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Sustainable House Day 2016 in Ballarat

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…

Your Home Designed Globally, Created and Aligned Locally

Your Home Designed Globally, Created and Aligned Locally

I often get asked to explain what I do – even when I say I’m an architect, or that I run my own architectural practice, I still get blank looks, or people want me to explain more. I’ve met some very inspiring women entrepreneurs over the past few years, and many of them have great business advice –…

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

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…

Three (very tempting!) reasons YOU should come to the Sustainable Living Festival in Ballarat!

Three (very tempting!) reasons YOU should come to the Sustainable Living Festival in Ballarat!

Want to live a more a sustainable life? The Smart Living and Building Expo can help you!       Well it’s that time of year again! The nation wide Sustainable Living Festival is on once again – including our very own local Ballarat (Buninyong) version – The Smart Building and Living Expo!This is the third…

So what is ‘Passive House’?

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…

Victoria Premier’s Sustainability Awards – Winners announced!

Victoria Premier’s Sustainability Awards – Winners announced!

I was thrilled that the winners were announced last week for the Victoria Premier’s Sustainability Awards – and local charity, Eureka Mums (with sister organisations St Kilda Mums and Geelong Mums) were awarded both the Community Award and the top gong with the Premier’s Recognition Award! The Premier’s Sustainability Awards have been run by Sustainability Victoria since 2007,  rewarding…

Is your architect a nerd?

Is your architect a nerd?

Is your architect a nerd? Um, yes I am. Are all architects nerds? Err, pretty much. You see, we need to be. Buildings are very complex things, and Architecture is more than just building… so we kind of have to be really, really, into what we do, as there’s a lot to learn! In no particular…

Folio: ‘Holiday’ at Work [Lifestyle Travel ]

Folio: ‘Holiday’ at Work [Lifestyle Travel ]

How can you get that holiday-vibe at work? Here’s what we did at a new workplace for a Travel Agency. When Leonie Spencer of Lifestyle Travel approached me to help out with the design of their new workplace, I immediately wanted to be involved. Leonie already had a great team on board, including a local…

reduce reuse recycle [and rethink]: buildings

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,…

Ballarat Smart Building and Living Expo & a GIVEAWAY!

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…

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! 

It’s all about me…and sharing the love! (Liebster Award)

It’s all about me…and sharing the love! (Liebster Award)

So, my blog has been nominated for a Liebster Award! Thanks so much Louise! Which means you get to know a bit more about me on the blog today! (Feel free to change channels now…or if you’ve ever wondered where my name came from, read on and you’ll get to find out the answer)! Some people may think of…

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…

Creative Cubby Project – Ballarat Show 2014

Creative Cubby Project – Ballarat Show 2014

You probably know by now that I’m not “just an architect” (nor just a mother), but that I also love sharing my passion with others about sustainable design, often by writing and speaking about it, and being involved with the local community. I’ve been involved with a fabulous project with a great team that brings…

Grand Designs Live Melbourne 2014

Grand Designs Live Melbourne 2014

Grand Designs Live Melbourne 2014 I have a confession to make… … I do rather like attending a home-show! Whether they’re industry-specific and more of a trade-show for construction-professionals, or a show aimed at DIYers and the average-joe, I’m all for it! There is always plenty to learn – not only from exhibits showcasing new products,…

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…

5 ways to embrace springtime (for a healthier home – and life!)

5 ways to embrace springtime (for a healthier home – and life!)

Thank goodness Winter is over here in Ballarat…well almost…we’ve had a few teaser days of glorious Spring weather. There’s a lot to love about Winter, but I am certainly ready to embrace the change of seasons and celebrate the “newness” of Spring. It has a positive feel…some sunshine, fresh air, new blossoms signifying new life…So…

WHAT Is A Sustainable House? Ballarat Green Drinks Presentation

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

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…

Staying connected (and why I’m grateful for social media)

Staying connected (and why I’m grateful for social media)

Do you like social media? I’m not ashamed to admit that I do. I first joined Facebook around the time my first son was born in the winter of 2007…and for me it was perfect timing as while I was hibernating at home with a small bub,  I felt like I’d lost connection with the…