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REIQ Journal : October 2008
INDUSTRY NEWS 9 Improving Sustainable Housing in Queensland: Discussion paper update As reported by REIQ managing director DanMolloy in the September edition of the REIQ Journal, the Institute has formally lodged an industry submission with Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure & Planning Paul Lucas regarding the discussion paper entitled Improving Sustainable Housing in Queensland. A further meeting with senior staff of Building Codes Queensland allowed an opportunity to raise industry concerns that had arisen in the course of broad consultation with REIQ members. The key points of REIQ submission were: The mandatory Sustainability Declaration Form raised numerous objections as to content, cost issues, specialist knowledge requirements and paper waste on an already complex contract process. Agents who nominated to complete the Sustainability Declaration Form raised arguments as to further training needs, increased legislative burden and possible litigation that may arise. Current building and pest inspections available to buyers could allow for inclusion of sustainability elements and features. Given the current predictions by the Queensland Government of population growth and future housing needs, any regulations or legislation must recognised the desire to reduce carbon emissions and acquire energy efficiency best practice. While the REIQ supports the principles of sustainable housing, the Institute will continue to engage with the industry and work collaboratively with government departments. The REIQ will advise members of recommendations and outcomes through future updates. There is light at the end of the tunnel. As a network driven by estate agents, we understand the need for simple, effective solutions. So, if you can fill in a form, you can work our websites. If you can tick a box, you can change their whole look. You don’t need to be an expert, or pay someone to do it for you! That’s our way of thinking. First National Real Estate makes technology choices simple so you don’t end up in therapy. We’ve developed systems for everyday people, and we can explain them to you in everyday language. Helping you to choose what’s right to drive your business forward is our expertise. We have everything you need. It’s really that simple. There is light at the end of the tunnel, but it needn’t be an oncoming train! Contact recruitment specialist, Greg Pratt, on 0413 624 308 REIQ Journal October 2008