With housing affordability being such a hot topic in Sydney, the Urban Taskforce undertook some research to see if the well-meaning amenity standards that determine apartment design are partly responsible for the high cost of Sydney apartments.

The average apartment in Sydney currently costs $711,256, while the Melbourne equivalent is $459,181 according to the Domain House Price Report. The difference of $250,000 is significant. This could be related to the different costs of land between the two cities or it could be related to the different standards…