Hello and welcome to Green Design Solutions, I’m Janine Strachan and a specialist in sustainable housing and planning.

My 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 off-grid living and require a planning permit to realise their dreams.

As a leader in sustainable housing and building technology, I have been recognised as the Australian HIA GreenSmart Professional 2021, and draw from my extensive experience to teach Building Thermally Efficient Structures and Environmental Management at RMIT and I was recognised as RMIT’s Early Career Teacher of the Year 2017. I also draw from my time in managing the Housing Industry Association’s national GreenSmart program.

I designed my own sustainable home, which includes solar passive design principles, and a strong focus on the material selection that can help to reduce the operational and embodied energy in the home. I have opened my home as a part of Sustainable House Day for many years to demonstrate how solar passive homes perform and the inclusion of sustainable design features.





Green Design Solutions is for homeowners who want to live sustainably and in an energy efficient home. My sustainably designed homes embrace your climate and block so that you can reduce your demand of heating and cooling required within your home.

I design healthy, liveable, sustainable homes. I love working with clients who have a focus on a renewable future and care about reducing their environmental footprint, whilst living in a comfortable home.

I will listen to you and ask about your goals and ideas and bring these together with my green design principles to create a home for life that incorporates sustainable living and healthy living throughout your entire home.

There are also times when your new home may require a planning permit and I  understand that this can be a stressful and time consuming process for homebuyers. I also offer a planning service to help reduce the stress to clients. I have extensive experience in town planning and can prepare and manage the planning application process.

Over the last 8 years I have worked with over 80 households, guiding them on their sustainable living journey and the joy it brings me to see each and every single person make an investment for their future is truly fulfilling.

“Her knowledge in building and the environment has allowed us to plan for a home that ticks off all the boxes.”

— Ngaire McCallum and Ray Grigson, Kernot Victoria