Better than net zero? Making the promised 1.2 million homes climate-friendly would transform construction in Australia

Fri, 22 Sep 2023 19:08:53 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at]>

Andrew Pam

"The national cabinet has announced plans to build an extra 1.2 million homes
by July 1 2029. The construction, operation and maintenance of buildings
accounts for almost a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions in Australia. If
these new homes are built in a business-as-usual fashion, they will
significantly increase national greenhouse gas emissions.

What if we committed to building homes that produced net negative emissions?
Put simply, such buildings remove more carbon dioxide (CO₂) from the atmosphere
than are emitted during their lifecycle. This includes emissions from producing
building materials and construction through to the end of building life and

Building net-negative-emissions homes can be done. Examples have already been
built overseas.

Building these homes in Australia would do much more than reduce national
emissions. It would be a tangible symbol of our commitment to integrated
problem-solving, in this case involving both housing and a climate-friendly
future. We could produce houses that are part of the climate solution, not a
big part of the problem."

       *** Xanni ***
--               Andrew Pam                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu            Partner, Glass Wings               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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