How to design sustainably to a budget

March 2, 2023

A key element to a successful outcome of our projects is our ability to control the budget. On top of this, the methodology and timeliness of projects also plays a part in ensuring that the places and spaces that are designed and constructed are better for the community, and better for our environment. Sustainable architecture is at the forefront of the design and construction industry, meaning there are certain things we need to do to meet these sustainability principles, while remaining within budget.

To achieve sustainability, a registered architect incorporates Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) design principles. B2 Architecture applies these to all projects to minimise the overall impact on the environment. While sustainable design can be expensive, here are some tips that you can follow to ensure that you can economically embed these designs into your projects: 

Passive design principles:

These principles can be adopted to any design and don’t necessarily result in additional costs to the project. They are more a result of great planning of sustainable design features, including orientation, shade, passive heating and cooling, insulations, glazing and thermal mass plus more. 

Select green building materials and finishes

The sustainability of a building largely relies on the use of eco-friendly materials. Make it a priority to purchase the materials from companies that are known to be environmentally responsible in their processes. It’s also great to be able to use recycled materials in your design. 

The more sustainable the materials are, the more energy efficient the building will become. Sustainability is tied to cost efficiency and energy efficiency. By choosing the right sustainable materials, the building will not require as much maintenance, increasing its durability. 

Opt for renewable energy systems

Harnessing renewable energy is a great step towards a perfectly sustainable design. These energy systems are often integrated into passive design strategies, ensuring that there will be thermal comfort with minimal auxiliary heating or cooling. This makes for energy-efficient  heating, ventilation and cooling, as well as lighting. The most common type of renewable energy is solar energy, but wind and thermal energy systems are also other examples.

Water management

Reducing water wastage is another fundamental component of sustainable design. Efficient water management can be achieved by installing water-saving fixtures and integrating stormwater management. Collected rainwater can be used for gardening as an example, helping to minimise water wastage and reduce runoff.  

Consult with a registered architect

Extensive and efficient planning is key to achieving a sustainable design. If projects are planned effectively, you also end up saving time and money. By consulting with a registered architect who specialises in sustainable architecture, you get the best possible building materials, design outcomes and characteristics that suit your needs and are within budget. 

It’s definitely worthwhile to consult experts when it comes to designing new places and spaces. Choose an architect who has worked previously on sustainably certified projects. For transparency, we suggest that you ask as many questions as possible about details on budgets, materials and timeframe.

Work with us for sustainable architecture.

Here at B2 Architecture, we build for a brighter future. We use sustainable design principles to build innovative facilities across the education, commercial, residential and industrial sectors. 

We work collaboratively with our clients to design places and spaces that help us all think better, do better and live better. We take the time to understand the unique needs of the client we’re working with whether it’s for commercial, community, educational or residential projects, ensuring each project is unique and achieves the specific requirements of stakeholders and the broader community. 

With our approach to sustainable architecture and commitment to designing to build better, we ensure that sustainable initiatives are applied to all projects to minimise the impact on the environment no matter the budget.

To learn more about B2 Architecture and how we can help you build Green, please call us on +613 9429 4255. You can also send your queries to [email protected]