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- Talina Edwards

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Architects Declare, Architects Act – Melbourne Meeting

  This is my summary, commentary and action plan from the Architects Declare, Architects Act Meeting held in Melbourne on Wed 4th Dec.  My aim is to share this discussion with others in the Architecture community who could not be in attendance, and continue the conversation with a wider audience.   Thanks to our hosts …

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Sustainability Awards 2019 – Official Finalist

We were honoured to recently be named an official finalist of the 2019 Sustainability Awards (Single Dwelling – New), for our Owl Woods Passive House project! This was the first time we’d entered an awards, so were thrilled to be acknowledged for this sustainable Passivhaus home. If you’re new to the Passivhaus/Passive House standard, you…

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Out of office but not out of hope

Out of office but not out of hope. This is not business as usual. We’ll be joining students, workers and responsible leaders on the streets for the global climate strike. It’s time to make a stand. Join us on Friday Sept 20 at 12noon Trades Hall, Camp St., BallaratAll invited and welcome. We also recently…

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International Passive House Open Day 2019

Our Owl Woods Passive House project will be open for International Passive House Open Day on Saturday 29th June 2019 – Talk & Tour at 11am. Bookings essential, and places limited. Book your spot here. NOW SOLD OUT! Second (& final) session announced at 2pm. Book here. Download our free PDF info sheet about the…

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Sustainable House Day 2018 – Sunday Sept 16th

Download our free PDF info sheet about the sustainable specifications of the OWL WOODS PASSIVE HOUSE: SHD2018 Owl Woods Passive House Notes You can also find this home and all its specs listed on the International Passivhaus Database. New to Passivhaus? We explain the basic principles here.     It’s that time of year again – Sustainable…

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What on earth is an “Earthship”?

  Michael Reynolds – founder of Earthship Biotecture This guy has been experimenting with bio-climatic, site-specific, passive-solar-design, self-sufficient, cradle-to-cradle approach, off-grid, & eco-homes for over 40 years now! (So he has been into true-sustainability well before any of those terms even existed – a real hero of the environmentally sustainable design movement!) I was fascinated by the ethos & earthy curves…

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5 reasons YOU should come to the Smart Building and Living Expo!

Planning on renovating or building? Want an energy-efficient home?Want to live a more a sustainable life? Want to talk with some passionate experts? Then come to the Smart Building and Living Expo! Well it’s that time of year again! The nation wide Sustainable Living Festival is on once again – including our very own local Ballarat…

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How would you like your architecture?

This diagram is often referred to the “Iron Triangle” or “Triple Constraint” when it comes to Project Management. I first saw a similar venn diagram illustration in relation to graphic design, designed by Colin Harman), and the relevance was soon picked up by the architecture community. The three opposing points if the triangle are: – QUALITY: good…

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Finding Equilibrium

  When the Parlour team asked me to be a part of this inspiring series of ‘Letters to my younger self’, they posed a few questions I could reflect upon. The BIG question that is always asked is about work-life balance, and the answers are as elusive as the quest for the holy grail… So, this…

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Open House Ballarat 2017!

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…

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Join Our Team!

EDIT: (04.12.17) We have now filled the position for Architectural Assistant. We were very grateful for the high number of applications and thank each and every candidate for applying. If you’re reading this, and everything about us resonates with you, and think this sounds like your ‘dream job’, then please do still get in touch! As we…

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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…

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#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…

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

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…

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#ElementalDesign Advice 07 PASSIVE SOLAR DESIGN

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 07 PASSIVE SOLAR DESIGN “Ensure your home design responds to your climate to maintain a comfortable temperature in the home.” – Talina Edwards What are Passive Solar Design principles and why should we care? When it comes to designing a building, it just makes good sense to employ these principles as the fundamental essentials…

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“Taking Stock” (time for some reflection)

  Hi there! It is time for a quick interlude between my new blog series of #ElementalDesign Advice posts. So if you’re interested in learning a bit more about me (and my quirks!), please read on. Otherwise we will return to normal broadcasting again soon!

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#ElementalDesign Advice 06 DESIGN FOR COMFORT

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 06  DESIGN FOR COMFORT “We like 21 degrees Celsius to be comfortable – design your home to achieve this all year” – Talina Edwards Air, Water, Food, and Shelter are said to be the basic elements that humans need for survival. However when it comes to shelter, we’re no longer satisfied with a bark hut or…

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#ElementalDesign Advice 05 DESIGN FOR CLIMATE

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 05  DESIGN FOR CLIMATE “Ensure your home is designed for your local climate, throughout the seasons and into the future.” – Talina Edwards Depending on the geography and location of where you are on this planet, you will experience different climates. Theses climates are identified by their temperature (whether they are predominantly hot, mild, cool, cold)…

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#ElementalDesign Advice 04 SITE SELECTION

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 04 SITE SELECTION “When choosing your site, ensure you undertake a holistic site analysis & understand all the opportunities and constraints.” – Talina Edwards You might have a site, it might be your existing home, or you might be on the search for a new one. Whichever the case, it’s really important to gain a…

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#ElementalDesign Advice 03 BEFORE YOU START

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 03 BEFORE YOU START “Have a clear idea of WHY you want to build/extend. Ask what is your biggest dream & your greatest fear.” – Talina Edwards Before you embark on your project, you should always start with ‘why?’. There are no right of wrong answers, but it will be so much easier to set the…

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