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The Sustainable Homes program is providing communities throughout Queensland with display homes which incorporate principles of sustainable design and performance. The homes are unique because they provide practical examples within their regional climatic context of dwellings that aim to meet the triple bottom line concept of sustainability i.e. environmental, social and economic sustainability.

Governments and industry are partnering to design, build and promote the features and benefits of sustainable housing across the state. In a national first, the Sustainable Homes program is a Queensland legacy of the Year of the Built Environment (YBE 2004) - a year that highlighted the need for our built environments to become more sustainable through improved design and function.

As part of the statewide program, local project teams are designing, building and promoting their display homes using the Department of Housing's Smart Housing Design Objectives as minimum design criteria. By applying these objectives, project teams are better able to interpret their application relevant to their context. Visitors are then able to experience a 'sustainable home' and realise that it looks like a normal home – it just performs better.

The program boasts design and building for the 21st Century. These demonstration homes will reinforce how a sustainable house allows occupants to move around the home more easily, feel safer, save money on operation and maintenance costs, whilst reducing their environmental impacts and better plan for our ageing population. It leads us all to think about the footprint we leave on our communities, and how our actions and decisions today will affect our own children and future generations. By applying sustainable design principles, we can all work towards the creation of more sustainable communities.

As of mid-2006, 30 local projects throughout Queensland are actively participating in the Sustainable Homes program. Each demonstration house that is built is identified by the Sustainable Home title that precedes its locality e.g. Sustainable Home Toowoomba, Sustainable Home Brisbane etc.

The display homes will be open to the public for a minimum of six months. After their display period, the homes will be sold.

We trust that you will enjoy visiting one of our Sustainable Home display houses, and find the program a valuable resource for adopting sustainable design features into your home.

Last updated July 2007

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Department of Public Works
Illuminating Engineering Society
Australian Green Development Forum
Bendigo Bank
Housing Industry Association
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Urban Development Institute of Australia        Australian Institute of Architects
Planning Institute of Australia
Queensland Master Builders Association
Queensland Government