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Hi I am Janine Strachan and I design sustainable homes for homeowners that are comfortable, healthy and efficient. The designs embrace your climate and block so that you can reduce your demand of heating and cooling required in the home. I focus on designing new homes and renovation projects that are both on grid and off grid. Whilst most of my clients are Victorian based, I can work with clients in other states.

We have some great offers for you

I am delighted to release the Sustainable Design Expert Webinar series of 9 webinars released as one package with more than 5 hours of custom content that will guide you on your journey. In this series I cover:
  1. Site selection and planning
  2. Creating goals for your home and lifestyle and setting a realistic budget
  3. Floor plan layout and use for now and the future
  4. Designing for your climate and construction materials
  5. Insulation and thermal mass
  6. Glazing and window selection
  7. Lighting and appliance selection
  8. Sustainable building products
  9. Renewable energy and water conservation
The webinar package is valued at more than $600, but this package is offered to you at $360 AUD. So why not head over to the e-learning page and sign up today to get valuable knowledge and practical tips no matter where you are in your journey. You will also be able to join a private Facebook group community, where you’ll be able to ask me direct questions and connect with others on similar paths to sustainability.  

Concept Design Plans and How to create a Home for Life – E books

A set of single storey concept plans to get you thinking of some key design principles! I have harnessed my expertise in Sustainable Design to create five Concept House Designs that incorporate Solar Passive Design displayed as:
  • Modular House
  • Pod House
  • Reverse Brick House
  • Container House
  • Courtyard House

Offered to you for only $33.00! that’s the price of a coffee per plan

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We initially met Janine Strachan at a sustainability event in Melbourne. We were downsizing and wanted to build a small, energy efficient home in country Victoria. We were impressed with her comprehensive knowledge of sustainable building and decided to engage the services of Green Design Solutions. During the planning process, she was able to consolidate our sometimes vague ideas to best meet the needs of our family. She was able to draw on her extensive experience in sustainable building, while incorporating the principles of ‘Ageing in Place’ into the design. Janine is professional, efficient and well organised. Her communication and availability were much appreciated. This engagement has resulted in a family home that is comfortable, compact and energy efficient. Many people have commented on its handsome design. We would highly recommend Janine and the services of Green Design Solutions to anyone wanting to build a stylish, sustainable home.

Deb, Nick and Tara – Lancefield

From the outset, Janine understood and shared our dream of building a sustainable, off grid home in a hilly country location. We needed some clever design ideas, to ensure the best energy efficiency and comfort in the extremes of summer and winter, but not lose the advantages that optimum orientation for a ridge top outlook with river valley views offered. We wanted to incorporate local stone into the construction, and wood fired heating and minimal energy cooling. Janine’s regular communication, knowledge and analysis of options, willingness to listen, but offer frank advice have achieved a design we are delighted with. Highly recommended.

Robert Wilson of Tambo Crossing

I offer services in:

Design service for sustainable houses
Planning service for sustainable homes in Australia