How to design the 'coolest' home for Sunshine Coast lifestyle

Easy methods to design the ‘coolest’ residence for Sunshine Coast life-style

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Sunshine Coast Council is encouraging individuals to implement housing design tips that embrace our sub-tropical life-style and assist maintain issues ‘cool’.

The council has developed a Cool Properties booklet and sensible cellphone compass to assist individuals perceive our native local weather and the way the solar in winter and summer season impacts the liveability of houses.

Mayor Mark Jamieson mentioned it was about defending and enhancing our stunning area and dwelling in a manner that didn’t compromise what all of us love a lot.

“On the Sunshine Coast, we’re transferring towards a low carbon, power and useful resource environment friendly lifestyle and it’s necessary to take care of and improve the approach to life we treasure,” Mayor Jamieson mentioned.

“Council is setting the tempo, with a goal to turn out to be a zero-net emissions organisation and for the neighborhood to be low carbon by 2041.

“This undertaking follows on from the massively profitable Sunshine Coast Design e book which launched in 2020 and has set an necessary design imaginative and prescient for our area.

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“Within the final yr we’ve seen our area develop and turn out to be residence to new households and residents from many alternative components of Australia which has had a circulation on have an effect on to our housing and building markets.

“If you happen to’re shopping for, constructing or renovating I encourage you to learn the brand new Cool Properties for the Sunshine Coast booklet, to make sure your private home takes benefit of our local weather, a house that doesn’t want air-con operating all summer season and heating all winter.”

The Hodgson household’s redesign options within the Cool Properties booklet.

Sunshine Coast architect and home-owner Laura Hodgson mentioned her household’s lately renovated residence in Currimundi carried out the seven design tips featured within the booklet.

“Our residence has been featured within the Cool Properties booklet and my husband Chris and I wished to rework our modest seashore shack into a house that labored with our stunning local weather and embrace the Sunshine Coast life-style,” Mrs Hodgson mentioned.

“The unique residence was a easy field with no direct connection to the entrance or rear yard and the location was a clean canvas for landscaping with a great deal of potential. We initially began by landscaping the yard with native coastal species and a big shade tree within the again yard to assist cool the location.

“We opened up our small dwelling house by creating an outside leisure space that opens to the north and seamlessly merges with the indoor dwelling house with giant sliding doorways; these work properly in winter as they let the sunshine by and in summer season, we get an excellent pure breeze flowing by the home.

“Once we bought the house, we love that the kitchen was east-facing so it fills with the winter morning solar and the bedrooms are on the south aspect so keep cooler in summer season.

“The houses north south orientation was a deciding issue for us once we purchased our residence and being within the know we had assessed this prior to buying. The compass will certainly come in useful to anybody seeking to purchase or renovate.

“I believe it’s nice these design instruments can be found free to the neighborhood. They can assist our newcomers develop a guidelines of concepts to take to an open home inspection once they’re seeking to purchase a brand new residence.

“It may be daunting not realizing the place to start out and the booklet and compass are nice beginning factors to assist individuals speak to a builder or designer about making their residence extra comfy, wholesome and extra reasonably priced to dwell in with out the price of excessive electrical energy payments.

“For my household, these renovations have turned our seashore shack into one thing extra comfy and positively extra habitable for our fabulous local weather.”

Sunshine Coast Council’s Liveability and Pure Belongings Portfolio Councillor Peter Cox mentioned he was thrilled to see initiatives similar to this come to life to assist our neighborhood make sensible design choices.

“There’s no denying we have now had a scorching and humid summer season and proper now we’re within the midst of a light and funky winter,” Cr Cox mentioned.

“We even have the power to take pleasure in an indoor and outside life-style – particularly if we have now a house designed to profit from our climate.

“Dwelling on the Sunshine Coast, is in fact, very totally different to dwelling down south and there’s a lot we are able to do to make our houses extra comfy for the hotter and extra humid situations.

“This new booklet and cellphone compass can assist individuals perceive the place to place their rooms, the best way to let gentle in to heat or illuminate their residence, the best way to let breezes by, which constructing supplies to contemplate, the place to place shade and the worth of gardens to assist cool our residence.

“The booklet is full with nice tips and concepts and the compass is quickly accessible on a sensible cellphone to find out about orientation and the most effective location for various rooms.

“However these cool instruments will not be only for these shopping for or constructing or for the helpful renovators – they will additionally assist our enterprise neighborhood, together with actual property brokers, builders, architects, landscapers and designers.

“I’m wanting ahead to seeing our neighborhood pondering extra sustainably. It’s one other step in the appropriate path to changing into Australia’s most sustainable area – Wholesome. Good. Inventive.”

The brand new instructional design instruments can be found on council’s web site by looking out ‘Cool Properties’:

Decide-up a hardcopy booklet from Sunshine Coast Libraries and Buyer Contact counters and scan the QR code on the again of the booklet to entry the compass in your sensible cellphone.

Seven design tips to remain cool:

  • Take into account the situation of your rooms
  • Create and merge indoor and outside dwelling areas
  • Let breezes in
  • Use daylight to light up and heat your private home
  • Select the appropriate constructing supplies
  • Create shade
  • Embody gardens and bushes

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