July 11

 

Healthy Homes & Building Biology

By Talk Design

July 11, 2023


Healthy Homes and Building Biology is all about empowering health and environmentally-conscious homeowners, designers, and builders, to create home environments that will enable each household member to thrive, without contributing to the destruction of our environment.

Daniel is a German master carpenter working as the technical and training expert for Pro Clima Australia. He is working on a national scale to upskill the Australian construction industry to use modern methods of construction in the move to net zero energy buildings.

He has decades of experience in timber construction and energy efficiency retrofitting of timber constructions to the highest EU standards. His expertise extends to a deep understanding of building physics and how to optimise insulation and building membrane installation for energy efficiency and moisture control. Involved heavily in R&D, he is tailoring his EU experience for customised solutions unique to commercial steel frame buildings in Australia.

Through her own experiences with environmental illness and extensive research, Zara D’Cotta, Building Biology New Build Consultant, and founder of The Healthy Home, realised that unhealthy homes are making us sick. She has been on a mission to help families create healthier homes ever since.

Specialising in healthy home design and building materials, Zara empowers homeowners and building industry professionals to make informed choices, to ensure the homes they create are not only better for the planet, but their own well-being too. Zara is a graduate of the Building Biology Institute in the USA, the only institution globally to offer a certification pathway for Building Biology students wanting to specialise in new builds.

After initially studying healthy home design and building materials in Australia in 2020, she decided to pursue further studies in this specialist field, under the guidance of mentors in the fields of Building Biology, Building Science, Natural Building & Architecture, who have been pioneering the Building Biology (new build) space for 30 years.

Luke Davies, founder of Davies Construction creates designs and builds with purpose. "At Davies, we know that when we design your space, we’re designing for your unique lifestyle and wellness. We know your investment is an investment in your family and personal potential, with a mindful environment that keeps you grounded and creative."

After business struggles, he soon discovered,  that our living spaces contribute to at least a third of our well-being and that I could make a real difference. I learned how to lead people and I learned how to create a seamless fulfillment experience with fixed budgets and timelines.

Stewart Scholten from the Scholten Group are committed to building you the highest quality home with the smallest environmental impact achievable.

As certified Passive House Builders, and as a family-run business with over 35 years of experience, the Scholten Group is committed to building you the highest quality home with the smallest environmental impact achievable we are boutique builders, offering a personal touch throughout the entire building process, working as a team through the entire design and construction process. 

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