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new study has found people are willing to pay a premium for energy efficient homes, prompting calls for a mandatory energy efficiency rating (EER) disclosure system to be rolled out Australia-wide.

University of Melbourne researchers have discovered how to retrofit homes to be more energy efficient, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and cutting electricity bills significantly.

University of Melbourne students will gain valuable experience in urban design, planning and architecture as part of a unique travelling design studio to the Central Pacific island of Kiribati.

Houses on Melbourne’s suburban fringe are responsible for drastically higher levels of greenhouse gas emissions compared to higher density housing or apartments in the inner city according to a new University of Melbourne study.

Home owners with loans from finance companies that are not banks, credit unions or building societies are slugged with exit fees up to 350% higher than other home owners with loans, according to a new University of Melbourne study. 

The fallout from the recent Samoan tsunami and earthquake in Sumatra provides a good chance for aid agencies to consider how effective reconstruction architecture from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami has been, according to Dr David O’Brien.

Increasing Melbourne’s housing density along its major tram lines would help achieve the planning goals of Melbourne 2030 according to Dr Carolyn Whitzman at the University of Melbourne. 

“The plan would add a lot of certainty, because right now decisions are being made council by council about what maximum heights are going to be, while this plan is talking about a maximum height of 8 stories. Studies in Europe and North America show that if you increase density, you also increase services."

"So building along tram lines can lead to more trams more often, better shopping, more taxes to get better parks and recreation centres and so on.”