This “High-Density Liveability Guide” provides Residents, Building Managers, Council Authorities, Designers and Developers with a practical guide to assess the liveability of a dwelling, building and surrounding community. Liveability refers to the characteristics that make a place where people want to live (e.g. access to services, quality of life, comfortable living standards, transport, air quality and social participation).

Although targeted towards inner-city high-density areas, findings discussed in this guide can be applied to other areas too.

This guide is informed by high-density residents’ perspectives, based on research undertaken in inner-urban locations across Brisbane, Australia. This research, including surveys, interviews, observations and temperature monitoring, was undertaken by Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Northshore Development Group as part of an Australian Research Council funded project investigating the social, environmental and economic impacts of high-density living.

Based on residents’ experiences, nine key topics have been identified as important for enhancing the liveability of high-density areas. These topics have been organised under the categories of Dwelling, Building and Community:

1_Thermal Comfort / Ventilation
2_Natural Light
3_Noise Mitigation

4_Shared Space
5_Good Neighbour Protocols
6_Environmental Sustainability

7_Accessible and Sustainable Transport
8_Amenities / Services
9_Sense of Community

To access a factsheet for each topic, click on the link under Dwelling, Building and Community on the side menu. Each factsheet includes an overview of the topic, findings from our research, recommended guidelines and further links.

By considering these factors, and answering the Liveability Checklist, Residents, Building Managers, Local Authorities, Designers and Developers can monitor the liveability of a dwelling, building or surrounding area.