At C60 Design we have developed a series of principles that lead each Eco Home Design. We believe that they all should be considered at the start of the project and edited throughout the design process. They are –
Thoughtful design means designing to use less, collaborating with the outdoors, using technology to improve quality while reducing quantity, and designing for longevity, flexibility and a joyful living environment. Homes should be built to human scale, using only what is needed, but remaining open and airy. High ceilings, warm materials, clean lines and abundant light.
We encourage the use of materials that are renewable and recyclable, as well as materials that are timeless and long-lasting. We use FSC certified woods, reclaimed lumber, tiles and countertops made of recycled content, and look to Cradle-to-Cradle products as beautiful yet resource efficient, low impact options.
Throughout our projects we design to use minimal energy. We design the building envelop to require less energy through high-performance insulation and air tightness, mechanical systems, triple pane glass, proper sun-shading systems. We can also suggest renewable energy systems such as solar thermal panels, air and ground source heat pumps, photovoltaic panels to make Zero Carbon homes.
In traditional homes, more than one-quarter of drinking water is used to flush the toilets. We can propose an array of water-efficient technologies and appliances, such as low-flow shower heads, dual flush toilets, rain water catchment systems, gray water systems. We also can implement permeable hard landscaping and green roof systems to help reduce storm water run-off.
Healthy homes are happy homes. We seek to create healthy environments by using non-toxic materials, no and low VOC paints, air filtration and purification systems, natural insulation (sheep`s wool, recycled newspaper). A healthy design continues outside the home with water recycling systems to hydrate plants, native plants that are better adapted to climate conditions and green roofs that help reduce carbon emissions.
If you are considering your own Eco Home project, we would love to talk to you. Contact us!