Canberra Architects & Sustainable Design

sustainble-canberra-architectsCanberra is blessed with a number of talented Architects experienced in Sustainable Design. Some have pioneered sustainable home design in Canberra and the Region for a generation. Enviro Friendly is proud to have worked with a number of the leaders in the field.

If you’re one of those wise people who are prepared to put a bit more thought and money into the sustainable design of your home, you’re going to reap the benefits- more and more every year- as energy costs soar. Here’s a list of some of the best Sustainable Design Architects in Canberra. 

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Leading Sustainable Design Canberra Architects

Ric Butt: Strine Environments

ric-buttRic is an architect, builder and environmental designer and principal of Strine Design in Canberra. He is committed to raising the public profile of vernacular Australian architecture and promoting environmentally sustainable practice in both design and construction.

His involvement in the formation of the Australian Building Energy Council, the development of its Building Energy Code, his chairmanship of the RAIA National Environment Committee and his membership of the HIA Environment and Planning and Development Committees have given Ric a national profile in environmentally sustainable and low energy buildings.

This wealth of sustainability knowledge allows Ric and his team to provide clients with unique, practical and sustainable home designs through Strine Environments. Strine also has a building arm, proviiding a seamless design/build option, with a brand new range ofeco kit homes.

Russell Wombey: Wombey Architects Pty Ltd

russell-wombey-architect-actRussell is a sole practitioner architect, and for most of his career has worked on residential projects in and around Canberra. Projects include Greenfields, redevelopment, and alterations and additions.
He is committed to the principles of designing for our local climate using natural energy systems for heating, cooling and incorporating other sustainable technologies.

Having worked in the construction industry, he has developed an understanding of the cost implications of design decisions.

His fundamental design approach is to develop a close relationship with the client to develop design solutions that not only reflect his professional experience, but also balances the site characteristics with the client’s budget, accommodation wishes and preferred aesthetics. Consequently, each project is unique resulting in a body of work that includes a variety of architectural solutions whilst still reflecting responsible sustainable design principles. 

Trevor Lee : Exemplary Energy

trevor-lee-canberra-architectTrevor is a Canberra Architect who has directed himself to energy issues in the built environment since his graduation with honours from the University of Melbourne in 1976.From 1985 to 1989, he was the Senior Architect for Energy Management of the Commonwealth’s construction authority (then called the Department of Construction).

From 1989 until 1995 he served as editor of “Solar Progress”, the quarterly journal of the Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society, (ANZSES) and from 1996 to 1998 was honorary chair of that organisation. He was also a founding director and later Vice-President of the Sustainable Energy Industry Association (SEIA) which merged with kindred organisations in 2001 to become the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE, now the Clean Energy Council).

He was involved as technical adviser to the ACT Government for the first four years of its ground-breaking mandatory house energy rating scheme (applied both at building approval stage for new dwellings and at the advertising for sale stage for existing dwellings) and a consultant to government and commerce for the energy auditing of existing buildings and simulation and energy analysis of building proposals. He is also co-author of the Australian Solar Radiation Data Handbook, and has served as co-Chair of the then Auustralian & New Zealand Solar Energy Society ((now the Australian Solar Council).

Peter Overton TT Architecture

peter-overton-canberraPeter has worked in collaboration with Tony Trobe of TT Architecture for over 20 years. For most of his career, Peter has specialized in sustainable and passive solar architecture, working in both residential and public buildings in Canberra. He is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects and has been registered in the ACT since 1991.

Peter has had a long-term interest in sustainable building materials, having worked with many different construction systems including earth wall and straw bale, and has been directly involved as an organizer for yearly Sustainable House Tours since the mid nineties. He is one of the first people to work as a licensed energy assessor in the ACT and also holds a New South Wales residential energy assessor’s licence.

Peter has acted as chairperson of the Sustainability Committee of the Australian Institute of Architects (ACT) and has worked on the executive committee of the ACT Branch of theAustralian Solar Council almost continuously since 1998, including 5 years as Branch President. 

Andrew Verri: Andrew Verri Architecture

andrew-verriAn active member of the Australian Institute of Architects for over 10 years, serving on it’s Sustainability and Practice Committees, Andrew is an award-winning Canberra architect.

Andrew is passionate about design, efficiency and buildability – believing all three elements must be addressed in future buildings. Andrew Verri Architecture have joined forces with Tom Henderson Design & Construction to form Jigsaw Housing.

Jigsaw Housing’s philosophy is to simplify the sustainable design and building process, to create comfortable, clever, energy-efficient homes.

Hugh Gordon, Architect

hugh-gordon-architect-canberraHugh is a sole practice Canberra architect specialising in environmentally sustainable urban houses and multi-unit housing. Living on a rural property near Canberra, he also does a number of country and coastal projects, a passion he has developed over the years.

Hugh is committed to sensible, sustainable design, utilising the latest products and materials to create comfortable, long lasting, efficient and beautiful homes. Hugh is the winner of multiple awards for green housing.

Visit the ACT Government website for a full list of Registered Canberra Architects…

See also:
Canberra Home Builders
Canberra Plumbers
Canberra Double Glazing

Background Briefing:
Australian Institute of Architects: ACT Chapter
Environmental Design Guide: Free Newsletter
Archicentre: Institute of Architects Building Design and Inspection Experts
Sustainable House Day (formerly Solar House Day)
Article: Thermal Comfort & Sustainable Design
Solar Hot Water Canberra
Solar Panels Canberra
Water Tanks Canberra

We hope you enjoy this listing of Architects in Canberra.

 Posted on : November 11, 2015