Feel at home in the trop­ics

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the house for nat­u­ral air­flow, and build­ing houses too close to­gether or with high fences also cuts the home’s ven­ti­la­tion.”

She said large roof over­hangs which shaded house walls, plenty of ceil­ing fans and in­su­la­tion, es­pe­cially in block work homes, could be over­looked but were vi­tal to en­sur­ing a cli­mate-con­trolled home in the Far North.

“Lou­vres also give you the big­gest per­cent­age of open­ing, and smart land­scap­ing doesn’t add to your heat load at all and pro­vides both shade and pri­vacy for the house.”

“My best t i p to peo­ple i s al­ways to try and keep your airconditioning foot­print as small as pos­si­ble and cre­ate a big ve­randa space that’s as shaded as pos­si­ble.”

She en­cour­aged those build­ing in the trop­ics to take a leaf out of the books of home builders in Dar­win and Sin­ga­pore rather than trans­plant­ing home de­signs from south­ern cap­i­tals to Cairns.

She said Dar­win’s town plan stip­u­lated pro­vi­sion of large bal­conies on new homes, while Sin­ga­porean de­signs in­volved ver­ti­cal green­ing (plant­ing up the ex­te­rior of build­ing walls) and rooftop gar­dens.

“From what I can tell Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil seems to be trend­ing to­wards build­ing skin­nier build­ings in­cor­po­rat­ing a lot more ver­ti­cal green­ing in their up­dated town plan, so that’s the way Cairns seems to be go­ing too,” she said.

She said those seek­ing to buy rather than build should choose sub­urbs or sub­di­vi­sions that nur­ture their green spa­ces and pro­vide foot­paths and cy­cle­ways.

Houses in older sub­urbs with es­tab­lished greens were her pick when aim­ing for a larger lot but she said some new de­vel­op­ments, in­clud­ing Ar­gen­tea at Palm Cove, also had strict con­di­tions to en­sure the es­tate was built with the trop­i­cal cli­mate and green spa­ces in mind.

Ms Jung is one of five pre­sen­ters ap­pear­ing next Thurs­day, Au­gust 6, at De­signed in Cairns: Women in De­sign in the Trop­ics. It is an ini­tia­tive of the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tects FNQ Re­gional Mem­bers Com­mit­tee held in con­junc­tion with James Cook Univer­sity’s Cairns In­sti­tute.

The free event presents a fo­rum of ideas and ex­pe­ri­ences from women in ar­chi­tec­ture, ur­ban de­sign, plan­ning and en­vi­ron­ment, in­te­ri­ors and com­mu­ni­ca­tion from the Cairns re­gion, and in­volves pre­sen­ta­tions from each speaker plus a Q & A ses­sion.

The event will be at The Cairns In­sti­tute’s main lec­ture theatre from 5.30-7.30pm. Register through the Events page at https://alumni.jcu.edu.au.

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