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There are specific features in a home that can significantly assist you in achieving a truly comfortable home; one which can easily and efficiently adapt to changes in climate.

The Secret of the Comfortable House

Create a home that people enjoy being in

All About Comfort

Each individual in a home will experience comfort in different ways, but there are some things that universally impact comfort: temperature, humidity, and air movement.

But beyond this very personal experience of comfort is the possibility of a truly comfortable home which serves everyone and which can easily and efficiently adapt to changes in climate. Sometimes called passive building design, there are seven specific features in a home that can significantly assist you in achieving this. Some of these property features are passive (they don’t require you to do anything) and some are active (they need you to make them work). Having these features in your home or incorporating these features into your renovation can give you more control over comfort and reduce your reliance on mechanical heating and cooling.

Achieving more comfort while reducing your running costs?… What a great idea!

There are seven elements of passive design: orientation of the living rooms to north for solar access is the starting point. The other six elements – spatial zoning, thermal mass, ventilation, insulation, shading and glazing – can then be used to create homes that require minimal active heating or cooling.

The Secret of a Comfortable Home

These two postcards show how some of the 17 Things™ come together in different climate zones to deliver the potential for reduced running costs and increased comfort.

For most of Australia

  • For heating climates: cities such as Canberra and Melbourne
  • For mixed climate: cities such as Sydney and Perth and Adelaide
  • For cooling climates (with a high day/night temperature range – hot dry summer, cool winter): such as Brisbane, Alice Springs, Bourke


For the Top End of Australia

  • For cooling climates (top end or tropical climates – hot humid summer, warm winter): such as Darwin, Broome and Cairns. This climate zone is more likely to experience wet seasons and dry seasons rather than winter and summer and the night temperatures will be very similar to the day temperatures.


The Centre for Liveability Real Estate always recommends you consult further with any relevant specialist design or building consultants or assessors before making any decision regarding your specific property based on the Liveability Property Marketing Features™.

The 17 Things

The 17 Things

The 17 Things™ are property features that have the potential to reduce running costs and increase comfort if used correctly. You can discuss incorporating these into your renovation with with your architect, building designer or builder. The real estate industry is now identifying these Liveability Property Features™at point of sale or rent through agents that have completed additional training as Liveability Real Estate Specialists.

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