Sustainable Houses Guide

Sustainable Houses Guide

An introductory guide to designing energy-efficient, future-proof, healthy and comfortable homes that last a lifetime.

Melbourne based architects, 'Breathe', are committed to sustainability not just in their role as architects but as educators, too. That’s why they created a range of guides that offer accessible introductions to sustainable building design — free to read, share and copy under Creative Commons.

Sustainable Houses

This guide provides a concise overview of sustainable house design for those interested in renovating or building a home that is energy efficient, comfortable, healthy and adaptable for the future.

The carbon emissions generated from the construction and operation of buildings is one of the largest contributors to the climate crisis. Architects and homeowners can play their part in tackling climate change by designing and living in sustainable houses. Using simple design strategies and modern technologies outlined in this guide, sustainable architecture reduces the carbon emissions and environmental impact of a building throughout its lifecycle and helps with the transition to a carbon-free future.

Even though the word ‘sustainable’ is now used to describe many things, some are inherently more sustainable than others. In architecture, true sustainability requires a holistic approach, encompassing every element of a building — from design, materials and construction to energy resources, technology and the local environment.

Sustainable architecture is often perceived as being complex, expensive and unimaginative. It is quite the opposite: real sustainable architecture results in simpler, better, cheaper-to-run buildings that are respectful of the climate they inhabit and the climate they contribute to.

(Note that while every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within this guide is correct, Breathe takes no responsibility for its accuracy. Contact us with your feedback for improving this guide.)

Breathe is a Melbourne-based studio, creating world-class architecture with an enduring and meaningful impact on housing affordability, accessibility and sustainability.

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If you’re considering a sustainable build or renovation, this series is for you. Over 100 homes will open their doors across the country, sharing their experience of building and living in sustainable homes. PLUS join architects, designers, tradespeople and experts for a month of online extension sessions.

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