ESD Statement

Environmentally Sustainable Design and ecological house designs involves the use of the natural elements of the planet in a manner that leaves it in a better state than when we inherited it. Sustainable house designs considers two main categories of environmentally sustainable design.

The process of Environmentally Sustainable Design



  • Get to know and understand each other
  • Establish or receive the Brief
  • Become conversant with each other's roles

Site assessment

  • Access
  • Topography
  • Views
  • Climate and prevailing weather



  • The single most important aspect of passive design.


  • Daytime use/Night time use
  • Warm side/Cool side
  • Summer/Winter
  • Habitable/non-habitable
  • Short term use/long term use

House Plan ratio

  • Pavilions

Solar access

  • Seasonal access and exclusion

Material behavior

  • Thermal mass
  • Insulation

Material Properties

  • Embodied energy
  • Availability
  • Cost


  • Natural energy harnessing, heating and cooling
    • Trombe walls
    • Thermal flues


  • Natural
  • Induced


  • Harnessing fresh water
  • Use waterwell
  • Turn waste into usable

Sustainable Design Principles

We will look to incorporate the following design principles into the design:

  • Designing and constructing buildings to preserve the natural features of the site.
  • Designing and constructing buildings to include passive solar design.
  • Increasing the energy efficiency of buildings and retro-fits by using low energy
  • Technologies for lighting, heating and cooling, appliances and equipment.
  • Using natural and/or fan-forced ventilation.
  • Using renewable energy technologies.
  • Selecting sustainable building materials, such as locally sourced and recycled content.