Solar Solutions Design

energy efficient house design

Wantirna VIC 3152, Australia

  • Location
    Wantirna VIC 3152, Australia
  • Phone
    0419 304 998
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    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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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.


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


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)


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 – 
HIA Best Residential Building Designer – 
Torquay Project (Western Victoria Housing awards)


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
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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