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TUDLab Research Projects Tropical Sustainable Design Case Studies

Tropical Sustainable Design Case Studies

The need for tropical sustainable buildings in our city and region is stronger now than ever. These building types use resources more efficiently, are more climate-responsive and deliver new technology using world’s best practice. With the estimated three billion people living in tropical regions set to double by the end of the century, tropical Australia is uniquely placed to take full advantage of this niche opportunity and tropical sustainable design represents a significant emerging industry that can create opportunities for innovative solutions and the expansion of the tropical design and construction industries.

The Case Study Project is a joint initiative of the Tropical Green Building Network (TGBN) and James Cook University (JCU) and aims to capture and share the knowledge and best practice tropical expertise in our built environment. The Case Studies record key features of selected sustainable/green/tropically adapted building projects in the Cairns and Far North Queensland (FNQ) region. Many of the projects already have green star ratings from various sources. Other projects are well adapted to our tropical environment yet are difficult to rate using criteria typically based on temperate models. The Project aims to consolidate knowledge and augment our understanding of those features that are tailored to deliver success in our tropical environment.


For more information about the Tropical Sustainable Design Case Studies, or if you would like to submit a case study for consideration, please contact either:

Emma Thirkell: Phone +61-7-40531274 Email:

Lisa Law: Phone: +61-7-4232-1389 Email:

If you would like to submit a case study for consideration please Contact Us.