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My photo of the fabulous old-school paper program, printed by The Saturday Paper - love it!

Open House Ballarat 2017!

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Have you heard the exciting* news?!

(*Well there’s plenty of people who are excited, and I hope you will be too!)

Open House Melbourne has joined forces with the City of Ballarat and Visit Ballarat to bring the first regional event here to Ballarat! Hurrah! Welcome to the inaugural Open House Ballarat! It really is like another gold-rush of creative goodness happening here right now.

As co-chair of the Ballarat Regional Architects Network (along with another local architect Mick Moloney), it has been great getting to know the fabulous team at Open House Melbourne in the lead up to this event. We are very proud that this is an opportunity to share our love for architecture and design and celebrate it with our community and visitors to our city.

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My photo of the fabulous old-school paper program, printed by The Saturday Paper – love it!


 

 

 

 

There will be a range of buildings open (not just ‘houses’!) over the weekend of October 28th and 29th, plus a film screening plus kids activities and more which are FREE! Note that some open houses do require advance booking as places are strictly limited. See more at http://www.openhousemelbourne.org/ballarat/ballarat-buildings.

What are my top picks, I hear you ask?! We are spoilt for choice, but here’s a few that I haven’t been to yet! (And there’s a stack on the program that I love but have already visited.)
Open House Ballarat Two Halves House

The two-halves house is a gorgeous example of contemporary residential architecture, and designed by my mates! The owners did an amazing job by owner-building (project-managing) this themselves, so kudos to the whole team! 

 

Open House Ballarat Bishops Palace

For those who love heritage homes and a bit of grandeur from yesteryear, check out Bishops Palace as it is sure to impress! And those pitched gable-ends are so on-trend again right now ;o)

 

 

Open House Ballarat ACU Chapel

I’m keen to check out the chapel at ACU which was recently renovated by local architects – I love the use of timber, stone and the contemporary stained glass window with the interesting trussed roof. I’m always fascinated by spiritual buildings.

 

 

Open House Ballarat Integrated Health Services

The brand new Ballarat Community Health building appears to have the most sustainable design features out of the Open Houses in Ballarat (which is what we love to see!) and it looks like a lovely, light-filled space that promotes wellness.

 

The Open House Ballarat weekend is also part of Ballarat’s Season of the Arts program, so there are lots of great reasons to enjoy our beautiful city at the moment! Hope to see you around town experiencing how great architecture can make a difference in our world!

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All images sourced from www.openhousemelbourne.org/ballarat unless noted otherwise.


Have you ever been to an Open House event? Which Ballarat building would you love to see? I’ve love to hear about it in the comments below!

We aim to answer questions about sustainable design, green buildings and healthy homes, also with reference to our local climate (Regional Ballarat area and Melbourne) in future articles. Don’t forget you can sign up to receive our news so you won’t miss out on our posts!

Join Our Team!

JOIN OUR TEAM!

JOIN OUR GROWING TEAM! 
Position Available: Architectural Assistant / Architectural Technician & Documenter (Part-time)
( Architecture Graduate / Building Designer Graduate)

We’re a small architectural practice located in Ballarat Central with a passion for beautiful, sustainable and healthy architecture.

The successful applicant will share our values:
– sustainability: environmental, social/cultural, economical & spiritual
– creativity, innovation, intuition, intellect
– communication & collaboration
– genuine, ethical, honest
– seeker (& sharer) of knowledge & wisdom
– resourceful & shows initiative

The successful applicant will have the following professional experience and skills:
– Experience in all stages of architectural services delivery (Sketch Design, Design Development, Planning Permit Documentation, Construction Documentation)
– Familiarity with Apple Mac platform
– Proficiency with AutoCAD 2D (no, we don’t use Revit or ArchiCAD yet, but might in future if you have the skills!)
– Current construction knowledge & architectural documentation experience
– Strong verbal and written communication skills (for client relations and consultant liaison)

Other desirable skills:
– Confidence with Photoshop for architectural-presentations
– SketchUp Pro 3D modelling
– Qualified FirstRate/NatHERS Energy Rater/Assessor
– Certified Passive House Designer
– Building Science enthusiast

Benefits of joining us:
– Fabulous opportunity to join our growing practice and be an integral part of our team who share the same values & vision
– Collaborative working environment in great studio space
– Flexible working hours (part-time with potential to be full-time) 
– Future career progression opportunities
– Salary will be market-rate compensation, commensurate with your qualifications, skills and experience
– We pride ourselves on being an equitable workplace

We welcome applications via email – please send your CV/Portfolio to studio@talinaedwards.com.au

My new Studio!

Hi there,

I know things have been a bit quieter than usual here on the blog. There’s plenty of posts waiting patiently in the wings, ready for their time to shine! But they’ve been on the sidelines as a lot of fabulous new sustainable home designs are taking up my precious time!

You might have noticed on Social Media that I moved into a new studio a few months back. (It’s been hard not to share my love for this space!) Here’s a few pics:

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It is a work in progress as I take time to set up.

