Various guidelines are adjusted and strengthened for design elements such as sunlight access, overshadowing, privacy and private open space.
Adjustments have been made to the minimum area and dimensions of private open space, and clarifications provided for ‘principal’ private open space requirements. Illustrations are included to assist. The revised private open space guidelines complement the new guidelines for minimum landscaped areas.
Guidance is included for climate-management for west-facing habitable rooms where architectural elements are to be used (e.g. extended eaves, verandahs, shutters or awnings), and potentially complemented by landscaping, to help reduce heat gain and improve thermal performance and comfort.