Adapting to climate change: Australia’s Guide to Environmentally Sustainable Homes

2 April 2024

Key points

  • A home is built to last for many years and provides its occupants with a refuge from the climate. Designing for potential impacts from a changing climate is important.
  • If climate change is considered when a home is being designed or renovated, it is likely to remain comfortable and efficient for longer, and may be more cost-effective.
  • Potential climate change impacts will vary based on where you live. They may include higher temperatures, more frequent heatwaves, more storm events and (in many places) less rainfall. In coastal areas, impacts may also include sea level rise and increased storm surges.
  • When you are designing or renovating your home, consider potential climate change impacts likely to affect your area. Include design features that can cope with these impacts.

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