By considering energy efficient and sustainable house options and building choices into your home at the building design stage, you are not only making a decision that helps the environment and reduces your carbon footprint, but also improve the running costs your home.Water saving measures such as low-flow taps and fittings, water tanks for the garden, solar heating and power, reuse of waste water, selection of building products with low embodied energy, using non-toxic paints with low VOC emissions and installing bulk ceiling and wall insulation. You are also adding to value of your home and improving its future saleability by being ‘eco-friendly’.
We are qualified as Endorsed Sustainable House Building Designers and are proud to have been recognised as a past winner of the Best Energy Efficient and Sustainable House in the Building Designers Association of Queensland Regional and State Awards.
Tips for Sustainable House Construction – (social sustainability, economic sustainability and environmental sustainability)
- Water Conservation including AAA rated showerheads and water tanks
- Natural heating and cooling using good passive solar design such as open plan and northerly orientation to maximize breezes and avoid western sun
- Energy and greenhouse efficient water heating by installing a solar, gas or electric heat pump hot water system
- Future proof to be readily converted for accessibility to accommodate your future needs as you get older
- Safe floors being slip and step free
- Address the street with easy to read house numbers and good external lighting
- Design your home with casual surveillance in mind to see the street and play areas from the main living areas
- Reduce the repair and ongoing maintenance costs by selecting the appropriate materials at the design stage
- Improve indoor air quality by avoiding material that contain volatile organic compounds (VOC) in paints, finishes and adhesives which can cause irritation, allergies and breathing and health problems
- Include outdoor covered entertainment areas closely linked to indoor living areas to maximize the Queensland climate.