Recent catastrophic fires and floods forbode a devastating future if we do not limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Experts agree that achieving this target will require far reaching transformations in all aspects of society and the economy. The property development and construction industry should not be exempt from changes as building design can substantially reduce energy use. But the government recently scrapped new development principles and rules that would have made new homes more efficient and better adapted to a warmer planet. The government says it will reduce housing costs but properties are sold at market value, with cheaper construction costs only increasing developer profits with future residents left to suffer from homes that are uncomfortable, expensive to run and at greater risk from climate change impacts. In Parliament, I asked a series of questions about how the government now intends to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with its targets in the property development and construction industry, and in new areas.
My questions > HERE.