"The design and construction of new homes in Australia may leave residents
vulnerable to heatwaves and local councils can do little to fix the situation,
our new research has found.
Our study focused on the Jordan Springs development at Penrith in Western
Sydney. We found the estate may not be fit to withstand future heatwaves,
potentially putting residents at risk and leaving them dependent on
increasingly expensive air conditioning.
Australians are already experiencing significant heatwaves. And the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change this month warned heatwaves will
become even more frequent, intense and longer.
Rising house prices in Australia’s major cities are driving many people to more
affordable housing estates on the city fringe. But without interventions from
state governments and local councils, such estates may be unsustainable as
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