Sustainable Buildings

A REGENERATIVE FUTURE FOR ALL

Sustainable building design is about decision making & strategic planning to balance environmental, economic & occupants needs. One of the key principles to achieving sustainable development is to ensure the health, diversity & productivity of the environment is maintained & enhanced for future generations & that in doing so, ecological integrity is conserved.

Some of the considerations when designing a sustainable building are:

  • Optimal orientation-for favourable sun & breezepaths
  • Good solar access
  • Shading from unwanted sun
  • Fresh air supply, free of toxins & allergens
  • Thermal comfort- adequate insulation, minimising air leakage & thermal transmission (Thermal bridges), high quality windows.
  • Thermal mass, required for Passive solar design but not required for ‘Passive House’
  • Materials that are Sustainable, ie.from renewable resources, have longevity, non toxic, recyclable at end of use, & the benefit they bring to the overall energy performance of the building weighted against the carbon produced in their manufacturing
  • Economically sound- source & recognise systems that save money as well as the environment that have a payback period shorter than their life expectancy.ie, ‘Passive House’. Challenge the status-quo on home size, ie can rooms have a multi-purpose & therefore reduce the footprint of the house? The larger it is the more it costs to build, operate & maintain. Establish the true cost of a building project, upfront cost+ running costs + maintenance cost over its life period. When we do this analysis it becomes evident that sustainable buildings make better economic sense.
  • Carbon neutral- energy efficient, zero energy, energy positive.
  • Waste-free, be part of the circular economy-reduce/reuse/recycle/return to earth as contrast to the current liner economy of take/make/dispose in the buildings full life cycle.
  • Healthy – air quality, natural lighting, reduce exposure to radio-frequency radiation, noise minimisation, social & community interaction, provision to grow food, more tolerant to extreme weather conditions
  • Socially responsible- utilise materials & labour that has been equitably & ethically sourced
  • Have Longevity- consider the visual appeal, a sophisticated building will far outlast an ugly counterpart, consider the expected maintenance & lifespan, adaptability for changes in future use
  • Avoid the depletion of natural resources- water, minerals & metals
  • Toxic free- Avoid chemicals that are known to be harmful to humans, animals & the environment during construction & the full life of the building, take measures to eliminate risk of mould growth ‘Passive House’ building methodology
  • Are universally accessible- wheelchair friendly
  • Interact with nature & the natural elements- biophilic design, sunlight, natural ventilation, access to nature & gardens
  •  ‘Passive House’ methodology. This systematic approach to designing & building has the solutions.  Take a look at this link

why consider building or renovating to the Passive House Standard

Sustainable Buildings give more than they take. My goal is to collaborate with others to reverse the damage that humans have inflicted on our planet & provide a truly regenerative future for all.

 

I would love the opportunity to show you how to reduce your carbon footprint, reduce your bills & create an elegant, healthy, comfortable home.

0410 191 908
Email: marie@mattinsondesignstudio.com.au