Passive Solar

Reduce home energy costs with a passive solar landscape design.

This type of design uses a system of plants and structures strategically placed in line with sun angles to shade your home when it’s hot, but also allow light and warmth indoors during winter. As the seasons change, different aspects of the design come into effect. Once the garden is established, its natural features will help to keep you cooler or warmer for free.

Your garden and surrounds can be assessed to identify current features proving ineffective for an energy efficient home.  We have two passive solar design options to choose from including the DIY ‘foundation’ design or a more ‘intensive’ stylistic design according to your objectives and budget.

 

‘Foundation’ passive solar landscape design

This is for the DIY installer who wants some direction about their garden layout to achieve greater home energy efficiency. This includes a:

  • 30-minute meeting to determine your budget for installation
  • 1-2 hour walk around the home to record details of the garden’s major features, sun angles and the direction of prevailing winds
  • report identifying problematic and beneficial hot and cold spots and optional solutions with basic scaled and non scaled drawings
  • one hour phone conversation to discuss the layout if required.

This package is based on a flat site up to 1/4 acre block. For tricky, sloping sites or new home gardens, a custom quote can be provided.

 

‘Intensive’ passive solar landscape design

This package offers a stylistic redesign of garden elements to achieve greater home energy efficiency. It includes a:

  • 1 hour client meeting to determine specific objectives and budget for the garden installation
  • 1-2 hour walk around the home to record details of the garden’s major features, sun angles and the direction of prevailing winds
  • scaled diagram that identifies problematic and beneficial hot and cold spots
  • report detailing specific changes, including appropriate plant types, garden surface materials and structural features. The report will include plan, elevation and construction drawings where appropriate
  • recommendation for qualified tradespeople to install the garden and structures
  • 1 hour personal follow up to discuss the new layout.

The intensive package addresses the major elements that directly affect your home’s natural heating and cooling. If you would like a full landscape design for your garden, please let us know and we will assess and quote.

This package is based on a flat site up to 1/4 acre block. For tricky, sloping sites or new home gardens, a custom quote can be provided.