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Urban Planners Queensland

News February – Urban Planning News

This is why your Queenslander feels like an oven in summer

The cheap and light design of Queenslanders completely expose them to the sun’s heat unlike more modern home designs. Queenslanders are often terribly positioned on blocks, meaning they don’t catch a breeze. Many new iterations have potential to take advantage of modern techniques. Brisbane City Council has character home guidelines but they don’t prevent adding insulation or rehanging doors to lessen the need for air conditioning in homes.

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Greens Councillor calls for ban on flood prone Brisbane development

The Greens are suggesting inner-city flood plain should be converted to parkland, banning private development. This would include park lands and community space along the stretch of riverfront land along Montague Road and inner-city suburbs (West End, New fFrm, Teneriffe) banned from further development.

READ MORE AT THE BRISBANE TIMES

A window into the design & build of a world first subtropical Passive House. Right here in Brisbane.

This passive house is located in Auchenflower. Passive house principles create many benefits, such as clean and filtered air, natural heating and cooling, noise reduction.

READ MORE AT HARLEY WESTON’S LINKEDIN

Warning over 'heat island' effect in cities as tree coverage declines

Data has shown that canopy coverage has decreased across Australia. Though it’s proven that more trees and green roofs in urban spaces can reduce surface temperatures by 40%.

Urban designers are demanding for an increase in city greenery. Calling to be supported by a Government introduction of incentive schemes to encourage residents to utilise more greenery in their designs.

READ MORE AT ABC NEWS