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Why are Australian houses so cold, and how can we build 1.2m new ones that won’t trash the environment? | Philip Oldfield

Here’s how Australia can build new homes that not only keep us warm but cut emissions and avoid climate catastrophe

The federal government has set a target of building 1.2m new homes in Australia by 2029.

If we construct these homes the same way as we do today, their materials will contribute to millions of tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, while our poorly performing existing homes will remain freezing in the winter. We need to change the way we design, build and retrofit housing to avoid a climate catastrophe.

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