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Spaces with Sam Buckby https://smarterbuildings.com.au Smarter Buildings Sam Buckby Mon, 17 Aug 2020 16:00:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.18 The <a href="http://smarterbuildings.com.au/spaces">Spaces</a> podcast focuses on current industry trends, what makes a space ‘inspirational’, and why inspired designers, architects and builders create what they create. The podcast is for people to gain insight into the world we build for ourselves, to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happier spaces.<br /> <br /> Join Sam Buckby each week as he interviews industry experts and dives deeper into design, construction, technology and the evolution the spaces we choose to spend our time in… Now… And in the future.<br /> <br /> Spaces influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. They have such an impact on our lives and most of us rarely stop to think about how they should be designed, let alone lived in.<br /> <br /> Spaces brings you stories that will inspire you on the choices you make for the spaces you live, and how today’s advancements and technology are making buildings more functional than ever.<br /> <br /> Listen in for motivation and insight into the world we build for ourselves, to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happier spaces. Sam Buckby clean serial Sam Buckby sam@buckbyelectrical.com.au sam@buckbyelectrical.com.au (Sam Buckby) Smarter Buildings Sam Buckby Spaces with Sam Buckby http://smarterbuildings.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Spaces-Podcast-Cover-Art.png https://smarterbuildings.com.au Melbourne, Australia Weekly Episode 25. Lighting up our health and wellness and the evolution of COVID killing lights with David O’Driscoll (Part 2) https://smarterbuildings.com.au/episode-25-david-odriscoll-part-2/ Mon, 17 Aug 2020 16:00:27 +0000 http://smarterbuildings.com.au/?p=926 https://smarterbuildings.com.au/episode-25-david-odriscoll-part-2/#respond https://smarterbuildings.com.au/episode-25-david-odriscoll-part-2/feed/ 0 Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happier spaces. On this episode, we welcome back lighting expert David O’Driscoll. During part […] Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happier spaces.

On this episode, we welcome back lighting expert David O’Driscoll. During part two of this episode, David continues our education on UV light and the new technology of UV-C germicidal lighting systems by Bright Green.

We also discussed:

  • – David explains UV-A, UV-B and UV-C lighting.
  • – The power of UVC lighting including its potential to kill COVID.
  • – David explains the UV-C germicidal lighting product.
  • – The comparison between manual cleaning and UV-C germicidal lighting.
  • – Safety and automated systems that are required when using UV-C germicidal lighting.
  • – The costs related to installing this system through Bright Green.
  • – The scheduling and detection systems used with UV-C germicidal lighting.
  • – Research results conducted by Harvard and the book ‘Healthy Buildings’.
  • – When we can expect the release of UV-C germicidal lighting by Bright Green.

Enjoy this week’s Spaces episode with David O’Driscoll

Links:

David’s LinkedIn

Bright Green

Read the Germicidal UV-C Lighting White Paper

Healthy Buildings – How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity Hardcover by Joseph G. Allen.

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Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happie... Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happier spaces. On this episode, we welcome back lighting expert David O’Driscoll. During part […] Sam Buckby 55:16
Episode 24. Lighting up our health and wellness and the evolution of COVID killing lights with David O’Driscoll (Part 1) https://smarterbuildings.com.au/episode-24-david-odriscoll-part-1/ Tue, 04 Aug 2020 04:00:38 +0000 http://smarterbuildings.com.au/?p=925 https://smarterbuildings.com.au/episode-24-david-odriscoll-part-1/#respond https://smarterbuildings.com.au/episode-24-david-odriscoll-part-1/feed/ 0 Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happier spaces. On this episode, we welcome business owner David O’Driscoll. This episode was […] Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happier spaces.

On this episode, we welcome business owner David O’Driscoll. This episode was so interesting that we decided to break it into two parts. During part one of this episode, we speak with David about the spaces we live in and the impact lighting can have on our health.

We also discussed:

  • – The story behind Bright Green Lighting.
  • – The evolution in our understanding of light and lightbulbs.
  • – Ways in which lighting can move us towards a future of better health in our homes and places of work.
  • – Global trends of lighting including wellness, efficiency and mood.
  • – David shares some interesting, and recent, research results.
  • – The impact that light has had on our health and wellness.
  • – Our physiological reaction to a change in coloured lights.
  • – Productivity can be improved by changing lighting, and David explains how we can achieve this.
  • – David explains the different types of light that can be used in a home build.

