7 points to a sustainably designed home

The following points can be used as a guide as what should be considered in designing a low impact building:

  1. Minimisation of resource use & habitat destruction through judicious environmental material specification.
  2. Minimisation of Energy Consumption (& therefore minimization of CO2 production)
    • Consider Embodied Energy of construction
    • Consider Operational Energy
      1. Space Heating / Cooling
        1. Orientation
        2. Insulation
        3. Windows sizing, placement & shading
        4. Thermal Mass
        5. Ventilation
      2. Solar Water Heating & Photovoltaics
      3. Appliance efficiency
  3. Water conservation
    • Water efficiency
    • Rainwater collection
    • Grey-water / black-water re-use
  4. Habitat creation
    • Local Native flora
    • Edible Garden (Permaculture)
  5. Health
    • Materials as environmentally benign as possible over their life cycle
    • Minimisation of off-gassing materials
    • Asthma friendly design
    • Day lighting
  6. Size
    • Efficient use of space for maximisation of resources
  7. Good Design
    • Good design lasts longer minimizing embodied energy use for rebuilding