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Energy-efficient and sustainable building design.

Eastern Solar Design is an award-winning, innovative building design company situated on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales.

Eastern Solar Design creates buildings for clients who value creative, enduring, and thoughtful design. We specialise in energy-efficient and sustainable design solutions.

Passive solar design principles combined with environmentally friendly and sustainable building technologies ensure practical and workable building solutions.

We offer a service from site evaluation and design concept through to completion of construction. Our documentation is of the highest quality and we can provide all levels of detail and reporting required for Council submissions.

We offer distinctive, functional designs and climate-responsive and energy-efficient, passive solar solutions.



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About Us

Eastern Solar Design is an award-winning, innovative building design company located in Taree in the Manning Valley of New South Wales. We specialise in energy-efficient and planet-friendly buildings. The company has developed a reputation for understanding client needs, for unique design solutions and resolution, and for a high level of knowledge and understanding of planning processes.

Eastern Solar Design is committed to providing the highest level of service to all our clients.

We have expertise suitable for a wide variety of sustainable building projects ranging from high-end residential projects, multi-unit developments, to commercial and retail projects. We provide for all levels of documentation and services including:

  • Site Evaluation
  • Schematic Design and Feasibility Evaluation
  • Design Development and 3D Documentation
  • Building Documentation and Approval
  • Supporting Documentation including Statement of Environmental Effects and other Planning Reports
  • Construction Documentation.

We can also offer:

  • Tender documentation and execution
  • Contract administration.

We have created buildings in Taree, Wingham, Old Bar, Wallabi Point, Smith’s Lake, Coomba, Pacific Palms, Forster, Tuncurry,  Laurieton, Dunbogan, Port Macquarie, Sydney, and many rural and regional areas of Australia as well as Auckland NZ.



For residential work, the design process begins with an initial consultation to discuss the project, and confirm that it is achievable within town planning guidelines. A preliminary project budget is also confirmed.

A fee proposal is then prepared and upon acceptance of this, a Project Design Agreement is drawn up, detailing time-frames and other aspects of the design and documentation process.

The next step is a thorough investigation and evaluation of the site, including a detailed site survey, carried out by a registered surveyor, to confirm boundaries, levels and other site features. At this point a site analysis is prepared to assess the prevailing climatic conditions; the external impacts on the site; and any influences the design may have on adjoining properties.

A detailed design brief is then formulated to determine specific requirements. This brief, combined with the site analysis and project budget, allows concept design proposals and probable project costs to be formalised.

Design development of the concepts is undertaken when there is agreement on the final design approach. Assessment of construction techniques and materials is undertaken, with reference to energy rating simulation, to produce the best outcome for the project without compromising the budgetary constraints.

Working drawings are then produced along with any other documentation required for the application to be formally considered by Council. This includes an energy assessment of the proposal. These differ depending on the State in which the project is to be constructed, as do the processes involved in gaining Council approval.

Eastern Solar Design will see the project through to final approvals being granted and to final completion, if required.

Other project types follow a similar process but compliance with Parts of the Building Code of Australia is more arduous and often requires specialist consultants to be involved. For these projects, the initial consultation would explain these additional processes and costs.

For more information about designing eco-friendly and planet-friendly homes, including mud brick, pole-framed and rammed earth homes; energy-efficient commercial properties and other green and sustainable building projects,  contact Eastern Solar Design.



Eastern Solar Design
Sustainable Building Designers

PO Box 1138
Taree NSW 2430

Phone: 02 6552 4077
Mob: 0414 654 736
Email: alan@easternsolardesign.com.au

Alan Smith — Principal and Director
Accredited Building Designer No. 6143
Chartered & Fellow Member Building Designers Association No.93092
BDA Eco-smart Designer

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