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#ElementalDesign Advice 08 SITE ORIENTATION

#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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Sustainable House Day 2016 in Ballarat

  Sustainable 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…

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)     Comfort, you say? Not too hot, not…

So what is ‘Passive House’?

If 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…

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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…

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reduce reuse recycle [and rethink]: buildings

reduce reuse recycle [and rethink]: buildings When it comes to caring for the environment, we’re all pretty used to the concept of “The Three R’s”, in terms of sorting our household waste, upcycling furniture, or embracing vintage fashion… but what about when it comes to buildings? As an architect with a passion for sustainable design,…

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Ballarat Smart Building and Living Expo & a GIVEAWAY!

Talina Edwards Architecture is proud to announce we will be attending Ballarat’s Smart Building and Living Expo once again this year, as part of the statewide events for the Sustainable Living Festival. Last year was such a great day – with lots of sustainable products and services – and I met so many lovely people who…

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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…

WHAT Is A Sustainable House? Ballarat Green Drinks Presentation

  Talina Edwards Architecture is a Ballarat-based studio, specialising in sustainable design, green buildings and healthy homes. We like to help answer your questions about environmental design. We recently began a series of posts covering the WHY, WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN and HOW of sustainable design. You can read about the “WHY” here and the…

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…

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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…

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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…

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,…

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

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…

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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…

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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!

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

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…

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…