September 19, 2018

Building Up and Moving Out report released

The Building Up and Moving Out report is the outcome of the inquiry into the Australian Government’s role in the development of cities, by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities.

“Our cities need to be better planned, better connected, more compact, more diverse and more sustainable. They will need to engage with, and hopefully lead, global best practice in technology, urban form, accessibility and sustainability. They will need to connect to regions which are also well planned, well connected, more sustainable and better integrated. This requires vision and leadership from government at all levels, and the development of systems of urban and regional governance well-adapted to the challenges of the future.”

“The Committee believes that enhancing the environmental sustainability of Australia’s built environment is critical to maintaining the prosperity, liveability and resilience of settlements of all sizes. It supports continuing to enhance the environmental sustainability of Australia’s built environment.”

The report suggests a “national plan of settlement” covering:

  • Growth and change in population
  • Growth and change in employment
  • The economically, socially and environmentally sustainable development of cities and regions
  • The relationship between cities and regions on a national, regional and local scale
  • Connectivity within and between regions, and between residence and employment

Chapter 7 focuses on Sustainable buildings, and outlines recommendations for commercial buildings and acknowledges the value of ratings tools.

View the report here.