Sustainable Home, Maximise Human Comfort

Far North Queensland, Australia

This affordable 9.5 star energy rated display home demonstrates ‘lifetime home’ principles where every aspect of the property was designed with sustainability in mind. Sophie Barrett from Green at Heart has done a wonderful job designing one of the highest energy-rated houses in Cairns to maximise human comfort in this tropical climate. The passive design elements that have been focused on to help maximise human comfort include the orientation of the house, shading, cross ventilation, open plan living and colour selection. Altair Louvre Windows have therefore been incorporated to assist with natural cross ventilation so the need for air conditioning is significantly reduced to keep the home at a comfortable temperature throughout the day. The four bedroom residential design was constructed with a $250,000 budget and incorporates Altair Louvres in an Easyscreen Frame with standard handles along with Breezway’s new Stronghold Window System to provide added strength and security. “Maximising natural air flow is crucial when designing cool homes for the tropics. We know that good quality Altair Louvres were the only option for this project.” Kent Hams (Director, Kenick Constructions) Project Date: September 2012 Building Designer – Sophie Barrett Green at Heart +61 7 4038 3558 Builder – Kent Hams/Rachel Whymark Kenick Constructions +61 7 4039 3333