Category Archives: Green Building

#ElementalDesign Advice 08 SITE ORIENTATION

Building or renovating a green eco sustainable energy efficient home house in Ballarat Daylesford Hepburn Trentham Blackwood Buninyong Creswick Clunes Need an architect designer drafting plans builder advice help

#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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Sustainable House Day 2016 in Ballarat

 

Renovations New Building Home Green Eco Energy-Efficient Passive Solar Design Daylesford Trentham Woodend Buninyong Clunes Creswick Kyneton Castlemaine Solar Power Rammed Earth Strawbale Recycled Timber Pre Fab SIPSSustainable House Day 2016 comes to Ballarat! (And it’s just a few weeks away!)

This year it is on Sunday 11th September, with a large list of houses all over the country available for you to visit and be inspired. The full list of houses is still being updated, so keep an eye on the Sustainable House Day website, and register there to attend. It is admiral that so many people are willing to open their doors to their private homes, share their insights and proudly display how they’ve embraced sustainability.

In previous years, there has been a wide variety of homes, each of which vary with their approach to what ‘sustainability’ means to them. I’ve written before about what a truly sustainable house is, and how there are always areas of compromise and prioritising what are the most important aspects for you. You might see a traditional period home in town that have been retro-fitted with insulation, double-glazing and solar hot water to improve energy-efficiency. Or a very ‘normal’ looking family home on a block out of town that is completely off-grid with their energy and water. Or perhaps a home that focuses more on natural materials such as mud brick or straw bale construction. Some homes have completely embraced passive solar design principles…while others haven’t. It is a broad spectrum and I think you can find something new to learn with each example, and hopefully be inspired by different approaches!

There are a number of homes in the Ballarat region which you can also find on the local BREAZE (Ballarat Renewable Energy and Zero Emissions) website. BREAZE and the ‘Smart Living Ballarat’ crew have also arranged to start the day with some Sustainable House Presentations by local professionals (Dale Boucher, Mick Moloney and me!) – kicking off at 9am at the Ballarat Library.

I’ll be there to present a ‘virtual tour’ of some of my current projects, so you can gain an insight into the architectural design process, and how sustainability is approached holistically. Sustainable homes are a lot more than just adding solar panels, and this presentation will provide some helpful professional advice about the key areas to focus on to get maximum benefits and savings (for you, your wallet, and the planet!).

If you know anyone who might be interested in learning more about sustainable homes, please let them know about this free event – thanks – I’d love to see a some friendly faces there! See you on Sunday 11th September 9am – 10:30am at the Ballarat Library. Don’t forget to register here to attend.

 

Are you planning on attending Sustainable House Day this year? Or have you been in the past? Don’t be shy – let me know in the comments below!

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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!

 

It’s all about comfort! (2016 South Pacific Passive House Conference Melbourne #SPPHC2016)

I recently wrote this review for the ArchiTeam newsletter ‘Datum’ – the original article appeared here and if you’re wondering ‘What is Passive House?’, you can read more about this in my previous post.


 

It’s all about comfort! (2016 South Pacific Passive House Conference Melbourne #SPPHC2016)

Ballarat Central Regional Victoria Home Design Green Building Eco Sustainable Renovations

 

 

Comfort, you say?

  • Not too hot, not to cold – just right, always.
  • Healthy indoor air quality.
  • Calm, peaceful spaces.
  • A place for well-being.

Hands up who wants a home with these qualities?!

Heading along to the Passive House Conference in Melbourne recently, organized by the Australian Passive House Association, I was expecting a lot of technical information over the two jam-packed days. There were 24 presentations, plus workshops and a tradeshow. However, the biggest message from the local and international experts was to remind us that Passive House is all about occupant comfort, and this is achieved with well-designed (& well-built) passive buildings envelopes. This might sound obvious, but so often with discussion of the Passive House standard, the focus shifts to discussions of energy-efficiency and also the mechanical-ventilation system (which is really only a small component). Continue reading

So what is ‘Passive House’?

Passivhaus Sustainable Eco Green Architect Building Renovation Ballarat Buninyong Daylesford Castlemaine Woodend Blackwood GeelongIf you are at all interested in sustainable building, it is highly likely you have heard of ‘Passive House’.

Passive House (also known as Passivhaus where it originated in Germany) is an international method or technical standard of designing and construction a building to achieve a very high level of energy-efficiency, with little or no heating or cooling required. It is not to be confused with Solar Passive Design Principles (which includes orientation/natural ventilation/insulation/shading/thermal mass etc.) although most of these principles can still play a part in the overall design.

It is not an architectural style, but more concerned with the building science of how the building is put together and how it performs.

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Know the way, go the way, show the way

Ripple Effect, Leadership, LBWR, Ballarat

Hello there! How’s the new year treating you so far? Hope you’ve got off to a good start, and had a chance to have a break and some time for reflection about what your dreams are for 2016! I’m really excited about the year ahead, and this is for a number of reasons, and today I want to share one of them with you! I love improving myself and my business, and this year I’ll have an opportunity for some big personal and professional development with the Leadership Forum (Leadership Ballarat & Western Region) by Committee for Ballarat. Here’s how they explain the program:

Leaders Forum is LBWR’s leadership program for emerging community leaders. Participants explore the possibilities for the future of our regional communities. They:

  • Connect with a diverse range of people and established leaders to explore ideas.
  • Listen to others, learn from them and reflect on their own understandings.
  • Experience practical situations to help understand major issues affecting our regional communities.
  • Think laterally, examine issues systematically and find creative solutions.
  • Question what leadership means and develop their leadership style.
  • Broaden their understanding of how they can lead in their community to achieve positive change.
Samantha Davies and Talina Edwards Small Business Entrepreneur

Samantha Davies awarding me the ‘Peter Davies Scholarship’ for the Leadership Forum for 2016

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