Sustainability

We strongly believe that our buildings should be highly responsible in terms of environmental impact and the sustainable use of materials and design generally.

The aim of ecological sustainable design is to:

  • Minimise the consumption of resources, especially non-renewable
  • Minimise pollution of soil, air and water
  • Maximise the health, safety and wellbeing of building users
  • Increase awareness of environmental issues
  • Maintain and, where disturbed, restore biodiversity

Design & site planning methods to assist in fulfilling these aims may include:

  • Orientation, size of footprint and proportion of building
  • High level insulation to all building elements
  • Internally isolated thermal mass
  • Solar greenhouse, trombe walls
  • Clerestorey, solar chimnies
  • Natural ventilation and night purging
  • Earth coupled design
  • Zoning to reduce energy consumption
  • Plantation and recycled  timber
  • Low energy electrical fitoff
  • Non-toxic materials (to avoid toxic off-gassing)
  • Embodied energy of the building materials selected
  • Water conservation, harvesting and reuse
  • Grey water recycling systems
  • Passive solar design principles
  • Sustainable power generation
  • Sustainable effluent disposal systems
  • Establish weed management plant and pest animal eradication controls
  • Plant selection to suit soil and climatic conditions