Enjoy this week’s Spaces episode with David O’Driscoll

 

Links:

David’s LinkedIn

Bright Green

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Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happie... Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happier spaces. On this episode, we welcome business owner David O’Driscoll. This episode was […] Sam Buckby 29:55
Episode 23. Supercharging Building Performance, Energy Efficiency and Sustainability with Jackson Digney https://smarterbuildings.com.au/episode-23-jackson-digney/ Thu, 16 Jul 2020 03:00:49 +0000 http://smarterbuildings.com.au/?p=916 https://smarterbuildings.com.au/episode-23-jackson-digney/#respond https://smarterbuildings.com.au/episode-23-jackson-digney/feed/ 0 Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happier spaces. On this episode, we welcome Jackson Digney, and Enduro Builder for focus’s […] Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happier spaces.

On this episode, we welcome Jackson Digney, and Enduro Builder for focus’s on Passive homes and Earthships.

  • We also discussed:
  • -Jackson is a Builder specialising in sustainable and energy-efficient builds.
  • -The difference between Passive Homes and the Earthship.
  • -Jackson’s journey to working on Earthships.
  • -The advantages and features of a fully self-sustainable Earthship.
  • -Design flexibility, and limitations when designing an Earthship.
  • -Aesthetics of an Earthship and the ability to re-use and upcycle materials.
  • -Jackson explains the two main ways to construct an Earthship.
  • -Pounded tyre Earthships
  • -Passive Houses and Earthships and the certification process’ required for each.
  • -Jacksons connection with both Mike Reynolds and Martin Freney.
  • -The human interaction with Earthships and positing of the building.
  • -Passive houses are self-sustaining, whereas Earthships need a ‘sailor’.
  • -Jackson’s view on sustainability and our society.
  • -The true definition of sustainability and energy efficiency.
  • -The future of Earthships in the building industry.
  • -Commercial Earthships.
  • -Client education grows a generation of sustainable home builders.
  • -Jackson’s ‘Lost In Space’ question shootout.

Enjoy this week’s Spaces episode with Jackson Digney

Links:

Earth Ships

Contact Mike Reynolds

Contact Martin Freney

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Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happie... Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happier spaces. On this episode, we welcome Jackson Digney, and Enduro Builder for focus’s […] Sam Buckby 1:02:31
Episode 22. The Art of Luxury Downsizing with Author Kym Lackmann. https://smarterbuildings.com.au/episode-22-kym-lackmann/ Wed, 03 Jun 2020 05:30:02 +0000 http://smarterbuildings.com.au/?p=910 https://smarterbuildings.com.au/episode-22-kym-lackmann/#respond https://smarterbuildings.com.au/episode-22-kym-lackmann/feed/ 0 Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happier spaces. On this episode, we welcome downsizing guru and author, Kym Lackmann. We […] Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happier spaces.

On this episode, we welcome downsizing guru and author, Kym Lackmann.

We also discussed:

  • – Kym shares what led her to write her book, ‘ The Art of Luxury Downsizing: How to Edit and Create Your New Home in Style’
  • – We should be comfortable with when downsizing before making the transition.
  • – Kym explains that we don’t need as space as we think we do.
  • – Kym suggests creating living adjustments by using public facilities.
  • – Consideration of communal private spaces like cellars.
  • – Differences between men and women when it comes to design.
  • – Considering sustainability when de-cluttering.
  • – Kym’s top tips for working with smaller spaces during COVID-19.
  • – Kym’s feedback for developers
  • – Multiuse and single-use locations in the home.
  • – Kym, in her book, encourages us to make space for passion projects.
  • – Conversions to homes that improved accessibility.
  • – Upcoming projects for Kym.
  • – Kym’s ‘Lost In Space’ question shootout.

Enjoy this week’s Spaces episode with Kym Lackmann

Enjoy this week’s Spaces episode with Kym Lackmann.

Links:

Kym Lackmann
Kym’s Book

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Episode 21. Creating a space for children to learn with Sonja Walker https://smarterbuildings.com.au/epiosde-21-sonja-walker/ Tue, 19 May 2020 06:58:47 +0000 http://smarterbuildings.com.au/?p=903 https://smarterbuildings.com.au/epiosde-21-sonja-walker/#respond https://smarterbuildings.com.au/epiosde-21-sonja-walker/feed/ 0 Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happier spaces. On this episode, we welcome the Founder and Director of ‘Kids First […] Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happier spaces.

On this episode, we welcome the Founder and Director of ‘Kids First Children Services’. At the time of recording this episode, we were in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a teacher, Sonja gives us some excellent advice around creating spaces in our homes for our children to learn.

