Environmentally Sustainable Design

We embrace environmentally sustainable design principles within our practice and developments. We aim to be recognised for delivering quality developments that are ESD responsive. Too many designs pay lip service to ESD principles, but not in our studio. We strive to work with the best builders to ensure each of our developments meets our aims and objectives for quality design.

We understand that to make a development sustainable and successful, ESD principles need to be considered at all stages of the design and building process. We aim to help our clients identify areas for improvement and work with them to facilitate the change. It is certainly worth the effort.

Environmentally Sustainable Design endeavours to reduce the impacts of the construction and use of buildings on the natural environment, in addition to improving the comfort of inhabitants. When renovating or building a new home, there are many simple design principles that enhance the sustainability of a home.

Sustainable design is aimed at keeping houses cool in summer and warm in winter to reduce energy use. Up to 40% of energy use in the home is used for heating and cooling. It is our aim to reduce this impact.

Passive solar design is a major component of sustainable design. Designs should:

  • orientate the building to the north to allow solar gain in winter
  • orientate the building to allow for cooling breezes to cool the house in summer
  • provide thermal mass to store heat and radiate heat at night
  • provide shading of summer sun through the use of eaves and shading of the sun from the west and east through vegetation, blinds or shutters.

Sustainable design is also about designing buildings with people in mind. This includes:

  • ensuring accessibility for the young and aged throughout the house
  • using products with low maintenance requirements
  • addressing the street for access and safety.

There is a range of other actions that can also enhance the sustainability of your home such as:

  • installing energy and water efficient fittings
  • purchasing water and energy efficient appliances
  • double glazing windows
  • providing natural light
  • fit-for-purpose lighting
  • installation of water tanks for harvesting water (water can be used in the garden)
  • grouping wet areas together to shorten plumbing runs
  • plan space efficiently – don’t build more than you need and make spaces adaptable.

These simple steps are followed in every single development we are involved in. As Pillar and Post grows, we become more efficient and knowledgable about ESD approaches. We strongly encourage our clients to get involved early in the process to make ESD practices organic to the overall building design.