The detailed design of dwellings should respond to the microclimate of the site and its locality (acknowledging both the different climatic regions of Queensland and the experience of the particular neighbourhood).
In ways that are consistent with other design principles, the climatic response should be reflected in characteristics such as the:
- the plan shape and orientation of the dwelling
- location of particular rooms
- materials used for construction
- location and shape of openings
- location of internal walls with respect to cross-ventilation
- roof form
- ceiling heights
- landscaping of adjacent ground to provide shading
- protection of openings against excessive solar access and rain penetration, and
This principle does not require that all housing face north/south if this is at odds with other design principles. It does require that the design respond creatively and thoughtfully to the climatic context.
Only in rare cases or particular regions may the housing rely significantly upon mechanically assisted climatic control.
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- climatic design is integral to the basic livability of the dwelling
- good design enhances the energy efficiency of the dwelling and hence affordability.
- climatically well-designed housing therefore contributes to the environmental sustainability of the overall community.