Smart house concept looks for local backers
By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.com.au
AN ENVIRONMENTALLY friendly display house is a smart idea, but Gladstone City Council is not ready for it yet.
Council's environmental services director Brent McAlister said the 'smart house' would not happen this year but council was still keen to go ahead with it some time in the future. The display house project is a state government initiative to demonstrate local so-lutions to sustainability
When considered in Gladstone in August last year, the project depended on feasibilities and costings.
'But it will not happen this year,' he said.
'We will put it in a future budget and look for partners ? perhaps a builder or a developer ? who could join us in this project.' Mr McAlister said council had a possible choice of sites at Sutherland Heights for a sustainable house.
Council's original intention was to build the house and put it on display for some time after which it would decide what to do with it. This included its possible sale with any profit to go to council.
The state government has claimed the 'smart house' built in Rockhampton in late 2001, then from April 2002 used as a family home, had been successful in collecting data which was assessed by Central Queensland University.
This related to how the house's design principles and materials helped reduce energy, conserved water and improved air quality through better ventilation.