In this episode, we discuss also discussed:

  • -Sonja is a teacher and works for Kids First Children Services.
  • -Sonja’s husband was diagnosed with cancer last year, so she is in an at-risk household.
  • -The switch to Telehealth and online services at Kids First Children Services’.
  • -Sonja tells us how to create a functional space for children to learn at home.
  • -As adults, we need to be aware of the mental capacity of children of all ages.
  • -Sonja encourages parents to consider the thoughts and feelings of our children and giving them a say in the changes to their daily lives.
  • -Tweaking our homes and becoming flexible is the key to normality.
  • -Sonja explains it is important to give children structure, as well as room to move.
  • -Sonja walks us through creating a visual schedule.
  • -Asking yourself ‘will this matter in 5 years’ and taking a step back to see the big picture.
  • -The importance of a child’s feet touching the floor while learning.
  • -Sonja encourages us to be as gentle on ourselves as possible during this time.
  • -Although educational progress is important, what matters more is the mental health of our children.
  • -The future for the work and school spaces when we return to normality.
  • -Sonja’s ‘Lost In Space’ question shootout.

Enjoy this week’s Spaces episode with Sonja Walker

Links:

Kids First Children Services

Listen to the last Spaces Podcast here

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Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happie... Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happier spaces. On this episode, we welcome the Founder and Director of ‘Kids First […] Sam Buckby clean 51:16
Episode 20. The science of colour and how it influences us with Tracey McLeod and Tracie Rodwell-Dunne https://smarterbuildings.com.au/episode-20-tracey-mcleod-tracie-rodwell-dunne/ Mon, 27 Apr 2020 20:00:36 +0000 http://smarterbuildings.com.au/?p=895 https://smarterbuildings.com.au/episode-20-tracey-mcleod-tracie-rodwell-dunne/#respond https://smarterbuildings.com.au/episode-20-tracey-mcleod-tracie-rodwell-dunne/feed/ 0 Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happier spaces. On this episode, we welcome Tracey McLeod & Tracie Rodwell-Dunne, both who […] Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happier spaces.

On this episode, we welcome Tracey McLeod & Tracie Rodwell-Dunne, both who are colour psychologists. We discuss the impact of colour not only in our homes but in the clothing we wear and the effect they have on our emotions in our environment

We also discussed:

  • -Colour and how it influences our daily lives.
  • -Colour Psychology is based on the energy of colour and how we react and respond to that energy.
  • -Tracie is a retired interior designer and now owns a decorating and design school.
  • -She has worked with colour for over 30 years and shares that she has cravings for particular colours, like others get cravings for food.
  • -Colours we wear vs the colour in a design.
  • -Tracey started her relationship with colour when she worked for not-for-profit marketing.
  • -After working in the marketing space she started a business in home staging.
  • -Tracey has long since used colour in marketing and shares the improvement colour can have on the sale of a home.
  • -Cultural impacts of how we perceive the energy of colour from Tracie’s experience.
  • -Tracey has completed colour psychology readings in over 350 homes. During this process, she gets the whole family involved in choosing a colour for the family home.
  • -Tracie shares some of the emotional changes she has seen in office workspaces when the wall colour has been changed.
  • -Sam, as a lighting contractor, shares his experience of working with graphic designers.
  • -Tracie works with lighting engineers and the effect lighting has on colour.
  • -How lighting can be used in hospitals and the effect they have on family members visiting patients.
  • -Tracie gives us advice on colour in office spaces.
  • -Tracey speaks about colour in branding and the message it sends out.
  • -Adding value to homes through colour with Tracey.
  • -Tracie speaks about colour in the home and public spaces.
  • -The authority of colour in, for example, in police uniforms.
  • -Tracey McLeod & Tracie Rodwell’s ‘Lost In Space’ question shootout.

Enjoy this week’s Spaces episode with Tracey McLeod & Tracie Rodwell-Dunne

Links:
Contact Tracey McLeod and Tracie Rodwell-Dunne

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Episode 19. Finding the destination of happiness with Angie Hilton https://smarterbuildings.com.au/episode-19-angie-hilton/ Tue, 14 Apr 2020 06:19:52 +0000 http://smarterbuildings.com.au/?p=889 https://smarterbuildings.com.au/episode-19-angie-hilton/#respond https://smarterbuildings.com.au/episode-19-angie-hilton/feed/ 0 Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happier spaces. On this episode, we welcome host and executive producer of ‘Destination Happiness’, […] Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happier spaces.

On this episode, we welcome host and executive producer of ‘Destination Happiness’, Angie Hilton. Angie shares with us her journey to finding happiness and gives us some great insights into how we can achieve happiness and mindfulness in our own homes.

