Design with a sutainable future in mind

We help people design and build High performance buildings that are cosy, healthy and cheap to run. Total heating, cooling and hot water costs are typically as low as $200 to $300 per year for an average home

What we do

We are Architectural designers and Sustainability Consultants. Design is our passion, sustainability is our goal. To achieve this, we rely on the Passivhaus performance standards to ensure that every inch of our homes are not only beautifully designed, but also calculated and built to surpass the World’s most rigorous energy efficiency, comfort and sustainability standards for buildings.

Invest in your future

Your home will probably be the most significant investment of your life. Not just financially, but also in terms of your health and impact on the planet. We can deliver a home that is warm in winter and cool in summer, all at a very low cost. A home that is quiet, free of mould and with a very low carbon footprint.

Design collaboration

We view every new home and site as unique. We regard the design process as a collaboration. The home design is your vision based on a series of ideas and aspirations developed over time. We see ourselves as facilitators, using the latest in 3D technology to bring your vision to reality. It would be our priviledge to join you on this journey.

 

Design and Build

We strive to strike the right balance between providing a beautiful design of premium quality that meets your family’s needs, yet is also sustainable and will stand the test of time. Because we design as well as build, we can optimize the process so that the project is delivered at a reasonable cost

We offer expertise in delivering high performance buildings

our process

1. First meeting

On site or in my office:

-discuss ideas and aspirations and I explain our work flow

-I go into more detail on what a Passivhaus and High performance building is and the benefits it delivers

-Initial site and budget assessment to determine if your home is achievable

2. Pre-design

Design collaboration and ideas exchange:

-We look at the site and assess council requirements

-Set project requirements and run through initial broad concepts and ideas and prepare initial freehand concept sketches

-Provide initial cost estimate and lay out next steps moving forward

Estimate: $2,000*

3. Schematic design

The exciting bit:

-Enter into the detailed design process

-Advanced freehand concept sketches exploring more detail

-Once the layout has been confirmed prepare Architectural drawings and 3d models

-Build designPH model and migrate data into Passivhaus software. Assess design and optimize for comfort and energy efficiency

-Apply for Council approvals

-Builder to provide a fixed price construction contract

Estimate: $10,000*

4. Construction

As well as a full design process we are able to liaise with our in-house builders to ensure that your home is delivery at a reasonable cost and to the highest quality

Alternately we are able to liaise with a number of builders who are able to deliver a project to the acceptable standard

Sustainability and Passivhaus

Every inch of our homes are not only beautifully designed, they are calculated and built to surpass the World’s most rigorous energy efficiency, comfort and sustainability standards for buildings. Every component, every wall, window and even appliance is taken into consideration when meeting the Passivhaus performance standards

Passivhaus is an international standard for energy efficient buildings where a house  is so well insulated and air-tight that it can function with minimal heating and cooling.  Passive house projects deliver the highest level of comfort, and a cost effective bundle of energy saving strategies and renewables.

The six pillars of a healthy and sustainable building

Operational Energy

Operational energy contributes 28% to global carbon emissions, about the same as all other industries combined (30%) and total transport (22%).

By applying the Passivhaus standard we can significantly reduce your homes energy consumption. By adding on site renewables your home will be carbon positive from day 1. The excess energy created will reduce your total building carbon footprint to the point where you could carbon positive within 15 years.

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Embodied Energy

The built environment contributes to 39% of global carbon emissions, more than any other sector. While 28% of total emissions are from operational energy, a significant 11% is attributed to the embodied energy in buildings. While the best and easiest way to reduce our carbon footprint is by reducing operational energy, the carbon contribution in the building’s embodied energy is still significant and needs to be addressed

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Health & Comfort

Contrary to common belief, Passivhaus is primarily a Health & Comfort standard. The very low heating and cooling requirements are an additional welcome benefit.

The most important purpose of a Passivhaus is to support the physical wellbeing of the family. Once you have that, “the world is your oyster”.

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Indoor Air quality

Thanks to the ventilation system expelling stale indoor air and replacing it with fresh air from outside, Passivhaus buildings remain mould and excess moisture free. Since most air pollution and health problems in building are due to mould, the main cause of poor air quality is eliminated.

However, there still are a variety of other ways that toxins can be introduced into the home. Data can be hard to come by, 85% of the 82,000 chemicals in use are lacking available health data. This means that a thorough assessment is still required in terms of materials and other practices.

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Ethical Design

Ethical design is about adopting a moral approach so that the primary focus is about the overall well-being of the client. Taking a holistic approach so that we can use our skills to not only design a beautiful building, but one that is connected with the site and its location. To respect our main source of energy and light, the sun and make design choices that enhance the buildings relationship with its surroundings and works in tandem with the 5 Passivhaus principles.

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Water Sensitive Design

Water is our most important resource. Conservation is not just about installing low flow taps and shower heads. You need to look at water in our urban context and use strategies that are fit for purpose. It’s about being Water Smart.

This means making the most of this precious resource, conserving, collecting and allocating it in the most efficient manner. Ensuring fit for purpose water use and re-integrating water back into our landscape that is high quality ensuring it will not harm the environment.

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To date there have been over 60,000 Passivhaus units built around the world.

Want to learn more?

Passivhaus is an international standard for energy efficient buildings where a house  is so well insulated and air-tight that it can function with minimal heating and cooling.  Passive house projects deliver the highest level of comfort, and a cost effective bundle of energy saving strategies and renewables.

Included below are links to some brochures from the Passivhaus Institute in Germany and the Passivhaus Trust in the UK

An in depth resource providing 68 pages of detailed information. If you enjoy a good read download the PDF file.

Discover the benefits of Passivhaus. We’ll let you into a secret… Its not just about energy efficiency.

An overview of the Passivhaus standard, how it can be achieved, and how to get started.

Why choose Passivhaus over other approaches? Covering zero carbon targets & the performance gap.

Video resources

Passivhaus explained in 90 seconds

What is a Passive House (11 min)

Get In Touch

available from 9:00 – 18:00

Address 21 Beatty St, Flinders Park, South Australia

Main picture- House 2 at 3 Oakley Avenue, Forestville, South Australia. Part of the World’s first Passivhaus Premium housing development