Of course, engage an architect – give us a call!
But if you aren’t ready for that step, for general background try Your Home (a general guide to passive design published by the Australian Government.)
There are different resources to help calculate sun angles for orientation of buildings and designs of roof and shades. They can be helpful to varying degrees in understanding the broad principles. But remember that the needs change depending on the site location, topography and design.
In our own industry, homelessness is a big and important issue. It is driven by a mix of social, health and other factors. But from the Building Industry is driven by a shortage of affordable housing in suitable locations. One Australian scheme aiming to close the gap between affordable housing supply and demand provides a 0.1% donation to an affordable housing fund for the sale of every property signed up to the scheme. This appears to be an affordable way for those who benefit from our building industry (developers, builders, those selling property) and those who can afford to purchase property: to help those who cannot afford property – for more info or to sign up your own property go to: www.homesforhomes.com.au
We all waste too much food. Reduce waste. Compost it at home. If you run a business, it can go somewhere: http://www.ozharvest.org/
The photography on this website (and the website itself) is primarily by Ravel, based in Burleigh Heads and Brisbane
Others (where credited):
Some limited photographs were taken by us. (The difference highlights the benefits of a photographer.)
Reach out to someone near to you. Be kind to each other. This is relevant to someone you know.