Residential buildings and length of roads give some rough guide to the level of materials stocked in Australia's anthroposphere. A significant amount of materials are stocked in residential buildings, with detached houses (76.7 per cent) being the most common dwelling types in Australia (ABS 1994b). Separate houses have a particularly high material intensity since most households have three bedrooms (48.7 per cent), garage one or two vehicles (72.9 per cent) and use brick as their outer wall materials (86 per cent) (ibid.).
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