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In our current times, there has never been a greater focus on the long term impacts of developments on the environment. It is imperative to make initial design choices that ensure owners and clients are offered an array of choices to see their own energy costs are kept viable over the duration of occupancy, as well as the life of building.

There are minimum Australian standards for a 6 Star Energy Efficient new construction, as well as additions under the National Construction Code (NCC) and Building Codes (BCA).

There is a lot more to true efficiency and sustainability than simply meeting the minimum standards when creating designs for construction.

We make this part of our work an opportunity to maximise outcomes for the environment by carefully assessing impact as well as ensuring the end user has a sustainable level of efficiency.

We understand that well designed builds have the capacity to eradicate the need for constant use of heating and cooling, by optimising materials and layouts to work harmoniously with natural elements. Working with placement, natural elements, light and shade – from the beginning stages – has the power to create an end design that is both cost effective and lastingly environmentally sound without any additional construction costs.

Carefully investing time into creating a sustainable build is not to be overlooked from a design point of view – even for those who are not really prepared to invest in the long term. Simple orientations to gain natural daylight is vital to everyday life. The creation of enjoyable moments at home are born from the good use of aspects of design that directly or indirectly impact the quality of day to day living.

DN Studio has a range of options in this area to suit most budgets in creating cost effective and eco-friendly builds, encompassing the standard compliance purposes right through to innovative and alternative design solutions.

We have a number of services that could be useful to your project, including:

  • Energy efficiency (star rating).
  • VURB – Verification using a Reference Building assessment.
  • Construction material and insulation selection.
  • Placement of design elements that work with the natural environment harmoniously.
  • Energy Audits & Reporting.
  • Review of End User Lifestyle Assessment & User Needs.