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Sustainable House Designs Queensland

Humidity, heat and summer storms… Life in Queensland can be extreme on occasion and our homes are designed to keep us comfortable in even the toughest conditions. But how do we keep our homes sustainable as well and hopefully say goodbye to expensive utility bills without having to do without aircon? Metricon Homes at North Harbour has been creating homes to sustainable design guidelines for years and the team was happy to pass on some of their practical steps for sustainable house designs in Queensland

It’s much easier to design and build a well-insulated, efficiently-lit, correctly-orientated and efficiently-heated home from the outset, rather than attempting to improve it after you’ve built. Getting the right advice from an expert builder, like Metricon Homes New Build Advisors, about your local climate and geography, and designing your home accordingly, will pay dividends in the long run – allowing you to save energy, money and do your bit for the planet, too.


While some of these steps do increase upfront build costs, others are very affordable, and they will all both save you money on your power bills now, and impact the resale value of your home in the long term. Below are some of the key sustainable design principles to consider when you’re building your new home.



When Metricon Homes is creating an energy-efficient home, the team always looks at the orientation possibilities of your home on your block. North-facing aspects are popular for good reason and due to the seasonal movements of the sun they are the first thing to consider when we’re looking at sustainable design in the Brisbane area.

Metricon Homes Living Room

In winter, north-facing walls and windows receive the most sunlight, warming up your home. In the summer, your home’s east and west-facing walls get the most sun exposure, meaning north-facing windows will keep out the heat while still allowing plenty of light to enter your home. Choosing good design centred around the best orientation will make your home more comfortable to live in and cheaper to run.


Solar power

Harnessing the sun’s plentiful source of free, clean and renewable energy to supplement heating and solar hot water systems is not only affordable in the short term, it also saves money in the long term. There is a range of highly efficient solar power systems on the market which reduce your home’s carbon footprint as well as your energy bills. Keep an eye out for government rebates, offered at a federal and state level which are aimed at enabling more sustainable house designs to be built in Queensland. 



Talk to your Metricon Homes New Homes Advisor about ensuring airtightness is factored into selecting building materials for your home. Airtightness has a considerable impact on the energy efficiency of your home and proper air sealing of joints, windows, doors, air vents and ducts is vital, as this will significantly reduce energy use as well as both your heating and cooling costs in the long run. Getting this right at the build stage lowers energy costs, keeps internal temperatures consistent and reduces the hassle and additional cost of trying to fix it later.



A properly sealed home balances this airtightness with efficient ventilation to remove pollutants, odours and moisture, particularly if you rely on a heating system or air conditioner most of the year. There is a great range of solar and mechanical ventilation fan systems to choose from in your build to fit into your bathroom, toilet, kitchen and laundry. Consideration of air flow and cross ventilation through doors and windows in living rooms and bedrooms to take advantage of breezes should also be factored in.



Popular in the UK and colder climates, double-glazing is also gaining in popularity in Australia as opting for high-quality double-glazing in your build will help to boost the energy rating of your home. The sealed gap between the two (double) panes acts as a layer of insulation, reducing the amount of heat escaping during winter and keeping the cool in during summer, which results in a more comfortable home. That means less wastage inflating your bills, so you save money. If you do choose to insulate with double-glazed windows, you will also gain the added benefit of minimising noise, both going out and coming in from outside. 

kitchen and dining area


Energy-efficient lighting is the fastest way to go green and shrink your bills, with LEDs being by far the best choice. These type of lights last longer, use less energy and have lower running costs. Timers, dimmers and sensors all assist in keeping costs low, and there are also outdoor solutions with automatic daylight shut-off and motion sensors.



Insulation is the most cost-effective way to improve the energy efficiency and comfort of your home. We can minimise heat loss through walls, floors and ceilings with non-toxic foams, wool and even newspaper. You will save a tonne of money by opting for this at the planning and construction stage, so speak to your Metricon New Home Advisor for more advice on the right insulation for you.

For more advice on finding sustainable house designs in Queensland, talk to Metricon Homes at North Harbour. 


