By Cairns Regional Council
Getting the design right is essential in our tropical climate. If your home is not designed for the climate you run the risk of having a hot home that is expensive to keep cool, particularly over the long hot summer. This user friendly guide has been prepared to help you work with your architect, designer or builder to incorporate tropical design features into your home from the contemporary block home to the popular "Queenslander"
By Cairns Regional Council
Describes in words, pictures and diagrams the tropical style that is the desired design direction for the City of Cairns.
By The Old Douglas Shire Planning Scheme
The intent was to specify and illustrate the architectural elements and building design features considered appropriate for residential, commercial and tourist developments in the Shire.
By Studio Mango
This guide covers the principals of good design for the tropics. It is written by James Maude, a registered Architect and a Director of Studio Mango Architects. He has worked in Cairns for 17 years and has extensive experience in tropical design and energy efficient homes. He has won the Cairns Affordable Housing and Small Lot Home design competitions, and his design for Studio 197 was FNQ House of the Year in 2009.
By Townsville City Council
The Sustainable Housing Information Kit consists of six guides that consider the various aspects of a home design including orientation, harnessing cooling breezes, shading out the heat, landscaping, materials and enhancing outdoor living. There is information on Townsville's location and climate including prevailing breeze direction and sun angles.
By Cairns Regional Council
To assist in meeting the requirements of the Sustainable Building Design Policy when designing, constructing and renovating Council buildings. These guidelines are also intended as a general reference guide for sustainable design and construction of commercial buildings in the tropics. It includes a Policy and Checklist.
By Australian Government: Department of Industry
Australia’s Guide to Environmentally Sustainable Homes.
By Australian Building Codes Board
A practical application for dwellings that take account of passive design principles. Climate responsive designs take account of passive design principles with the intention of minimising the need for artificial cooling. Free-running designs require no artificial heating or cooling. Free-running designs rely entirely on passive design features. Hybrid designs include a combination of free-running and conditioned spaces. These designs are popular in northern Australian climates.
By Suncorp with JCU Cyclone Testing Station, Urbis & Green Cross
Cyclones are a fact of life for residents of north Queensland and Suncorp has been helping the Community manage for almost a Century. On average, we know that cyclones will cost $632 million per year, and that this can only increase into the future. We must do a better job of protecting the community from this hazard. The risk to people’s homes, their mental health and the local economy is too high.
By Produced by Queensland Reconstruction Authority
The main objectives of the Guideline are to:
By Queensland Reconstruction Authority
This guideline is intended to:
By JCU Cyclone Testing Station
This Homeowner's Guide has been prepared for the homeowner to create awareness of cyclones and their effect on houses. A maintenance checklist is included that highlights issues that you may need to address to ensure your house is in good condition in readiness for the cyclone season.
By Sophie Barrett of Green at Heart and published by the Cairns and Far North Environment Centre
The guide has been compiled with the advice and expertise of local designers, builders, installers and suppliers of energy efficient products in our region through the Tropical Green Building Network (TGBN) to provide everyday householders with specific ideas on how to retrofit their homes for sustainability in the tropics.
By Your Home : Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency
An Independent Guide to improving your home. Whether you're planning a major renovation or just upgrading your bathroom, this guide will help you get the most out of the process.
You'll find helpful advice on creating a renovation that meets all your needs and provides the best value for money, now and for a long time to come.
By Stockland North Shore, Townsville
A guide to help you make sense of sustainability, from the time you make your land purchase until you turn on the lights in your new home. More and more Townsville residents are embracing sustainability into their lifestyles.
By Investa Property Group, Defense Housing Australia, the Institute of Sustainable Futures and the University of Technology Sydney.
The Top End and tropics are an iconic part of Australia, known for their relaxed lifestyle, diverse natural beauty and distinctive wet and dry seasons. This Guide is for homebuyers and takes you step by step through the unique considerations you’ll face when choosing a home in this region.
By the Australian Building Codes Board
Condensation is an event which reveals the presence of water vapour in the atmosphere. When the resulting condensate is unable to dry as readily as it forms, it can accumulate to cause problematical wetting in buildings. This Handbook discusses that risk in some detail but also emphasises the overriding goal of keeping buildings dry.
By the Brisbane City Council in conjunction with AIRAH
Buying and installing the right air conditioning system for your home can save you money and reduce noise pollution.