Eco Homes don’t have to mean compromise

Eco Homes don’t have to mean compromise

Tips and Advice, Lifestyle

Most people today have a reasonably good understanding of eco homes or eco-housing and sustainable building practices, but I still have people coming to me who think that being environmentally friendly means going without some of life’s comforts.

But this isn’t the case. In fact, it’s possible to have an eco-friendly home and all the advantages that come with that – such as dramatically lower power bills for starters – without needing to compromise on comfort or lifestyle. Let me explain how …

Good for the environment, great for your lifestyle

By getting sustainable architects dion seminara architecture to create your design it’s possible to build a home or renovation that perfectly suits your lifestyle needs whilst still being environmentally responsible. Thanks to my skill and experience as an architect I can achieve both goals.

A major lifestyle consideration is comfort levels inside the home. In other words, what is the temperature and climatic conditions like inside, compared to those outside?

This is one area of confusion that I would like to clear up. There is NO reason to not install air-conditioning or heating in your home if you choose to. However, with a great home design, you will seldom need them. Using eco home design principles I can create a home for you that is naturally warmer in winter and naturally cooler in summer without the need for electronic heating or cooling. And by using the correct level of insulation on those days where you might need to turn something on, you won’t need to run it for long to keep your home comfortable. So you save on power bills, whilst helping the environment.


So it’s easy to see that you don’t need to compromise on comfort or lifestyle when building an eco-friendly home, but did you know that eco-housing principles can actually enhance the liveability of your home?

Let me give you a few examples …

Let’s look at water conservation. Eco-friendly is in part about water conservation. A new home or renovation that adheres to eco home building principles will most likely have a hot water circulation pump installed. These small pumps are highly energy efficient using little power as they circulate hot water through your pipes. The result is instant hot water the moment you turn on the tap! Not only do you save water, you now have greater comfort levels by being able to wash your hands and face with warm water instead of cold.

But it’s not just water conservation. Saving money on electricity by not needing to run air-conditioners or heaters is great for your hip pocket, but what about your health? I don’t know about you but I always feel healthier when I am in the fresh air and would much prefer a cool breeze to refrigerated air. Similarly whilst electric and gas heating can warm me, I feel more vibrant and alive when being warmed by the sun’s rays coming through the window on a winter’s day.

Eco homes

So as you can see eco home building principles do not need to come at the cost of comfort or lifestyle, they can, in fact, improve the liveability of your home whilst helping the planet we live on.

If you would like to enjoy the financial, lifestyle and health benefits of eco-housing contact us today and let dion seminara architecture in Brisbane create a lifestyle enhancing eco-design for your home.

Dion Seminara Architect


Hi, I am Dion Seminara, practicing architect and licensed general builder for 20 years as well as an environmental sustainable design (ESD) expert. I graduated from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) with honours, QLD in 1989. Registered as an architect in 1991 and registered as a builder in 1992, I am also a fellow member of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA). Having received 12 ArCHdes Residential Architecture Awards, LJ Hooker Flood Free Home Design Award and the 2016 AIA Regional Commendation for Public Architecture, my expertise with both residential renovation (to all types of houses, especially Queenslanders, 50s/60s/80s), new contemporary homes and luxury residences has earned me a reputation as one of Brisbane's architectural specialists in lifestyle design architecture, interior design and landscape design.