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The concept of a sustainable home is not new. The Queensland Workers’ Dwellings The State Advances Act of 1916, which provided grants to low income earners to erect suitable homes for themselves, offered some suggestions on how to build sustainable homes back then…

“…To assist applicants by providing a maximum of comfort and convenience in their homes consistent with their financial circumstances, the following suggestions are offered:

In the days before air-conditioners, this 1916 Act encapsulates environmental, economic and social principles of sustainable design by identifying ways to incorporate fundamental passive design principles to better suit the Queensland climate.

The old Queenslanders and Workers Cottages were homes that used orientation, ventilation, shading and building materials to make them naturally cooler in summer and warmer in winter.

Last updated August 2006

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Department of Public Works
Illuminating Engineering Society
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Planning Institute of Australia
Queensland Master Builders Association
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