Heritage Places and Sustainability

We believe conserving heritage places makes an important contribution to environmental, social and economic sustainability. We also encourage innovative solutions to reducing environmental impacts and improving energy efficiency, particularly in heritage houses.

These seven guidance sheets examine heritage house styles typically found in Victoria: from Victorian brick terraces to Californian bungalows and contemporary houses.

The sheets identify heritage features of the selected building types, and the costs and savings of interventions such as ceiling insulation, underfloor insulation, thermal curtains and draught sealing.

These were created from a study by RMIT University for the:

  • Heritage Council of Victoria
  • Building Commission
  • Office of the Victorian Government Architect
  • the former Department of Planning and Community Development
  • the former Department of Sustainability and Environment.

Guidance Sheet: Introduction (PDF 674 KB)
Guidance Sheet 1: Contemporary houses (PDF 704 KB)
Guidance Sheet 2: 1970s houses (PDF 699 KB)
Guidance Sheet 3: Postwar houses (PDF 623 KB)
Guidance Sheet 4: Bungalows (PDF 698 KB)
Guidance Sheet 5: Interwar houses (PDF 737 KB)
Guidance Sheet 6: Edwardian houses (PDF 719 KB)
Guidance Sheet 7: Victorian houses (PDF 579 KB)