4602.0.55.001 - Environmental Issues: Energy Use and Conservation, Mar 2008 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 28/11/2008  First Issue
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Brick (brick veneer 45%, and double brick 24%), timber (13%) and fibro cement (8%) were the most commonly used outside wall materials for dwellings in Australia in 2008 (graph 2.2).

2.2 Top Three Main dwelling materials, Outside walls
Graph: 2.2 Top Three Main dwelling materials, Outside walls

Brick veneer was more often used in the Australian Capital Territory (74%) and Victoria (61%).

The use of timber was most pronounced in the states of Tasmania (27%) and Queensland (23%). Use of timber by Tasmanian households for outside walls of dwellings has slightly decreased from 30% in 2005 to 27% in 2008. A slight increase in timber usage over the same period was noted in Queensland (22% to 24%).

The use of fibro cement as the main material in outside walls remained fairly steady, at 8% in 2008. Use of fibro cement was highest in New South Wales (11%), followed by Queensland (9%) (table 2.9 and 2.10).

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