QCON and the architect initiate the design process with a site visit to determine the house style that would best suit the site and the local area.
This site visit involves a desk study to determine design style and the proper aspect of the house to maximise views and passive solar gain. This contributes to a more sustainable building.
The architect usually records the views of the site itself and explores all the possibilities of mechanical renewable energy generation systems such as solar panels, geothermal, and other emerging alternative energy sources to reduce the energy consumption of the proposed house. This achieves a high building energy rating, cutting greenhouse gas emissions and conserving energy.