Find North Harbour

North Harbour’s Sales and Information Centre & Display Village is open seven days a week, 10am-5pm (please note we are closed from December 23rd 2021 to January 4th 2022). Located on the corner of Buckley Road and Fraser Drive, Burpengary East, the Display Village showcases beautiful display homes with sustainable design ideas from some of Australia’s best home builders such as Metricon Homes. To find out more about North Harbour’s parks and community facilities including our regular events, sign up for our email updates and find us on Facebook and Instagram (@northharbourliving). 

Stroud Homes Is Building Towards The Future With Sustainable Design in Brisbane

Building homes and the Natural Environment

Stroud Homes North Brisbane is a building company which is committed to building sustainable homes across Brisbane and has sustainable house designs suitable for the Queensland climate. With excellent choice of materials, and sustainable designs which maximise air flow, shade and cooling options to beat the heat, you can trust Stroud Homes to help you create your dream home. 


And, when you build with Stroud Homes Brisbane North you’ll also contribute to important reforestation projects planned for your area. For every house built with the Brisbane North team, they contribute 15 trees to a local reforestation project. They do this by partnering with forestry professionals to identify environmentally relevant projects and then fund planting of native forests. If you’d like to know more about this incredible project, please visit the Stroud Homes website


Wildflower 240 


Proudly sitting on a corner block in the current North Harbour Display Village is Stroud Homes Brisbane North’s Wildflower 240. With 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, great functionality and use of space, this stunning design suits the region and people of North Harbour perfectly, showcasing an excellent sustainable design for Brisbane. 


The warmth of the timber and dark stone highlighted on the front façade makes this design feel like home. The wide entry leads to an open plan living area with cornerless stacker doors—perfect for Queensland living, allowing air flow and providing indoor outdoor living. The design allows families to connect in a central area with a popular galley-style kitchen with walk-in-pantry, whilst also providing a media room and retreat for children to enjoy. The standout feature is the spacious master with adjoining ensuite which provides a private oasis to retreat to after a hard day’s work.

The Wildflower comes in a range of sizes starting at 190 square metres all the way up to 300 square metres. There are also seven façade designs to choose from—making this the perfect design for a variety of block sizes and budgets.


The feeling you get when you build with Stroud Homes!


A quality home is the result of highly experienced trades using tried and tested materials all brought together with expert project management. As Stroud Homes’ customers consistently put build quality at the top of their priorities when building a new home, it’s good to know that we consistently deliver homes that rank in the top 5% of build quality.


Jason Thistlethwait is a local Brisbane builder for Stroud Homes Brisbane North, who has been in the industry for 30 years. He has extensive experience in building everything from commercial and residential dwellings to home renovations and extensions.

Jason’s focus is on upholding the high standard of customer care and quality that Stroud Homes is known for. Delivering a final product his clients will be happy with for years to come is top of his priorities.


Stroud Homes puts your dream of refined and relaxed living in easy reach, with award-winning designs, leading local builders, seamless processes, and accessible luxury.


With Stroud Homes you get the best of both worlds. The backing of a strong family company with more than 30 years’ experience and investment in best-practice systems – with a build that is driven and delivered by highly skilled, local professionals who are with you every step of the way.


You’ll enjoy transparent, all-inclusive, black and white pricing – with value that reflects our commitment to putting long-lasting, distinctive style in reach of more clients.


Creating a home that you love is personal, so that’s the experience you’ll have with us. Customise features to suit your life, taste and family – and be genuinely surprised by how stress-free and enjoyable the process can be.


Aspect 244 – Coming soon to North Harbour’s Next Display Village!


The Aspect 244 is an exceptional home designed for today’s living. Enjoy the open plan raked ceiling living areas which flow out to a spacious alfresco, perfect for entertaining friends and family. 

The Aspect 244 features a large master bedroom with separate walk-in his and her robes, 3 large bedrooms along with a separate study nook and media room which creates a space for everyone in the family to enjoy.


So if you’re looking to build in North Brisbane and would like to talk to us, drop by the North Harbour Display Home at 12 Newton Street, Burpengary East or call (07) 1800 787 683.