Sustainable homes for homeowners that are comfortable, healthy and efficient. Our Green Designs embrace your climate and block so that you can reduce your demand of heating and cooling required within your home.



There are times when your new home may require a planning permit and we understand that this can be a stressful and time consuming process for homebuyers. At Green Design Solutions we offer a planning service to help reduce the stress to clients. We have extensive experience in town planning and can prepare and manage the planning application process. It is important to note that not all buildings require a planning permit to build, but many do and I will explain why.


We design sustainable homes. We love working with clients who have a focus on reducing their environmental footprint whilst living in a comfortable home. We want to know about our clients goals and bring these together with our design principles to create a Home for Life that incorporates Sustainable, Liveable and Healthy design features. We consider the climate, the site opportunities, material selection, how the client will live in the home for now and into the future. 


Are you interested in renovating your home or building from scratch with sustainability features in mind? With over 15+ years of experience in sustainable housing design, our webinar series provides you with the roadmap and all the nitty gritty details you need to know when it comes to crafting a sustainable home. The 9 webinars will be released in one package, but you can take your time to digest the information and integrate it into your project planning.

With over 15+ years experience in sustainable housing design….


2021 HIA Australian GreenSmart Professional Award Winner

Janine Strachan is the Director of Green Design Solutions and an expert is sustainable housing and planning.

Janine’s knowledge in these two disciplines is used to service clients who may be looking for a sea or tree change, empty nesters longing to downsize or those wanting to develop their property with sustainable inclusions and require a planning permit to realise their dreams.

Janine has recently been awarded the winner of the 2021 HIA Australian GreenSmart Professional Award, which recognise the best in sustainable housing. Award winners and finalists make a positive difference to the environment by building energy-efficient and comfortable homes.

As a leader in sustainable housing and building technology, Janine draws from her extensive experience in teaching Building Thermally Efficient Structures and Environmental Management at RMIT and was recognised as RMITs Early Career Teacher of the Year 2017.

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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

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