Sustainable House Design
Sustainable house design and creating environmentally responsible dwellings is a passion of ours at Blue Planet Design. For this reason we consider and include sustainable design principals into every project we undertake. Throughout the design process we consider orientation, natural ventilation, shading, insulation, passive heating and cooling, material selection and energy use. Paying attention to these and other aspects of sustainable design is paramount in creating a home which is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.
What is Sustainable House Design?
Sustainable design is defined as designing, planning and building dwellings to make them more environmentally, socially and economically responsible. In other words this means that they are more liveable, comfortable, accessible, healthy, responsive and more cost effective over the long term.
First of all, sustainable design should be environmentally sustainable. Sustainable homes are more resource efficient by considering water, energy and waste. In particular, they minimise the impact on the environment by incorporating features such as rainwater tanks, greenhouse efficient hot water systems, and passive solar design for local climate (ie. orientation, ventilation, insulation, shading and materials).
Furthermore sustainable design needs to be socially sustainable. Sustainable homes are designed with people in mind, including occupants and guests. Features such as access, safety, and security are addressed so that homes accommodate peoples’ needs now and into the future.
Finally sustainable house design should also be economically sustainable. Sustainable homes are more cost-effective over time. For example they feature good design and use low-maintenance materials. Additionally they feature appliances with high water and energy-star ratings to reduce ongoing costs of running the home.
When it comes to sustainable house design get the right advice and contact Blue Planet Design.
For more information on sustainable house design, either get in touch with our endorsed sustainable building designer Scott Dawson or check out Australia's guide to environmentally sustainable homes at www.yourhome.gov.au