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Sustainable housing

Given that between 35,000 to 40,000 new dwellings per year have been built in Queensland during recent times, it is important to get sustainability incorporated into the initial design of our built environments, rather than undertake costly renovations/retrofits later on. Designing or constructing your home to perform more sustainably - be water, energy and waste efficient, accessible, safe and secure and cost-effective to operate - to meet your housing needs now and into the future can provide you with greater comfort and lifestyle opportunities, as well as on-going financial savings.

A range of information on sustainable housing is presented below whether you are buying or building a new house or renovating/retro-fitting an existing home.


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Expert design advice

Both architects and building designers (previously known as 'draftsman') can provide you with sustainable housing design advice through the following services:

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Rebates/financial incentives

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Education and research

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Last updated February 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