a general rule, the design of housing in tropical Australia is often unsuitable
for the place in which we live and the time in which we live.
you drive around the newer residential areas of Cairns, for example, you will
notice that many houses have roofs that are often dark in colour and these roofs
are sometimes full of items that, although necessary in today's society, clutter
up the look of many of the houses. The guttering of these buildings has no slope
for the rainwater to flow quickly and, to add insult to injury, many of these
houses are wrapped all around with the ubiquitous aluminium sliding window, hidden
behind security screens.
is a discussion of the various issues involved in housing for tropical Australia
such as the placement of photovoltaic panels, window function, ventilation, and
house design - especially the shape of the roof.
Note that at the end
of each section there is a link to the next section.