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HOUSING

Welcome to HOUSING Online, your home for business tricks, industry tips, people we admire and homes that inspire. We deliver stories that make you feel part of a vibrant community of like-minded industry professionals, building for Australian families and our future.

If you have a story you’d like us to consider or a topic you’d like to share, reach out to our team at housing@hia.com.au

Feature articles

French revolution

By commissioning a host of talented tradespeople, two passionate building brothers produced an elegant Melbourne residence that won the coveted 2021 HIA-CSR Australian People’s Choice Home award.

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Black book of secrets

Renowned for his daring designs, Sydney architect Scott Weston reveals inside tips to help builders, designers and craftspeople work together seamlessly.

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Projects

Innovation Inspiration Workmanship
Peak of perfection
When a five-bedroom home was built on an inhospitable site – with a vertical sandstone wall and a natural cave – it took ingenuity and fearlessness to incorporate these natural elements.Images: Barton Taylor Photography
Aug 21
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Design Inspiration
Art and brass
Bringing an architect’s complex design vision to life, HIA member Grosser Constructions transformed a historically significant property into a new kind of architectural icon. Photos: Tom Ferguson
Feb 21
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Environment Inspiration Sustainability
Close to nature
A stunning environmentally friendly house built by Never Stop Group blends innovation and sustainability, with some unexpected twists and turns inside and out.
Feb 21
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Inspiration Workmanship
Bushland oasis
With its understated luxury, tactile finishes and flawless detailing, this Palm Beach holiday house by Bau Group is a sanctuary worth escaping to for its owners.
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Design Inspiration Outdoor
Resort-style living
This impressive family home built by SX Constructions on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast perfectly captures the laidback beachside lifestyle of its location.
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Inspiration Design
Coastal cool
Combining the popular Hampton style with the American farmhouse, this striking property by Custom Coast Homes oozes sophistication and charm, and has made a strong impression in its NSW seaside suburb.Photos: Andy Macpherson Studi...
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Awards Design Inspiration
Small changes, big impact
This beautifully designed accessible home by O’Shea and Sons Builders shows simple changes can make a big difference to the livability and functionality of home for all stages of life – or changes in circumstance.Photos: Shoot to ...
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Design Inspiration
Shedding the predictable
With strong bold lines and dark tones, this modern take on the backyard shed makes for an impressive secondary dwelling on a rural property south of Perth.Photos courtesy Nick Thake Photography
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Products and Innovation

Sense of Solar
Ask any Australian and they’ll tell you the sun shines brightly in our country. It simply makes sense to harness the Australian sun for long-term savings and comfort with renewable solar energy for your hot-water system.
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Management must haves
While you do the heavy lifting and make the hard decisions, having the right software solutions in place can help lighten the workload and take your business to the next level.
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On Trend August
HOUSING's top pick of innovative building products for August 2021
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Take it outside
Outdoor dining is more than just a four burner, an ice bucket and a plastic table – it is a communal environment made for entertaining year-round. HOUSING explores what makes this space great.
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Smarter, cleaner, greener
Product development in the building industry is continually advancing, with new options promising a heap of benefits, from improving occupant health to more affordable smart products. Here are a few finds that are in the research ...
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Sleek spouts
Highgrove Bathrooms has introduced its newest range of Ollie Tapware
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Slim and trim
Featuring a compact and efficient design, the new Daikin Inverter Ducted series is ideal for installation into tight roof spaces.
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From the ashes
You’ve heard of engineered stone and engineered timber, but have you heard of engineered rock? The scientifically tested material, developed in Australia by builder and architect Maroun Rahme, is decades in the making and a sustai...
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in focus

One voice: Taking a national position
Each year, HIA’s National Policy Congress meets to consider the major issues facing the residential building industry and to provide the Association with direction for its advocacy work.
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Regulations Safety Work Health and Safety (WHS)
Silica: Exposure in the spotlight
The re-emerging trend of workers contracting silica-related diseases continues to be a key workplace health and safety priority.
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Inspiration Sustainability Environment
Breaking ground
When the Suburban Land Agency wanted its latest display village to be built for the future, it turned to HIA for GreenSmart guidance.Image courtesy of SLA
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Energy efficiency Certification Sustainability
But wait theres more
Be up to date with the proposed NCC changes on energy efficiency stringency, condensation management in buildings and much more.
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Business and digital

Contracts Business records
Contracts and your clients
Contracts are the key to your project running smoothly. At HIA we hope these hints can help.
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Plugged in - LinkedIn
Often overlooked when it comes to social networking, LinkedIn is a powerful tool that can help you find prospective clients, build a thriving network and enhance brand visibility.
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Analyse this
In today’s world your digital presence is a key part of your ability to be seen and grow, but how do you get the most from your website? Google Analytics may just provide the answers, and HOUSING breaks down how to go about using ...
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Even the Score
Media coverage can be a powerful tool in getting your business’ name out there – marketing your brand without the hard sell while providing a reputation boost.
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People

Design Inspiration
Black book of secrets
Renowned for his daring designs, Sydney architect Scott Weston reveals inside tips to help builders, designers and craftspeople work together seamlessly. Photos: Nicholas Watt
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Design Inspiration
Dynamic duo
HIA’s new National President Alwyn Even and Vice-president Debbie Johnson are renowned for their business acumen but their passion for building.
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Design Inspiration
Wellbeing warrior
After overcoming mental illness and coping with the suicide of her plumber brother, this community nurse now supports and guides others who have mental health issues.
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Design Construction Innovation
Open and agile
HIA award-winning interior designer Jasmine McClelland is one to take new challenges, pursuing her creative flair all the way into a housing industry.
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Inspiration Human Relations (HR)
Disarming depression
When Jake's father died in a workplace accident, the tragic loss marked the beginning of his descent into despondency and depression. Jake shares his experience and inspirational journey to recovery.
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Residential
A cut above the rest
Monique Juratovac threw convention out the window when she signed up for a bricklaying apprenticeship. Despite the naysayers, she is determined to carve out her own path in the construction industry.
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Inspiration
Framing a future
Motivated, bright and hardworking, former HIA SA Apprentice of the Year Ashley Badcock, now booming business owner, is proof that diversity and opportunity lead to a bright future.
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Sustainability Environment
Green for the mainstream
How do you plan and build an affordable, water-wise, energy-efficient home? Environmental scientist and media professional Dr Josh Byrne has the right green guide to help.
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Construction Planning Inspiration
Master of illusion
How does a design professional go about creating a custom home with liveable solutions? For Robert Kirkovski of Rural Building Co, it’s all about flexible thinking to create a forever space.
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