In this episode, we also discussed:

  • – Angie is an advocate for happiness and shares her journey to creating a television series on just that topic
  • – In her late 20’s Angie experienced a battle with her mental health, which had a profound effect on her life and work
  • – During this difficult time, Angie did a lot of research into happiness and “Destination Happiness’ on channel 9 was created
  • – The reason that Angie finds happiness in travel and being outdoors
  • – Angie is happily married with two children and loves, more than anything, being at home with her family
  • – Angie’s favourite destinations around Australia
  • – Angie finds that being in nature uplifts her and seeks out the Japanese concept of forest therapy
  • – At age 44 Angie found out she had ADHD. The thrill of being a presenter is part of why she loves her role on Destination Happiness
  • – Angie’s tips for creating excitement in our lives as well as a space for meditation
  • – Creating space in your daily life for meditation, reflection and mindfulness
  • – Self-acceptance and being aware of how you speak to yourself
  • –  A luxurious bath at the end of the day has become part of Angie’s daily quest for happiness
  • – Angie has recently renovated her own home and designed it not just for function but for feelings of happiness
  • – Angie’s definition of happiness in the home
  • – Angie’s ‘Lost In Space’ question shootout.

Enjoy this week’s Spaces episode with Angie Hilton

Links:
Destination Happiness

Listen to the last Spaces Podcast here

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Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happie... Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happier spaces. On this episode, we welcome host and executive producer of ‘Destination Happiness’, […] Sam Buckby clean 48:39
Episode 18. Design concepts of a yoga studio and creating calm spaces at home with Lucinda Mills https://smarterbuildings.com.au/episode-18-lucinda-mills/ Mon, 06 Apr 2020 21:00:17 +0000 http://smarterbuildings.com.au/?p=880 https://smarterbuildings.com.au/episode-18-lucinda-mills/#respond https://smarterbuildings.com.au/episode-18-lucinda-mills/feed/ 0 Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happier spaces. On this episode, we welcome Owner and Director of an award-winning yoga […] Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happier spaces.

On this episode, we welcome Owner and Director of an award-winning yoga studio, Lucinda Mills.  ‘One Hot Yoga’ has locations in both Melbourne and Sydney, however, due to current restrictions Lucinda has temporarily close her doors. This does not mean we cannot continue our Yoga routines. In this episode, we talk about creating a Yoga studio in your own home and what elements we should be bringing into the spaces we live in.

We also discussed:

  • – Lucinda started ‘One Hot Yoga’ in 2012 after being a yoga teacher for 10 years
  • – The Yoga and Pilates ‘Meaningful Movement’ which is more than just exercise
  • – The journey that brought Lucinda to opening her own studio
  • – Lucinda’s husband is an architect had significant involvement in re-imagining the yoga space
  • – There is an inbuilt need to connect to something beyond ourselves; Yoga fills that need
  • – The difference between Yoga and Pilates and the benefits of both
  • – Lucinda is passionate about the practice of yoga and the consciousness of linking our mind, spirit and bodies
  • – Collaborating with an architect to design the studio, brought Lucinda an awareness of materials and the effect they have on how we feel
  • – The most important factors in designing a yoga space to achieve ‘Design Wellness’
  • – Lucinda’s learnings from starting multiple studios and the changes she has made due to her experiences
  • – Due to the Corona Virus, Lucinda has had to temporarily close her doors but encourages us to create space in our home for wellness
  • – Lucinda’s tips for setting up a home yoga or pilates studio
  • – Light, heat, scent, colour and texture all have the ability to influence our sense of self in our homes
  • – Where Lucinda draws her inspiration from
  • – Lucinda hosts Yoga Retreats and explains why they are so successful
  • – Lucinda’s ‘Lost In Space’ question shootout.

Enjoy this week’s Spaces episode with Yoga expert, Lucinda Mills

Links:
One Hot Yoga studio

Lucinda’s Instagram

 

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Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happie... Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happier spaces. On this episode, we welcome Owner and Director of an award-winning yoga […] Sam Buckby clean 52:38
Episode 17. Homes which are better for our health and the environment with Zara D’Cotta https://smarterbuildings.com.au/episode-17-zara-dcotta/ Tue, 31 Mar 2020 04:02:29 +0000 http://smarterbuildings.com.au/?p=872 https://smarterbuildings.com.au/episode-17-zara-dcotta/#respond https://smarterbuildings.com.au/episode-17-zara-dcotta/feed/ 0 Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happier spaces. On this episode, we welcome business owner and health expert, Zara D’Cotta. […] Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happier spaces.

On this episode, we welcome business owner and health expert, Zara D’Cotta. Zara shares with us her insights into the role of our homes on our health. Environmental health became Zara’s passion while she was battling cancer. She has since come to realise our homes can make us sick and explores ways in which we can combat this. In this episode, she shares the changes we can make to become healthier in the spaces we live in.

