Life-cycle assessment: We have to understand where the products that are incorporated within our houses come from, why they are used and how they are to perform.
Passive solar design: This is pretty basic for architects. Down below in the southern hemisphere, north is where the energy comes from and where the building needs to point.
Educating the occupants: Without the occupant’s interaction, no building will perform to its optimum. Our handover packs that come with the completion of our houses describe the opportunities the occupants have to interact with the house, and to make the most of the building’s performance, such as minimizing/maximizing solar access.
The general rule is to keep it simple!