Queensland Government Reports have predicted significant population growth for Southeast Queensland over the next 20 years. Typically, rapid increases in population are coupled with an amplification of energy consumption, water consumption, household and building waste creation and destruction of the local ecology. Sustainable housing must be sought to accommodate the new residents if their impact on the environment is to be minimized.
The questions raised in this dissertation are: Does an ideal prototype currently exist in Brisbane that could be used as a template for future ecohouse design? What measures are required to promote the ideals of sustainable housing in Southeast Queensland? A survey of five Brisbane dwellings which claim to possess characteristics designed to reduce their impact on natural resource consumption and the local environment was undertaken. The strategies (and ultimately the validity) of each design was tested against a standardized set of assessment criteria provided by the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA).
This thesis is of significance to local governing authorities, architects, home designers, home owners and individuals concerned with creating a sustainable future through residential design. Because sustainable technologies, design and construction must form part of the future of domestic habitation in Australia, sustainable living must be a priority of the present not an issue for the future.