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.

Sustainability and Heritage Case Studies

Case Study 1: Brod Street's house

Brod Street's house is an inspiration to those who want to a renovate a heritage home and be environmentally sustainable.

This case study covers:

  • Recycling of original bricks
  • Roof top vegetable garden
  • Cooling & ventilation
  • Heat reflective paint
  • Photovoltaic panels
  • Solar heating - water
  • Rainwater tanks
  • Greywater

Case study 2: Goods Shed North, Docklands

The No.2 Goods Shed, formerly known as No.3 or 'A' Goods Shed, is the largest and most architecturally elaborate nineteenth century railway goods building in Victoria.

One of the few heritage buildings left in Docklands, the Goods Shed was derelict for over 30 years and became redundant in the 1980's, later being bisected by the Collins Street Drumcondra Houseextension which created the North and South side.

The refurbishment of the Goods Shed North presented an incredible opportunity to renew an integral part of Melbourne's history.

It is a 5 Star Green Star (for office design) heritage listed building with several sustainable features, including;

  • Underfloor displacement
  • Heating & cooling
  • Water efficiency
  • Recyclable materials
  • Dedicated bike storage, lockers and showers

It is home to the Building Commission and the Plumbing Industry Commission


Technical Notes on Heritage and Sustainability

Heritage Buildings and Energy Efficiency Regulations Feb 2009 (PDF, 268.9 KB)

Heritage Buildings and Sustainability F (PDF, 253.6 KB)