Australia’s building and land-use policy settings fall well short of what’s needed to make meaningful progress toward creating sustainable cities.
You will find environmental sustainability goals and objectives in government strategy documents. But our newly released review of building and land-use planning policies around Australia has found New South Wales is the only state without serious gaps in legislation and enforcement.
Research shows a large percentage of new dwellings in Australia fail to meet even minimum building requirements when checked after construction.
There is little legislation and enforcement, with the notable exception of NSW’s Building and Sustainability Index (BASIX). This means neither building codes nor state planning systems are achieving sustainability goals required for a low-carbon future for cities and buildings.
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