• Site Assessment & Feasibility
  • Review Section 32, title and planning controls to determine the appropriate type of development for the subject site.


  • Custom Concept Design 
  • Planning and Development Drawings
  • 3D images
  • Town Planning Submissions and Management of the application.
  • Consultant Engagement and Administration


  • Custom Concept Design
  • Working Drawings
  • Construction Documentation
  • Interior Design and Documentation
  • Consultant Engagement and Administration (soil report, drainage and structural design, etc)
  • Building Permit Administration and Management


  • Request competitive tenders from our panel of building partners.
  • Respond to enquiries from tenders.
  • Request tender recommendations.
  • Undertake Contract Administration.


The Livable Housing Guidelines which have been developed by industry and the community provide assurance that a home is easier to access, navigate and live in, as well more cost effective to adapt when life’s circumstances change.

Families with young children benefit from Livable Homes that make it easier to manoeuvre prams and strollers and remove trip hazards for toddlers. Moving furniture into and around a Livable Home is easy with wider doors and corridors.

People who sustain a temporary injury benefit from Livable Homes due to the easy to operate door handles and the step free pathway to all key areas of the home.

Ageing baby boomers who are looking to move or renovate their existing homes will benefit from Livable Homes. As their physical abilities change with age, this growing segment of the Australian property market will appreciate the simple changes to design that make their lives easier and safer. Visiting children and grand children will also be safer in their Livable Home.

People with a disability and their families will benefit from Livable Homes that enable them to take advantage of better housing choices and gives them the opportunity to visit the homes of friends and relatives.

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JKBD are accredited Livable Housing Design Assessors.


Over long periods of time, by trial and error, vernacular building solutions (buildings based on local conditions) evolved, and they all contain elements of sustainable design. We build today for more or less the reason we have always built — to make safe, healthy shelters that protect us from the elements and keep us comfortable. However, cheap accessible fossil energy sources and the proliferation of technology and new materials have encouraged us to solve building problems differently in recent times. Unfortunately, some of these methods may be compromising the ability of our planet to sustain us in the long or even medium term. The new challenge is to use our technology to minimise environmental impact, while continuing to improve the comfort and performance of the homes we create.

A great majority of Australians currently live in homes that work against the climate, not with it. These homes are too cold or too hot, waste energy and are comparatively expensive to run. Most homes use far more water than necessary, and can be made of materials that damage our health and the environment. Using good design principles can save energy, water and money, while creating a more enjoyable and comfortable home.

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Passive Design is design that takes advantage of the climate to maintain a comfortable temperature range in the home. Passive design reduces or eliminates the need for auxiliary heating or cooling, which accounts for about 40% (or much more in some climates) of energy use in the average Australian home.

The importance of passive design cannot be overstated. Paying attention to the principles of good passive design suitable for your climate effectively ‘locks in’ thermal comfort, low heating and cooling bills, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions for the life span of your home.

Passive design utilises natural sources of heating and cooling, such as the sun and cooling breezes. It is achieved by appropriately orientating your building on its site and carefully designing the building envelope (roof, walls, windows and floors of a home). Well-designed building envelopes minimise unwanted heat gain and loss.

The most economical time to achieve good passive design in a home is when initially designing and building it. However, substantial renovations to an existing home can also offer a cost effective opportunity to upgrade thermal comfort — even small upgrades can deliver significant improvements. If you’re buying a new home or apartment, assess its prospects for thermal comfort and/or ability to be cost effectively upgraded to reflect good passive design principles in its climate.

For best results, ‘passive’ homes need ‘active’ users — people with a basic understanding of how the home works with the daily and seasonal climate, such as when to open or close windows, and how to operate adjustable shading.

A number of different and interrelated strategies contribute to good passive design, each the subject of an article in this section. Passive design strategies vary with climate, as explained in more detail in Design for climate. The best mix of passive design strategies also varies depending on the particular attributes of your site. Choose a designer who is experienced in passive design for your climate and consider engaging a thermal performance expert to model different design options using thermal performance software.

Good passive design is critical to achieving a lifetime of thermal comfort, low energy bills and low greenhouse gas emissions.

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JKBD are currently in the process of becoming certified Passive House Designers.