Eco Homes and Housing
Dion Seminara Architecture designs promote:
- Breezeways and natural convection
- Open design for flow-through ventilation
- Well-orientated living areas
- Low impact housing footprint
- Outdoor spaces connecting to main living spaces
- Drought tolerance
- Adjustable shading devices for solar protection
- Wide eaves for controlled solar protection
- Large covered decks/terraces
- Inclusion of solar heating, water tanks and grey water re-cycling systems
- The inclusion of light coloured surfaces, particularly roofs
- Adaptability and accessibility for aging/less mobile residents (optional as needed)
At Dion Seminara Architecture we understand eco homes and housing and sustainable living principles allowing us to create stunning designs that are environmentally friendly and take advantage of what the climate offers.
We are passionate about lowering our carbon footprint and reducing our dependency on non-renewable forms of electricity. In fact we have recently installed a 7.5kw solar power plant on the roof of our office as we work towards becoming completely carbon neutral.
By following eco-housing principles and designing every new home or renovation to suit their local conditions, we are able to create beautiful homes that are cost effective to run and offer truly sustainable living. Here are just some of the ways that we can achieve this for your project:
Flow through ventilation
Nature provides us with cooling summer breezes and yet so many homes that are built today fail to take advantage of this natural gift. Our designs maximise the natural flow of air across your property enabling you to cool your home cost effectively. Through clever eco-housing designs and the use of strategies like open designs, breezeways and natural convection we can promote cross ventilation throughout your home keeping it fresh, cool and healthy the natural way.
Many modern home designs rely heavily on electric lighting. Dark depressing corners and poorly lit rooms can be overcome but installing more and more energy sapping light globes but is it really in the home owner’s best interests?
Well we say no. As eco architects we believe that taking advantage of natural lighting is a far better option. Through our eco friendly designs we can create living spaces that are not only bright and airy, but also warm, inviting and healthy.
Protection from the elements
Whilst eco housing design principles are about working with the climate, great home design also offers protection from the harshest elements. Through the use of well orientated living areas, adjustable shading devices, wide eaves, large covered decks, terraces and verandas we are able to protect your home from the heat of summer, whilst still allowing in the warming winter sun. Our designs offer you the best of the local climate whilst keeping the worst away.
As eco architects we understand that naturally heating and cooling your home is only half the battle. There is little point to a design that allows the low winter sun to warm your home only to see that heat escape through lack of insulation; which is why we focus heavily on ceiling and wall insulation in our home designs along with the use of natural materials that have insulating properties.
Renewable & recyclable building materials
Our designs focus on using renewable materials where possible, to help lessen our impact on the environment. Through the clever use of renewable and recycled materials where possible, we are helping to create a better world for our children’s futures.
Renewable energy sources
With rising power costs and growing concerns over mans impact on the environment, we believe that taking advantage of renewable energy sources at a residential level is sound strategy. Things like solar heating and photo-voltaic electricity help us in creating sustainable homes that are not only eco friendly, but affordable to run.
Water harvesting & management solutions
With our growing population and unpredictable climate conserving water has become a high priority. For this reason our eco architectural designs focus on three main areas being
- rain water harvesting,
- water usage reduction and
- water recycling.
We do this through rainwater storage tanks, careful planning of outdoor areas and things like grey water recycling systems. Our designs are highly drought tolerant. So if water conservation is important to you, then a Dion Seminara designed home is exactly what you need.
So as you can see at Dion Seminara Architecture we have a thorough understanding of eco housing design principles. As eco architects, we believe strongly in helping our clients reduce their housing footprint through the creation of sustainable homes that are eco friendly with the added benefit of being inexpensive to run.
Contact us today to find out how Dion Seminara Architecture can create a stunning eco home design for your new home or renovation whilst helping you save money and the environment.