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

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…

Know the way, go the way, show the way

Know the way, go the way, show the way

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…

What can camping teach us about more sustainable living?

What can camping teach us about more sustainable living?

“Take only photos, leave only footprints” We recently spent some time camping down on the Great Ocean Road, at the picturesque National Parks camping site at Johanna Beach in the Otways. There was lots to love about the experience – including sharing my three-year-old son’s joy of his first-time camping! I also noticed that there are a…

10 ways to love your ‘staycation’

10 ways to love your ‘staycation’

  10 ways to love your ‘staycation’ (or how to turn your home into a holiday retreat)! Not getting away this summer? Never mind, you can still create your own holiday at home with these top tips for re-creating that relaxing vibe! 

Charity begins at home: an alternative giving guide to help ‘save the world’

Charity begins at home: an alternative giving guide to help ‘save the world’

[UPDATED 01.12.14] Well as the year draws to an end and with the smell of Christmas is in the air already, it engages our spirit of generous giving to loved-ones… But I do hate the over-spending and over-consumption of so much non-ethical and non-sustainable “stuff”!  But this post is not a gift guide (you can find one of…

Are all sustainable homes the same? (The past, present and future of green buildings.)

Are all sustainable homes the same? (The past, present and future of green buildings.)

This post continues on our the theme of what a sustainable home is – and are they all the same? We’ll take a quick look at past, the present, and where we are (or should be!) headed in the future with regards to green buildings. Talina Edwards Architecture is a Ballarat-based studio, specialising in sustainable design, green…

Green building resource guide

Green building resource guide

Talina Edwards Architecture is a Ballarat-based studio, with a passion for sustainable design, green buildings and healthy homes. We like to help answer your questions, so if you have a query  please let us know! We’ve recently added a “Resources” page to our website, as we often find that we’re recommending links or websites to people for…

Best tips for more efficient heating this winter

Best tips for more efficient heating this winter

Talina Edwards Architecture is a Ballarat-based studio, with a passion for sustainable design, green buildings and healthy homes. We like to help answer your questions, and this post is about the “Best tips for more efficient heating this winter”. You may also be interested in our past few posts: “Best ‘green’ ways to keep YOU warm this…

Best ‘green’ ways to keep YOUR HOUSE warm this winter

Best ‘green’ ways to keep YOUR HOUSE warm this winter

Talina Edwards Architecture is a Ballarat-based studio, with a passion for sustainable design, green buildings and healthy homes. We like to help answer your questions, this week we chat about the “Best ‘green’ ways to keep YOUR HOME warm this winter”. Last week we posted the “Best ‘green’ ways to keep YOU warm this winter” and next week we’ll finish with…

Best ‘green’ ways to keep YOU warm this winter!

Best ‘green’ ways to keep YOU warm this winter!

Talina Edwards Architecture is a Ballarat-based studio, with a passion for sustainable design, green buildings and healthy homes. We like to help answer your questions, and this post is about the “Best ‘green’ ways to keep YOU warm this winter“. This is part 1; we’ll also be doing the “Best ‘green’ ways to keep YOUR HOME warm…

Talina Edwards Architecture: elemental design philosophy

Talina Edwards Architecture: elemental design philosophy

Talina Edwards Architecture is a Ballarat-based studio, with a passion for sustainable design, green buildings and healthy homes. We like to help answer your questions, and this post hopes to answer some questions we are often asked: “So what sort of architecture do you do?” and”What sort of ‘sustainable’ design do you do?”  For out latest blog post,…

Do what you love, make money, and save the world. #BHB2014

Do what you love, make money, and save the world. #BHB2014

Wow! What a weekend I’ve just had. I’ve just attended Clare Bowditch‘s AWESOME Big Hearted Business (un-)conference for the second year…and to think that both times I almost didn’t go! Last year I wasn’t sure that I (or my new business) was “creative” enough, until I kept getting signs front the universe that indeed I was and…

WHO should do sustainable design?

WHO should do sustainable design?

Talina Edwards Architecture is a Ballarat-based studio, specialising in sustainable design, green buildings and healthy homes. We like to help answer your questions, and this post is one in our series of informative articles about environmental design. We’ve already covered WHY do sustainable design, and will be covering what, where, when, and how…This week’s questions is:…

‘Sustainability Day’ at Design Build Expo 2014 Melbourne

‘Sustainability Day’ at Design Build Expo 2014 Melbourne

At Talina Edwards Architecture, we’re committed to keeping up to date with the latest news and developments in sustainable design, green buildings and healthy homes, specifically relevant to our local climate here in Ballarat (where our studio is located and much of our work), but also surrounding areas including Melbourne where many of our past and…

Happy 1st Birthday to our blog!

Happy 1st Birthday to our blog!

Talina Edwards Architecture is a Ballarat-based studio, specialising in sustainable design, green buildings and healthy homes.  Hey, Guess What?! It’s our birthday! Yes, its been one year whole since this blog began! So to celebrate, I thought I’d share a few stats, and a recap of the posts…you never know, you might’ve missed out on something…

WHY do sustainable design?

WHY do sustainable design?

Talina Edwards Architecture is a Ballarat-based studio, specialising in sustainable design, green buildings and healthy homes. We like to help answer your questions, and this post is one in our series of informative articles about environmental design. The first (and most important question) is: WHY do sustainable design? (We’ll also be covering what, where, when,…

Starting out on your green home journey? Ballarat’s ‘Smart Living and Building Expo’ (& we) can help!

Starting out on your green home journey? Ballarat’s ‘Smart Living and Building Expo’ (& we) can help!

Are you just starting out on your green home journey? Do you want a sustainably designed home but are not sure where to go, who to ask, or even how to find them in the first place? If so, you are not alone. The building process can be very daunting, especially at the very beginning.…

Folio Flashback: Sustainable House, Malvern

Folio Flashback: Sustainable House, Malvern

This house is one of my most memorable projects! I was Project Architect for this place, as a Graduate Architect, whilst working at ‘Habitus’ Architecture & Environment in Melbourne after graduating from university back in 2003. I worked closely with the director, Laurence Robinson, on this house, and he was an inspiring mentor throughout my…

World’s Biggest Green Drinks Ballarat

World’s Biggest Green Drinks Ballarat

Shortly after I moved to Ballarat, a new monthly event started up called “Ballarat Green Drinks” (BGD), which was about getting local like-minded people together for a drink and a chat, with a guest speaker to discuss something related to climate-change. The first ever event was Clive Blazey, executive chairman and founder of Diggers Club…

5 Recycling Ideas When Building Your Home (reduce/re-use/reclaim/salvage/up-cycle)

5 Recycling Ideas When Building Your Home (reduce/re-use/reclaim/salvage/up-cycle)

Did you know that it is National Recycling Week this week?! Founded by Planet Ark, it aims to bring awareness to the environmental benefits of recycling. The focus is mainly on kerbside recycling of waste at home/school/work, so I thought I’d give you some ideas beyond those basics and focus on how recycling can be…