ARCHIDOC'S QUICK HOME SUSTAINABILITY REVIEW SERVICE
We offer to review the sustainability opportunities for your site and assist you in selecting the most appropriate project or kit home to maximise those opportunities. For individual one-off home designs we can advise whether the preliminary concept takes advantage of the site and aspect. This service is best used before proceeding too far into detailed design .
Benefits of the service
A house design that has been chosen to suit the site and positioned to make best use of sustainability features will provide improved comfort, light and functionality. Some of the benefits of using our advisory service at the outset are:
Designing from the beginning to meet the regulatory requirements of BASIX and the BCA.
Ensuring more comfortable living and bedroom areas in your new home with solar access and shading and breeze capture.
Receiving future reduced energy bills because you won’t have to turn on the heating or cooling as often.
Avoiding time wasting amendments to drawings because they fall short of the minimum regulation sustainability requirements.
Receiving initial advice on Water and Energy efficiency.
When to use our review service
At the stage when you are purchasing a vacant block of land for your new home.
When deciding on a project house design or kit home design that will suit your block of land.
When reviewing the design that you have already commissioned from an architect or home designer.
If purchasing an existing house to live in or demolish and rebuild.
In Australia the majority of new homes are project homes bought “off the plan” after viewing at display villages. Sometimes the new home is placed on the site with insufficient recognition of the best aspect (i.e. orientation of the living areas) and sustainability opportunities that the site has to offer.
If you are developing a site for more than one dwelling please contact us for a separate service and fee quote.
To access our Quick Sustainability Review Service
Select the type of review and report you require and download the appropriate application form or if you are unsure which service to use contact us with the INQUIRY form below for more information.
Pay our fee by Electronic Funds Transfer or post a cheque . Refer to the application form for our postal address. We will issue a tax invoice on receipt of payment to your email address.
Send us by email attachment or post the following information
Within 3 working days of receipt of your payment and drawings we will send you by email our sustainability report in PDF format.
SITE SUSTAINABILITY REVIEW (site only - no house design yet)
$77 per site (including GST) covers the following points:
Review a survey or site plan and comment on:
Best orientation of living areas
Suggested ventilation paths and best location for placement of windows with indicative size
Ideal location of landscaping for shading, breeze capture or shelter
Potential outcomes for overshadowing from adjacent trees and buildings
SITE & HOUSE SUSTAINABILITY REVIEW
$99 per design (including GST) covers the following points:
Review the site plan, the floor plans and the elevations and offer suggestions.
We check the suitability of the design for the Climate zone
We check the orientation of the Living areas
We comment on the the thermal performance of the proposed building materials.
We advise on how to incorporate thermal mass in the design
We advise appropriate Insulation levels for the location
We comment on window orientation, sizing, shading and glass types