A contemporary beach house showcases how sustainability principles can be a win for client, designer, builder and the environment. While green design and building have certainly become more mainstream, Living Green Designer Homes is no Johnny-come-lately. The design and building company has been implementing a sustainability philosophy in its design projects for around 10 years. Numerous industry accolades are a more recent tick of approval. You can listen to the podcast of Craig's interview with Nicole Szollos here. Craig Riddle of Living Green Designer Homes says that while the company's environmental focus has never been about winning awards, he knows they help to raise awareness. Indeed, it was an impressive awards list in addition to existing work examples that led to a client brief for this sustainable and modern home on a beachside block. The company's design approach is to begin with environmental principles, looking first at orientation, the local breezes and aspect. It then takes the client's requirements and works to bring everything together. "We always start with solar passive design principles, trying to get some thermal mass. [For this project] it was a dead flat block of land, like a bowling green, so we put it on a concrete slab and that achieved the thermal mass," says Riddle.

Channel: Sci & Tech Channel

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