Our Design Principles


  • All Positive Footprints houses are to be as energy efficient as possible
  • Energy Supplies will come from renewable resources where practical
  • Energy Efficient appliances will be promoted throughout


  • Materials, including their transport and installation, must be as non-polluting as possible
  • Materials are to be as environmentally sustainable as possible
  • Low Embodied Energy materials are given preference
  • Material extraction must not harm threatened ecosystems
  • Materials that unduly deplete limited natural resources are to be avoided


  • Recycled materials will be chosen wherever practical and cost effective
  • Waste leaving the construction site is to be controlled, recycled and minimised as much as possible
  • Water will be harvested for re-use and greywater recycled for sub-surface watering on site where practical
  • Provision will be provided to allow organic material to be recycled on site


  • Local habitat and plantings for native flora and fauna are promoted
  • Food-forest and permaculture design are supported


  • Materials are to be as environmentally benign as possible
  • Materials contributing to Sick Building Syndrome and VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) off-gassing will be minimised
  • Daylight will be introduced to as many area as is practical
  • Controlled natural ventilation is to be incorporated in the passive solar design


  • Systems will be implemented to collect practical feedback on energy, gas and water use, to assist in post occupancy evaluation
  • Education and support will be provided to help occupants minimise impact on the environment

Functionality and Style

  • Buildings and the features contained within must be easy to use and maintain, and appropriate to client's purpose
  • Buildings must be space efficient
  • Buildings must be beautiful and have a feeling of sanctuary