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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). 

Discover Metricon Homes – Three Stunning Designs on Display

Metricon Homes has three designs showcased at North Harbour. Metricon is consistently voted one of Australia’s best builders and also offers terrace homes at North Harbour. For more information on Metricon at North Harbour, click here.  




The Grandview is a large, sweeping home whose name says it all. First impressions offer a dramatic entry hall with a view through to the open plan living area and stunning alfresco which offers a great sense of light and space. This design is architecturally dynamic with clear lines which are complemented by numerous clever details such as wall niches and recessed ceilings.   


To experience the Grandview online, click here.  



The Santorini

One of Metricon’s most popular designs, the Santorini is a fantastic step up in life. Bold lines, luxurious fixtures and fittings, and a real sense of this being your stunning forever home. If you have ever dreamed of a gleaming kitchen with an oh so convenient butler’s pantry, well, here it is, just waiting for you.   


The Santorini at North Harbour features the ever-popular Hamptons inspired, Yale façade and this Hamptons theme has been continued throughout home with its interior. Derived from the affluent classic seaside region of Long Island, Hamptons style creates a relaxed beach-side setting, with the sophisticated beauty and timeless elegance found in a luxurious seaside manor. Influences of 1920’s grace can be appreciated through the use of brass and art deco patterns which co-ordinate harmoniously with crisps white, cool neutral shades, greys and inky blues creating a light and airy colour palette.  

To experience the Santorini online, click here.  




With three living areas on the ground floor alone, this home has space for everyone all at once. Watch a movie in your own home theatre room, prepare a family feast in the grand designer kitchen, retreat to the private study for some time alone, or chill out upstairs in the huge master suite with his and hers walk-in robe area and luxurious ensuite. With additional leisure space on the first floor, a large family will never feel like they’re living in each other’s pockets in the Savannah.  


To experience the Savannah online, click here.  


All three display homes are open for you to explore every day from 10am to 5pm. If you would like to learn more about Metricon Homes for sale, click here to arrange your free consultation or call (07) 3151 2964 to reach a New Home Advisor located at the North Harbour Display Village.  



North Harbour Living 


North Harbour’s Sales and Information Centre and Display Village are open seven days a week, 10am-5pm, located on the corner of Buckley Road and Fraser Drive. To find out more about our land for sale and house and land packages in the Moreton Bay Region, visit our website. We also have a café, Havn, onsite which is open 6am-2pm Monday-Friday and 7am-3pm Saturdays and Sundays.  


If you’d like to research all of our Display Village builders and home designs before you visit, we have plenty of information about all the builders at North Harbour including contact details on our website. All of the display homes at North Harbour are included, with walk through online tours and an interactive map of the Display Village. Please click here to visit our Display Village website section which has comprehensive information about all our display homes. We do suggest calling ahead to avoid disappointment if you are keen to visit a particular display, as opening times may vary.   


Our 11 Display Village builders are:  


  • Bold Living, showcasing their designs the Sophia M and Athena 349. 
  • Burbank Homes has two homes on display at North Harbour, the Phoenix 321 and the Ciera 242. 
  • Coral Homes has three homes on display, the Hamptons inspired Lisbon 31, the Milan 27 and the Noosa 25 MKII.  
  • Hallmark Homes also has three home designs showcased with us, the Aspire 291, the Horizon 214 and the Edge 217. 
  • Homes by CMA has two homes to explore at North Harbour, the Endeavour V4 and the Hamilton V2.  
  • Metricon Homes has three homes on display in our Display Village, the Santorini 32, the double storey Savannah 40 and the Grandview 33. Metricon also has terrace homes for sale in our north Brisbane location, for more information click here.  
  • Pantha Homes has one design to view at North Harbour, the Carson 257. 
  • Oracle Platinum Homes: You can view two Oracle Platinum Homes at North Harbour, the double storey Montauk 317 and the Beach 296.  
  • Orbit Homes has one design to view, the Chevron 32. 
  • Stylemaster Homes has three homes to view at North Harbour, the Aurora 36, the double storey WRI 346 and the Maleny 35. 
  • Stroud Homes has one design showcased with us, the Wildflower 240. 


To learn more about North Harbour’s Display Village, click here.  


We endeavour to make the business of finding your dream house and land packages in Moreton Bay as easy as possible. You can view latest land releases, house and land packages and general information on our website, and as mentioned, walk through videos of all display homes at North Harbour are online here.  There is even more information about buying a new home at North Harbour through other online channels:  


  • YouTube Channel: We have over 100 videos online on our North Harbour YouTube Channel  
  • Blogs: We have over 200 informative blogs on our website  
  • Facebook: All our latest updates are posted on Facebook, Instagram and Google  


You can also contact us by phone, 07 5433 1111, or email . Our office is open 10am-5pm every day. And, if required, we can work through the buying process with you by phone, email and electronic document transfer.