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How to create a passive house and how to electrify your home and car

June 26 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Join the highly sought after Certified Passivhaus Designer and Architect Talina Edwards at ORTO Farm!

Passivhaus is the German word for a home that is built tight with no leaky windows and doors, correctly applied insulation, a focus on quality instead of quantity, correct use of thermal mass, orientation and shading.

Talina is based in Ballarat and brings her extensive hands on experience, case studies and articulate communication skills to ORTO.

This session is for those who are retrofitting, building from scratch, or in a position to improve their rental property.

Talina will be joined by Frank Forster from EnviroShop Newstead.

EnviroShop Newstead are excellent at looking and analysing the “big picture” first, to see where solar, batteries, heat pumps, and electric vehicles can fit in. Their passion is energy efficiency and renewable energy.

This four-hour session is going to be packed with information with two highly experienced professionals. I will be here as host and to share my experiences, as together with my partner,I have retrofitted a small double brick 1950’s home in Melbourne based on passive house principles and our current home is built using the light earth method (straw mixed with a slip of water and clay) and pressed into form work, also using passive house principles.

This event offers the opportunity for you to “learn what you don’t know you don’t know”, or to consolidate your approach.

We will deliver a slide show, case studies and host a question-and-answer time slot.

There will be three of us here to answer questions and to share our experiences.

Tea (herbal and caffein rich) coffee and cakes provided.

This session will be hosted in the bread baking room, which is undercover and has some wind protection but is not a sealed room. We will have the bread oven fired up to give us a cosy warmth. Please bring warm clothing, a warm hat and also a little blanket. Our hot drinks and cakes will keep you toasty.

Don’t hesitate to ask me your host, questions prior to the date. Arrivederci cari amici, e grazie mille from mara


June 26
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


ORTO Straw Eco Farm
Blampied, Vic 3461 Australia


Village Dreaming


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How to create a passive house
A$ 150.00

Refund Policy: We are extremely sorry to say that it is not possible to give refunds once payment is made regardless of lead up-time. It is possible however for you to transfer your enrolment to a friend or acquaintance.

In light of on and off lockdowns due to Covid, we will do our best to reschedule classes at the earliest time possible. If the class cannot be re-scheduled then a refund will be provided. Much huge care and all the very best from mara

We look forward to meeting you!