Green buildings, healthy people

During World Green Building Week, we look at what makes green buildings better; a campaign to make our homes safe for kids; and a delightful tale about residents moving to make way for the native animals.

Why asking prices are irrelevant and what to do about it

I often hear people referring to their home or investment property purchase in regards to how much they ‘saved’.  When I ask a few questions and dig a little deeper (it’s my nature I just can’t help it) more often than not I discover they’re referring to A) the amount of money they were able to negotiate off the asking price or B) the amount of money they were able to negotiate off the sales agent’s price guide.

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Green buildings are better buildings

Green buildings are creating more prosperous, productive and healthy communities. That’s the message from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) during the fourth annual World Green Building Week.

This week, green building councils (GBCs) in 98 countries representing more than 25,000 organisations hosted events and run campaigns to emphasise the theme: ‘Greener Buildings, Better Places, Healthier People’.

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Outlook clearing for residential land sales

Demand for residential land is lifting and will continue to strengthen, according to a new report from a leading industry analyst and economic forecaster.

BIS Shrapnel’s Outlook for Residential Land 2013-2018 report shows that the upturn is now well and truly underway, due to a rising underlying dwelling deficiency caused by years of limited new construction.

At the same time, affordability has improved considerably thanks to the combination of the weakness in house and land prices and lower interest rates...

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If you wouldn't mind moving just a little…

It has been common practice around the world to relocate (or ignore) wildlife to make way for human infrastructure, but it seems India has begun to turn the tables in favour of its furrier tenants.

A month ago the Indian government offered packages to residents on the northern end of a tiger reserve to move from the land. Since then animals of all shapes, sizes and endangered statuses have been flourishing in the meadows, the Times Of India reported recently.

Once the 200 families moved out of the area, the forest department was able to free up 175 hectares entirely from human presence, allowing herds of bison, chital, sambar, nilgai, wild boars and tigers to return to the land.

Keeping the kids safe at home

A national campaign has been launched to encourage kids and parents to think creatively about child injury prevention in the home.

On average, every year in Australia 250 children are killed and over 58,000 are admitted to hospital as a result of unintentional injury. The majority of these incidents occur in the home and many are easily preventable by simple means.

We take a look at some simple, creative techniques and practices for making our homes safe...

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Home delivery

Following on the story of the Indian village relocated to support local wildlife, we thought it fitting to feature a new dwelling that can be transported on the back of a truck, ready to be placed anywhere.

ÁPH80, a range of sustainably designed portable homes from Spanish architecture firm ÁBATON, offers ample yet compact living with a bedroom, full bathroom and living room/kitchen.

Ideal for two people and easily transported anywhere by road, the outside is covered with cement wood board, the ventilated façade provides 12cm thermal insulation and the internal timber panels are made of hypoallergenic Spanish Fir.

The best part is, it takes 4-6 weeks to manufacture, one day to assemble and costs around AU$45K.

Do renters affect neighbourhood values?

Do you have a lot of renters living in your neighbourhood and wondered what impact that has on the value of your property?

The Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV) looked into the question recently and found some surprising results...

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