Passive Solar & Eco Conscious Design RC Building Design

Passive Solar & Eco Conscious Design

The value of good design is something that is appreciated every moment, every year you live in your home. It immerses every room from rooftop to sub-floor and causes your home to ‘breathe’ very differently to what we have become accustomed to.

Incorporating tested and proven design principals that work throughout every season to maximise or minimise certain environmental elements such as sun and breeze, impact positively by reducing what you then need to do to compensate.

Passive solar design is:

● Critical to achieving a lifetime of thermal comfort: warm in winter, cool in summer;
● Essential to maximise natural light into areas of your home where it’s most needed and appreciated;
● The most cost effective way to minimise energy consumption by reducing the need for air conditioning and lighting.
● Very effective at enabling all your other energy saving add-ons to work more efficiently;
● Directly responsible for lowering greenhouse emissions.

All without adding to the cost of your home build.

Getting Started

Getting your home design off to a great start begins with a pre-design consultation to discuss expectations and budget and get broad feedback on what you can expect from Russell in terms of timing, budget and services. Once you have decided to engage Russell he will organise an on site (Newcastle, Hunter and Central Coast clients) or Skype meeting. This, coupled with an extensive design brief consultation helps Russell to establish clear parameters for your design and creates the foundation for his shared understanding about your project and ongoing communications.


When you engage Russell Cook Building Design, you can expect the following:

Pre-design consultation.

Written fee proposal including service options and time frames.

Upon agreement, contracts are sent to commence engagement outlining payment schedules and associated services.

Site visit to undertake a detailed analysis of factors that will impact the design.

Client brief meeting to discuss your brief in detail, including your goals and aspirations for the design.

Concept draft presented.

Full presentation of concept design.

Full construction plans and DA documents, if required.