In a move that could change the way Sydney houses are built, the Federal Government is moving to change the city’s design standards.
Key points: The government says the standards need to be “balanced” in order to ensure a sustainable future for all citiesThe changes will affect buildings built in the past 20 yearsThe changes would impact all city buildings including apartments and homesIn a move the Government hopes will make it easier to build affordable, high-density housing, the Government says it needs to “balance” the needs of all city centres and “ensure a sustainable long-term future for Sydney”.
In the first stage of the new design standards, new houses would be required to meet standards for height, structural strength, water-resistance, fire resistance, heat resilience, noise insulation, energy efficiency and climate resilience.
It will also require “designs that are fair, sustainable and appropriate for the building”.
The changes to the building regulations come after years of pressure from residents to ensure that Sydney houses meet new standards, including an increase in the minimum height to 1.5 metres.
The new regulations will also apply to any building that is built in Sydney’s past 20 year, and would be in place until 2026.
But the changes could affect all cities including apartments, homes and hotels, and could affect the supply of housing in Sydney.
“This change is part of a broader commitment to the Sydney housing market, and is aimed at ensuring that all of Sydney’s buildings meet the building standards that were established by the Council in its 2010 report,” a spokesperson for the Government said.
“As a result of this, it is expected that the Government will introduce new regulations in 2020-21 to reflect the current situation.”
The City of Sydney has been the subject of a number of public consultations over the past decade, and the Government has now adopted the recommendations of the report, which includes building standards.
The Government says its aim is to ensure the quality and safety of the building while also ensuring it is affordable and sustainable.
The changes were introduced after the last Government, in the 2016-17 budget, committed to increasing the number of homes in the city by up to 25 per cent.
But the Government’s plans to reduce the number and density of houses in the CBD has already hit some roadblocks.
The CBD is already one of the largest cities in Australia with around 15,000 homes, but the Government expects more than 20,000 to be built in a new area in the next three years.
“There are a number issues that need to sort themselves out in the coming years,” a spokeswoman for the City of London said.
“In particular, there are pressures on existing housing stock in the surrounding area, and that needs to be addressed.”
If there is an opportunity to do this, we would be happy to work with the Government to find a solution.
“In the meantime, the new regulations could have an impact on how Sydney houses were built, but not necessarily in a positive way.
Many of the city buildings were designed for the 1980s and 1990s, when the number was small and the quality of materials was poor.
The city has been trying to find ways to make them more modern and sustainable, but that hasn’t been an easy task.
There are also concerns that the standards for building materials and materials used in construction could be changed to make it more cost effective.
The City has been working on a proposal to address those issues, which has been met with mixed responses from the local community.
It is also working with a number other local governments, including the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and the NSW Building Industry Association (SIA).”
These changes will also impact on all cities, including apartments,” the spokesperson said.