Solar Solutions Design

energy efficient house design

At Solar Solutions Design, we are a market leading, multi-award winning house design company with over 20 years experience. We create homes that achieve the highest energy ratings and comfort levels. We will design your home combining your ideas and our experience to create a building that suits your site and is uniquely yours.

About Us

Solar Solutions Design / DPE House Design Studio are an award winning design team offering high quality services in energy efficient design and products with 25 years experience. Our new brand DPE House Design Studio will continue to strive to design the best homes possible for our clients. DPE House Design Studio design energy efficient homes and commercial buildings, upgrade existing homes and supply quality products. We are committed to delivering the highest quality energy efficient and healthy home designs that go beyond the minimum standards at an affordable rate. We are an industry leader in energy efficient design and has been recognised by winning multiple high profile awards. Each design by DPE House Design Studio is individual and aimed at suiting the style the client prefers, be it contemporary, country or coastal. The company’s award-winning 3D visualisation techniques ensure there are no surprises out on the site. Clients can view the design, select colours and “walk around” their new home before it’s even built. This process helps them visualise their homes and enables our team to understand all the construction details of a new home.
  • Location
    WANTIRNA, VIC, 3152
  • Phone
    0419 304 998
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  • Expertise
    Darren is the founder of Solar Solutions design and DPE House Design Studio, he has over 30 years experience in Building Design & Architectural Drafting in both residential & commercial projects. He is passionate about energy efficiency and is committed to delivering it to the mainstream community. Darren is a HIA Green Smart Professional and has also been a HIA Trainer for the course. Darren has been a representative on the Australian Building Code Board, implementing Energy Efficiency throughout Australia.1997-2007 Conducted Seminars/workshops on Energy Efficient and Healthy Housing for the general public. 2004 Interviewed by the Australian Greenhouse Office for the new ‘your home’ DVD, one of only 12 designers selected throughout Australia. 2001 Involvement in the publication of the ‘your home’ technical manual by the Australian Green House Office. 1999-2001 Executive Member of the Building Designers Association of Victoria.

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We specialise in Energy Efficient and Sustainable design and can recommend and supply quality products to improve your existing home. A breakdown of our services is as follows:

Planbooks (Pre-designed energy efficient homes) Study sets

Custom Design Individual homes Multi-Unit developments Commercial buildings Town planning drawings Working drawings & detailed specifications 3D Visualisation Existing Home Upgrades Existing house reports Green Guide (A guide to making your existing home more energy efficient)

Latest Projects

We have projects located in states all over Australia. Our latest projects are located in Lysterfield South, Strathdale, Horsham, Plenty and Seville.



BDA – Winner – Best use of Colorbond Bluescope Steel –Palmerston Residence


Bayside Built Environment Awards – Winner – Best Ecological Sustainable Design –Hampton Residence


BDA – Winner – Best use of CSR Products –Blackburn Residence


HIA-CSR Victorian Housing awards – Residential Building Designer of the year – Winner – Yarra Glen > More Info BDANSW – Winner – New residential buildings 351m2 – 450m2 – Yarra Glen > More Info BDAV Residential design new houses $500k - $1M construction cost – Commendation – Yarra Glen > More Info Greensmart National – Greensmart Professional - Finalist


National Greensmart Energy efficient – Finalist – Balnarring Beach Project HIA-CSR Victorian Housing awards – Greensmart Energy Efficiency – Finalist – Eynesbury Residence


HIA-CSR Victorian best custom built $700,000 - 1,000,000 - Upper Beaconsfield > More Info HIA-CSR HIA Best Energy Efficient Custom Home of 2009 (Victoria) Balnarring Beach > More Info BDAA Best Environmentally & Energy Efficient Building - Metung Passive Home (National Award) BDAA – National Design Awards – Winner – Premier award for design excellence – Upper Beaconsfield Estate BDAA – National Design Awards – Commendation – Residential new buildings up to 250m2 – Barrabool Hills BDANSW – Winner – New residential buildings 351m2 – 450m2 – Upper Beaconsfield Estate BDANSW – New residential buildings 251m2 – 350m2 – Balnarring Beach Project
2008 HIA-GREENSMART Energy Efficient Award - Sandringham Project (National Award) HIA-CSR Victorian Building Designer of the Year - Barrabool Estate BDNSW The Paul Dass Memorial Award - Barrabool Estate BDNSW Best Residential Buildings up to 250m2 - Barrabool Estate BDNSW Best Environmentally Sustainable Building - Metung Passive Home HIA Overall Energy Efficient Housing - Barrabool Estate (Western Victoria Housing Awards) HIA Best Custom Built Home $350,000-$500,000 - Barrabool Estate (Western Vic. Housing Awards) HIA Best Overall Residential Building Designer - Barrabool Estate (Western Victoria Housing Awards)
2007 HIA-CSR Victorian Energy Efficient Custom Built Home Design - Sandringham Project HIA-CSR Victorian Building Designer of the Year - Torquay Project BDAV Best Energy Efficient Design - Residential HIA Best Residential Building Designer - Torquay Project (Western Victoria Housing awards)
2006 BDAV Best Energy Efficient Design - Residential BDAV Best Residential Design of a New Home - Up to $300,000 MBA Best custom home over $500,000 (North East Regional Awards) HIA Best Energy Efficient Custom Home of 2006/07(Victoria) Bayside Built Environment Awards - Best Environmentally Sustainable Design


BDAV Best Use of CAD (Computer Aided Design)



BDAV Best Use of CAD (Computer Aided Design)



BDAV Best Residential Design of a Contract Home: Over 400m2



BDAV Best Design incorporating Environmental & Energy Efficient Principles



BDAV Best Design incorporating Environmental & Energy Efficient Principles



BDAV Best Design incorporating Energy Efficient Principles

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