A passive home becomes a forever home in the beautiful form of Owl Woods Passive House, the sustainable masterwork of Talina Edwards of Talina Edwards Architecture; winner of the National Design Excellence Award at the 2020 BDAA National Design Awards.

The timber made, sleekly lined, divinely angular home also reigned as the winner of the New residential buildings 251 – 350 sqm and over $2,500 / sqm, sponsored by Brickworks.

Passivhaus is a global trend still new in Australia. The Owl Woods Passive House is, in fact, 1 of the first 20 certified Passivhaus projects in the entire country.

The project demonstrates that sustainable design and good, eye-catching building design can be one and the same.

To respond to the climate crisis, says Talina Edwards, building designers must design structures with a lower carbon-footprint. Passivhaus projects can deliver on net-zero buildings due to their high-performance “fabric-first” approach, which ensures very low operational energy.

Housing clients crave the quality assurance that a Certified Passive House delivers – with quantifiable predictability of performance. The additional outlay to achieve this outcome was estimated at less than 10%. The operational energy of a CPH can be 90% lower than a standard home, resulting in substantial savings in operational costs over a building’s lifespan.

Talina Edwards Architecture is an elemental design studio and an award-winning practice based in regional Victoria. The dedicated team of three women are passionate about creating healthy, beautiful, functional, comfortable and sustainable architecture. Talina is a Certified Passive House Designer, which is rigorous training to an international standard to deliver the healthiest, highest-performing and lowest-energy buildings in the world. Talina embraces this scientific, rational and practical side of architecture, as well as the more creative and intuitive path to design. She employs a holistic and collaborative approach, integrating biophilic design to improve our wellbeing by connecting to nature. Talina is committed to the ideology of the ‘Living Future Institute’ which aims to redirect our future towards a society that is socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative.