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Talina Interviewed on The Passive House Podcast

In this episode of the Passive House Podcast, Talina joins cohost Matthew-Cutler Welsh to discuss her journey as an architect and Passive House pioneer in Australia. This conversation takes us through Talina’s education at Melbourne University, her early connections to sustainability, the launching of her own architecture practice, and the maturation of that practice into one that embraces both building physics and biophilic design. Listen to the full episode on your favourite podcast platform.


Matthew interviews Talina Edwards, founder of Talina Edwards Architecture and board member of Australian Passive House Association, about her firm's fusion of building physics and biophilia. (Read more.)


Check out Talina’s interview on the passive house podcast. Talina was pleased and honoured to be asked to share her journey, toward becoming a certified passivhaus designer on the Passive House Podcast. This podcast is one arm of The Passive House Accelerator, which is a crew doing great work to promote the dedicated and admirable work of those working within the global passivhaus community to accelerate the uptake of Passive House as a Catalyst for Zero Carbon Building. If you haven’t already, check out the podcast and all the great resource being made available by the Passive House Accelerator. Here are a couple of our recent favourite fellow interviewees and some excellent resources/communities there.

Prudence FerreiraIn this episode, Passive House Podcast cohost Matthew Cutler-Welsh interviews Prudence about her pathway to passivhaus (from professional dance to health food to corporate sustainability) and then dives into a fascinating conversation about the potential role of evolutionary algorithms, AI, and machine learning in accelerating the transition to high-performance building design, at scale, in the AEC industry.

We where especially struck by Prudence’s poetic musings on the nature of women working in architecture and the building industry. The connections made with the role of the architect being that of a choreographer who weaves and balances the many threads of bringing together the whole story of the places and spaces where we live or lives. We loved the way she so eloquently describes how the work we do is healing work for people and planet. That our role as designers is to align with the energy of both the building and the energy of our natural world – this is a theme I been reflecting on and turning over for years but don’t always find the words to articulate it in this way.

Dennis Wedlick – Dennis is a pioneer in passivhaus design in the United States, harnessing its power to tackle energy poverty. In this episode, he and Zack talk about Dennis’ journey working with Philip Johnson, to his residential projects in New York, to his work advocating for equitable access to high-performance buildings and energy security, especially in rural communities. We love how he describes passivhaus as a movement (not a style) – not unlike the Bauhaus movement. He explains how many architects have an aversion to rules, as this can feel like creativity is being stifled – however that is NOT how feels about Passivhaus. The Passivhaus Planning Package (PHPP which models the proposed building) is a performance-based tool, and is not a prescriptive set of rules for how to design, meaning it is not limiting architectural creativity. Enjoy!

There’s loads of great interviews with our colleagues here in Australia too! Here’s a couple to check out:

  • Passivhaus Certifier Luc Plowman – one of Australia’s Passivhaus-pioneers (& one of Australia’s two Passivhaus Certifiers)
  • Passivhaus teacher Daniel Kress at SmartPlus Academy who’s super-passionate about educating the world about healthy buildings
  • Architect Andy Marlow from Envirotecture – one of Australia’s most experienced Passivhaus architects
  • Structural Engineer Brett Seriani  on his journey across the world and across disciplines
  • Building Designer Simone Schenkel who’s doing great things in Melbourne
  • Fellow APHA board-member John Beurle who lives in a pioneering PHI Low-Energy straw-bale home





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