Sustainable Building Design

Homes contribute to about 20% of greenhouse gas emissions in Australia. There are lots of small actions that we can undertake to reduce these impacts.Designing and building a sustainable home will not only reduce your water and energy use, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and be cost effective in the long term, but will also provide you with greater comfort and lifestyle opportunities.


MRDstudio are Endorsed Sustainable Building Designers (ESBD) accredited through the Building Designers Association of Queensland (BDAQ) ESDB training program that was run in both 2010 & 2012. This endorsement as a Sustainable Housing Design Professional means that we are well equipped for all types of Residential projects we design for our clients.

Remember the three R's;   Reduce,   Re-use   &   Recycle

Please don’t hesitate to discuss any questions that you may have with us prior to the commencement of your project.


Our Top 5 Tips for Energy Efficient homes:

Whether you are building new, renovating or retrofitting, these top 5 tips will help you achieve a more environmentally friendly home and reduce your carbon footprint.

Every House needs to be specifically designed by first establishing the required design outcomes & site constraints. We need to get away from the myth of ‘one house fits all’.

1)      Solar Passive design – achieved through good orientation of the home according to the suns path, open plan north facing living and cross flow ventilation to capture our cool summer breezes (louvers are perfect for this!). Wide eaves, external adjustable shading devices for solar protection and the right use of insulation in walls and ceilings.

2)      Lighting & Appliances – The use of Energy Efficient lighting & general household appliances along with good natural light. ‘Low E’ glazing will help reduce those heating & cooling requirements.

3)      Reversible Ceiling Fans – used throughout the bed rooms and the living rooms have a much lower running cost as opposed to air-conditioning. During winter the reverse option forces the warm air trapped at the ceiling down into the room to mix with the cool air.

4)      Rain water harvesting – Install more than the minimum 5000 Litre Rain water tank to re-cycle water for the toilets and washing machine and you will have more than enough to water your veggie patch out the back.

5)      Renewable energy & materials – Install a Photovoltaic (PV) system & solar ‘evacuated tube’ hot water unit to help reduce power bills free from the sun! There is a great range of products now on the market for choosing low maintenance and re-cycled building materials, re-use where possible.


"Working With you to Achieve Sustainable Solutions" - Company Mission Statement, MRDstudio Building Designers

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