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Spring Hill "Enviro-Cottage"

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Sustainable Home Spring Hill “Enviro-Cottage”


32 Isaac Street, Spring Hill

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Saturday, 9 October, 10am to 4pm
Saturday, 13 November, 10am to 4pm
Saturday, 4 December, 10am to 4 pm

Project summary

Sustainable Home the Spring Hill "Enviro-Cottage" is a new project that has been endorsed by the Smart and Sustainable Homes program. This project is the renovation of an existing Queensland early 1900's worker's cottage. The objective is to turn one of Brisbane's oldest traditional residential properties into a showcase of sustainable development and environmentally friendly living.

This project seeks to demonstrate sustainable development and sustainable living ideas, solution and options which can be employed by anyone renovating existing housing stock, even when challenged with the many constraints facing such renovations including council building codes, existing dwelling condition and design, and smaller block sizes.

The design allows for flexibility in household size and make-up. It contains a range of sustainable design features, including:


Situated in historic Spring Hill, the Spring Hill "Enviro-Cottage" will be a beacon for sustainable housing of a refurbished rather than new residence typology. Dealing with existing conditions and constraints on a tight inner city residential block measuring only 10 x 30 metres, the replanning, refurbishment and extension of this early 1900 worker's cottage will re-engineer the house to accommodate 21st century and sustainable living requirements. The bespoke refurbishment also aims to preserve the historic nature of Spring Hill, the local neighbourhood and the streetscape for future generations, by maintaining the integrity of the original cottage whilst invigorating it with contemporary ideals. It is hoped that this residence will guide future sustainable refurbishments in the local area and across the wider Brisbane and Queensland geography.

Key Facts


3-bathrooms plus laundry in garage


4 bedrooms/study

Local Council

Brisbane City Council

Climate Zone

Sub-Tropical - Climate Zone 2


Brian Steendyk Architect


Edsel W Ford

Project Coordinator

Phil Angus (Pro Tem Consultancy Services)

Consultant partners

Landscape architect - Brian Steendyk
Structural engineer - Crichton Engineering Pty Ltd
Hydraulics consultant - TBA

Major Sponsors


Commence: May 2008
Completed: TBA

Lot Size

Land: 304m

House Size

265 m2

Land cost

Approx. $500k

Construction cost


Key Goals and Objective


Project Objectives

Design Objectives

Materials Objectives

Minimise or eliminate emissions during use and manufacture

Sustainable Design features

General Passive Design Aspects

The Project plans to make use of the reallocation of land to the rear of the "Enviro-Cottage", which allows the opportunity to build a rear pavilion rather than simply extending the existing dwelling. This strategy reduces the existing building depth and allows for the penetration of northern sun into the central private courtyard located between the existing dwelling and the new pavilion. The rear of the existing residence will also be redesigned to incorporate a double height space that, with the use of external sun louvers to the glass roof, will allow northern light to penetrate the rear space as well as the internal courtyard. The western aspects are protected from the afternoon sun by use of fencing, masonry, no glazing, and perforated feature metal sheeting. This broad design concept (cut and separate, rather than simply lift and extend) maximises the passive solar function and efficiency of the entire dwelling, particularly the new living spaces.

Social Sustainability

Environmental Sustainability

Economic Sustainability

Related links

The Spring Hill “Enviro-Cottage” website is at

Last updated October 2010

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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