Smart and Sustainable Homes: Design Objectives

design objectivesThe Queensland Department of Public Works' Smart and Sustainable Homes: Design Objectives offers a "triple bottom line" design approach for designing sustainable homes. This three-tiered plan focuses on the economical, environmental and social implications of design with the social tier taking a look at safe and secure universal design.

The Design Objectives booklet explores human comfort, human health, and sense of community in addition to Universal Design in its social sustainability objective. These categories focus on natural lighting and ventilation, ease of operation of fixtures and fittings, minimizing the possibility of falls and injury (i.e. threshold design), and promoting neighborhood interaction. The booklet includes several colorful diagrams to help designers easily implement the outlined objects, as well as rebate and incentive references for Australian residents, and a list of similar resources for readers to peruse.

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