The following links have been provided for general information. Check with appropriate authorities for advice on building regulations in your area.
You might also find some related information under Home Energy and Water with respect to integrating water and energy collection/storage/efficiency into the building design.
A joint initiative of the Commonwealth government and the design and construction industries
Hill End Ecohouse
Blog following the construction of a 6 Star energy rated sustainable house in inner Brisbane
An implementation of HIA's 'PATHE' (Partnership Advancing The Housing Environment) initiative (Australia)
Information related to sources of environmentally preferable materials in Australasia, ecodesign, sustainable architecture
Solar House Day
showcasing passive solar design (Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society)
Solar House Project
Bribie Island, SE Qld, Australia. Descriptions & pictures should be of interest to anyone building a similar home in this region
Arid Lands Newsletter
Office of Arid Land Studies, University of Arizona, USA. Explore the archives for many articles about desert architecture.
Dome Home Connection
An information source (including news and forum) for those interested in dome and geodesic buildings and related issues
Earth and Straw Bale
Straw bale and other sustainable building. Includes journal of a real-life project. Australian site.
Site includes technical information on timber for DIYers and professional builders
Non-wood forest products 10, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Discusses uses of various palm products around the world
Queensland Gardening Pages. Many links for those wishing to investigate this material
Landscaping to save energy
Using trees to save energy
College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources free publication, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA (PDF)