I’m also on the lookout for a Studio-Buddy to share the space with me… so if you know of anyone who might be interested, please send them my way for more details!

Thanks,

Ballarat Sustainable Architect Green Builder

 

 

#ElementalDesign Advice 08 SITE ORIENTATION

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#ElementalDesign Advice 08  SITE ORIENTATION

“Understand the sun’s movement across your site throughout the day/year, and design to take advantage of it.” – Talina Edwards

What does orientation really mean and why is it important? This is really all about the sun’s movement across your site (and the shade), and needs to be assessed for different times of the day, and different times of the year, so you can use sunlight to your advantage!

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10 ways to keep cool this summer (without air-conditioning)

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After a long, wet and cold Winter, we are finally embracing Summer! We’ve been craving the warmer weather, however we’re now faced with trying to stay comfortable during the heat…ahh the joys of living in a temperate climate! There are ways to keep you and your home cooler, without immediately installing energy-guzzling air-conditioning.

‘Why wouldn’t I just switch on the AC?’
As an architect with a passion for sustainable buildings, I know that it is possible to design homes that are a lot more comfortable than the ‘wooden tents’ many of us inhabit. If our homes are designed to be more energy-efficient, then we can save a large amount of money in terms of running costs, and there are also huge savings in terms of reducing carbon emissions. Our climate is changing, so these extremes in weather will increase, and our comfort levels will be challenged, and we’ll resort to more heating and cooling – can you see the vicious cycle here that we’ve got ourselves into?

‘So, what can I do?’
If you’re planning a new home or renovation, then of course it’s much easier to get the design of your building right from the start! There are ways to upgrade or retrofit existing homes too, and look at your behaviour.

1. INSULATION: We all hear about the importance of insulating our homes for winter to keep us warm inside – and this is equally important in summer. Think of your home as an ‘esky’ – we ideally want insulation to the roof, walls and floor, so we can have more control over the temperature inside. This creates a buffer between our ideal comfort range (around 21degrees C), and the extremes outside.

2. DRAFT-PROOFING: We want to seal those sneaky gaps where unwanted hot/cold air can get in or out. Then you can have control over when you open your windows/doors (when there’s a cool breeze).

3. SHADING: Windows are considered a weak spot in the fabric of the building envelope – like cutting a hole in your esky. Double-glazing is helpful to reduce heat loss in winter, but in summer we also want to keep the direct sun off the glass. Think of how your car turns into a sauna on a hot day. Shading to the outside of the windows works best – whether that be eaves, awnings, verandahs, external blinds, shade cloth, deciduous vines or trees.

4. ‘SHUTDOWN MODE’: On those really hot days, close your curtains and blinds inside if possible to help keep that heat out. Don’t open the windows during the day (especially when there are hot northerlies blowing.) Keep your lights switched off too as your globes can emit a lot of heat.

5. NIGHT PURGE: If your home has heated up during the day (especially if you have internal thermal mass), then leave your windows open at night to take advantage of cooler breezes. If mosquitos or safety are concerns, install some good quality insect screens and/or security screen doors.

6. FANS: Turn on fans only when you will be in the room with them. You can create your own ‘evaporative cooling’ by placing a wet sarong in front of an upright fan, or a gentle water mist. Don’t forget to check that your ceiling fans are set to ‘summer-mode’ if you swapped them over during winter.

7. YOUR BODY: There are also lots of old-school ways to keep you more comfortable. Undress, or wear breathable natural fibres. Keep a spray bottle handy with some essential oils added to the water for a refreshing mist. Dampen a cotton scarf (or tea-towel) to keep your neck cool. Sit with your feet in a bucket of iced water. Get some ice-gel wristbands. Freeze a ‘hot’ water bottle to sleep with.

8. COOKING: Use your BBQ to cook outside. Or stick to a raw-food diet, antipasto, sandwiches, etc.

9. ESCAPE: Go to beach, lake, river, local swimming pool or water park – anywhere there’s water so you can cool down. Don’t forget to slip, slop, slap, seek, slide! Or escape to a public place with cooling such as the cinema, library, art gallery, museum, shopping centre, or I can recommend the frozen section of the supermarket (or the cool-room at the back of a bottle-shop!).

10. EVAPORATIVE COOLING: Evaporative Cooling units use less energy than Air Conditioners, but you have to understand how they work (requiring air flow and water consumption), get an efficient model that’s the right size for your home and ensure you are in the right climate (they are better suited to dry rather than humid zones).

Hope you can see how easy it can be to make some of these changes, so you can keep your cool over summer!

Do you have an air-conditioner or an evaporative cooler? Or do you rely on low-energy solutions like fans and some of the above suggestions? Let me know in the comments below!

Ballarat Sustainable Architect Green Builder


Talina Edwards Architecture: elemental design is a Ballarat-based studio, with a passion for sustainable design, green buildings and healthy homes.Click here to ensure you won’t miss out on our news!