Sustainable Design Principles
Modscape buildings are based on sustainable design principles that minimise environmental impact, maximise year round comfort and reduce running costs.
In the context of Ecologically Sustainable Development, sustainability is about reducing the negative impact on the environment. It is about meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
Sustainability involves making decisions and taking action that are in the interests of protecting the natural world. By being sustainable, we can reduce our environmental footprint and help preserve our precious natural resources.
These principles are applied to every aspect the design, the material selection, the systems utilised to build and in the operations of the house.
- Analyse site for effective orientation
- Optimise passive heating and cooling
- Use high thermal insulation
- Capture breezes for natural ventilation
- Control high glazed areas with screening
- Control summer heat gains and use thermal mass to create radiant coolness
- Minimise natural resource usage
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- Maximise use of reusable energy
- Source sustainable materials such as plantation timbers and those with low embodied energy
- Utilise environmentally credible production
- Select low formaldehyde products, voc paints, adhesives and sealants
- Recycle and reuse where possible
- Reduce site waste and environmental impact with factory build
- Design using standard building material sizes
- Reduce water demand and mains water consumption
- Use 3+ star water efficient fixtures and fittings
- Landscape for drought resistance
- Collect rainwater for potable use
- Recycle greywater for toilets and irrigation
- Select equipment and appliances based on energy efficiency
- Monitor ongoing performance
- Optimise services for power, water and waste