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Our current average house is compounding global overheating with excessive, long-lasting emissions. Lindsay Wood looks at how we could make our housing more climate friendly. 

Despite housing affordability being in crisis mode, construction prices soar at eye-watering rates; greenfield subdivisions continue to gobble up precious land, worsening resource depletion, emissions, and infrastructure issues. 

And while COVID-19 hasn’t prevented a crazy building boom, it has contributed to unprecedented bottlenecks in supply chains. 

Then there’s the invisible construction elephant in the room, the totally untenable carbon footprint of our present building practices. 

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