How to select an architect?
Architects Code of Conduct:
Architects in Australia are governed by a Code of Conduct. This forms part of your agreement with your architect.
You can see the Code of Conduct here, for:
The photography on this website is primarily taken by Fotomedia, based in Burleigh Heads and Brisbane
Others (where credited) for the
- Burleigh heads renovation are by Blasius Erlinger (Portrait and travel photography)
- Slow Architecture house are by Alex Hunt Photography (photography and graphic design services)
Some limited photographs were taken by us.
(The difference highlights the benefits of a photographer.)
Sustainability – in Design and Life
Sustainable Design (General Guide)
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.
- sun angle diagram
- a simplified shading diagram on a north facing wall. (from the referenced website)
How do We Recycle or Help others in our Industry?
This section is to be expanded over time.
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
War on Waste
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/
How many old mobile phones do you have sitting in a drawer? How many have you put in the bin, unsure where to send them? Find out where to put them – https://www.mobilemuster.com.au
Buy products which aren’t wrapped in plastic. Refuse the packaging.
Yes yes, but what goes in our yellow lid recycling bin we hear you ask?
Well… on the Gold Coast
- for general recycling try here
- for a list you can print and put on your your wheelie bin, or fridge: try here http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/documents/bf/what-can-I-recycle.pdf
To see more on this topic, watch the ABC series “War on Waste” which looks at this issue over a wide range of areas. #waronwaste
But More Importantly… Life.
If you are struggling with life, or are close to someone who is:
There is help available, including at
Reach out to someone near to you. Be kind to each other. This is relevant to someone you know.
If you can afford to support those who do need help, but are unsure where to start,
Support a charity including: