Creating Sustainable, Liveable and Healthy Homes

Green Design Solutions focuses on creating:

  • Sustainable homes – to design solar passive homes that are responsive to climate and comfortable, to assist in reducing the occupants environmental footprint, and to reduce demands on non renewable energy and water.
  • Liveable homes – to design for aging in place and reduced mobility of occupants through liveable design principles.
  • Healthy homes – to design healthy homes for occupants through material selection and design principles.

We listen to your individual needs, assess the opportunities of your property and tailor a design solution to meet your goals for now and in the future.

At Green Design Solutions we pride ourselves on providing exceptional customer service.

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About Us

Janine Strachan is the director of Green Design Solutions and expert in Sustainable housing and Planning.

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.

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. Janine also draws from her time in managing the Housing Industry Association’s national GreenSmart program.

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

Janine also has a passion for alternative housing solutions and has built a Tiny House prototype to demonstrate how easy it can be to build a highly insulated Tiny House and was opened in July 2018. Tiny House Solutions offers a BYO Build Your Own option for those looking for freedom that Living in a Tiny House can offer. The Tiny House known as Gumnut is also on Airbnb for trialling Tiny House living. Check out Tiny House Solutions for more details.

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