Energy & Efficiency
Passive Solar Design
water conservation
Ecology & Landscape
Sustainable Materials
Social Sustainability
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Ecologically Sustainable Design (ESD)

At Zen Architects, principles of Ecologically Sustainable Design (ESD) are integral to our design approach and inform our unique architectural aesthetic

We are committed to energy efficiency by employing innovative passive solar design to decrease reliance on heating and cooling, and encourage use of energy efficient products and alternative energy systems. We select materials that maximise thermal performance while minimising carbon emissions produced through embodied energy.

We are committed to water conservation, integrating rainwater harvesting and grey water recycling to our buildings. We design buildings to respect and enhance their landscape and ecology, while connecting the occupant with the natural environment.
Sustainable materials are selected on a life cycle basis, considering environmental impacts during procurement, manufacture, use and end of life. We investigate the use of prefabricated materials and structures to maximise speed and efficiency of construction, improve affordability and minimise material wastage.

We are dedicated to increasing social sustainability through designing buildings that encourage creation of community and are imbued with the spirit of equality.

Please click on the Principles above to learn more about our approach to applying ESD to buildings or select the projects to view our exemplars of sustainable building design.