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Sustainable homes are an important focus for government and industry in Australia, both in terms of the built environment generally but also because they are closely connected to issues about energy efficiency.

The idea behind sustainable building is straightforward: buildings should be designed to minimise their environmental impact during construction, while maximising material use efficiency.

 

The Brisbane City Council has implemented several initiatives to improve the quality of homes in the area, following the release of a four-year report on how regional councils are working together to influence sustainable building.

With more than half of Australia’s population expected to live in cities by 2050, ensuring efficient infrastructure is an important economic concern for many state governments. With this in mind, the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) has partnered with the federal government to undertake a four year report on sustainable homes.

With more than half of Australia’s population expected to live in cities by 2050, ensuring efficient infrastructure is an important economic concern for many state governments. With this in mind, the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) has partnered with the federal government to undertake a four year report on sustainable homes in Brisbane.

 

The first stage of the project involved identifying best practice techniques, which have been detailed in a guide for regional councils. The second phase is underway, and will see each council implement these initiatives to improve the quality of their regions’ housing.

Brisbane City Council recently released its findings, which include the development of a Sustainable Building Policy. According to sustainable housing commissioner Cr Adrian Schrinner, this policy is intended to provide clarity on how the council will meet future challenges in relation to sustainable building design and construction.

 

The policy sets out clear guidelines for state government agencies to follow when submitting proposals to the council. It also outlines how private sector stakeholders can meet eco-friendly requirements when proposing new projects, and promotes education and research into green strategies.