Funding to support new home sustainability study

Published on Thursday 4 January, 2018

Switch your thinking

How roof colour affects temperature inside newly-built homes will be the focus of a new Switch your thinking study, thanks to a recent funding grant.

The landmark $265,000 study was one of 52 projects that received funding as part of the Australian Government’s Smart Cities and Suburbs Program last month.

“Residents who build new homes are faced with a huge range of options for styles, colours and finishes, and many of these decisions can significantly affect how comfortable a home is to live in after it’s built,” City of Gosnells Mayor Glenn Dewhurst said.

“Although it’s often accepted that a lighter roof colour can reduce the temperature inside a home, therefore requiring less energy and money to cool it during summer, no definitive studies have been conducted to prove or disprove this – until now.”

Data from the Switch your thinking study will be uploaded to the website in real time, so community members can see for themselves any temperature differences at any given time.

The data will also be displayed on an LED smart sign, which Switch your thinking hopes to install outside a housing development.

Switch your thinking is now looking for local project partners, such as land developers or project builders, to be involved in the study. For more information, email

Switch your thinking is an initiative of the cities of Gosnells and Armadale and the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale, which now reaches across 16 local governments in metropolitan Perth.

For more information on Switch your thinking programs and sustainability measures you can use in your home, business or school, visit