice. Concrete demolition usually ends up with as much discarded landfill as recyclable product, and once concrete reaches the recycling yard it’s reprocessing takes almost as much energy as making the stuff from scratch.
Imagine a machine, a robot that could recycle concrete structures without all the heavy machinery, a single deconstruction process. World meet Omer Haciomeroglu’s ERO Concrete De-construction Robot :: Read the full article »»»»
Which room is the most important in your home? For me it’s the kitchen, I love to cook, love to have everything, including friends and family, close at hand. Clearly I enjoy a sociable lifestyle, for this reason, my kitchen is not only large and open, it’s also the center – literally – of my home. The most important step in any project is turning your needs into a great design, we’re not just talking requirements and good looks. What makes you happy, how can a design fulfill your contentment?
Almost more than any other room, a kitchen needs to be well thought out, it requires practicality, must be aesthetically pleasing and should add real value to not only your life, but the value of your home :: Read the full article »»»»
A team from the University of Wollongong UOW and TAFE Illawarra Institute have won a coveted international competition to design a zero-emissions solar home, the teams entry – a retro-fitted Aussie fibro shack – beat-off 24 other entrants to place first in the solar, engineering and architecture categories, with a team from China coming in a sound second.
It’s the first time an Australian team has entered the Solar Decathlon – held in Datong, China since 2002 – the 51-strong team built the Flame House to inspire the Australian community, housing and building industries to embrace sustainable retrofitting technologies.
The retrofitted fibro cottage was also designed to appeal to older builders nearing retirement. The team aimed at building a sustainable home that would sit comfortably in it’s suburban environment :: Read the full article »»»»