We also discussed:

  • – Zara’s journey to discovering that our homes can make us sick
  • – The shift in Zara’s thinking after experiencing cancer and other health concerns
  •  – Zara’s positive mindset is inspirational to all of us
  • – Zara is going to study Building Biology, which is the evaluation and control of health hazards in the built environment
  • – Air quality is not something we think about often but its impact on our health can be severe
  • – How we can manage and improve air quality in our homes
  • – Zara defines health in the home
  • – Zara shares the impact that radiation and moisture in our homes can affect our health
  • – Mould exposure in the home and other hidden dangers that we may not be aware of
  • – The various building materials available today which can reduce health risks and how they should be a consideration for future buildings
  • – Zara’s perspective on choosing better design and technology aspects into the home to reduce potentially dangerous toxins
  • – Zara explains her Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome
  • – The ways in which we can build houses to reduce our impact on the environment
  • – We talk 5G internet and the surprising effect on us as electrical beings
  • – Essential Oils and tools we can use to counteract toxins
  • – Zara’s top tips for changing our home environment for better health
  • – How an unhealthy home leads to lack of sleep
  • – The future for Zara including her Healthy Home e-course which has just launched
  • – Zara’s ‘Lost In Space’ question shootout.

Enjoy this week’s Spaces episode with Zara D’Cotta

Links:
The Healthy Home

Contact Zara D’Cotta

Zara’s Instagram

Dr. Joe Dispenza’s book ‘Becoming supernatural

 

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Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happie... Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happier spaces. On this episode, we welcome business owner and health expert, Zara D’Cotta. […] Sam Buckby clean 45:03
Episode 16. 7 COMMON MISTAKES FIRST HOME BUILDERS MAKE WITH REBECCA HALL https://smarterbuildings.com.au/episode-16-rebecca-hall/ Tue, 01 Oct 2019 06:00:48 +0000 http://smarterbuildings.com.au/?p=859 https://smarterbuildings.com.au/episode-16-rebecca-hall/#respond https://smarterbuildings.com.au/episode-16-rebecca-hall/feed/ 0 Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of the leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happier spaces. On this episode, we welcome Rebecca Hall, Founder and Director of […] Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of the leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happier spaces.

On this episode, we welcome Rebecca Hall, Founder and Director of Ninedots. Ninedots are build advisors who help home buyers and investors navigate the new build process. Rebecca is passionate about her individual client’s best interests and finding their best fit.

During this chat, we discuss 7 common mistakes people make when building a new home.

Number One – Poor Planning

  • – Rebecca encourages her clients to create a wish list of what they need vs what they want.
  • – How Rebecca helps clients refine their wish list.
  • – Rebecca’s opinions on display homes and their place when looking at customising your home.
  • – Virtual display homes – a trend taking off in Australia.

Number Two – Choosing the Wrong Contractors

  • – Communication between all the contractors involved in building a home.
  • – Rebecca’s tips on choosing the right contractor for your home build.

Number 3 – Lack of Knowledge

  • – The additional and unexpected costs involved in building a new home.
  • – Rebecca shares that site costs, developer guidelines and other location-specific costs should be considered in your build budget.
  • – Why the time needed to build a home varies depending on location and builders

Number Four – Poor builder selection

  • – Builder selection and Rebecca’s tips on communicating with your builder.
  • – Building deadlines and Rebecca’s advice to get all timeframe promises in writing.
  • – Builder relationships and how Ninedots helps their clients navigate this area.

Number Five – Lack of planning and future-proofing

  • – Rebecca has seen many people overlook the future needs of their homes.
  • – Considering plumbing, wiring or access points for future plans (like pools or aircon) will reduce future building costs.

Number Six – Not considering the alignment of a home on the block

  • – Rebecca helps her clients consider where their home will physically sit on their land.

Number Seven – Not engaging a building inspector

  • – The difference between building surveyors and inspectors.
  • – The risks of overlooking an inspector and the advantages of engaging one.
  • – Rebecca’s ‘Lost In Space’ question shootout.

Enjoy this week’s Spaces episode with Rebecca Hall

LINKS:
NINEDOTS 
Contact Rebecca Hall

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15. CLARISSA RAYWARD TALKS SCENT SOUND COLOUR AND LIGHT IN THE WORKPLACE https://smarterbuildings.com.au/episode-15-clarissa-rayward/ Fri, 20 Sep 2019 06:54:07 +0000 http://smarterbuildings.com.au/?p=853 https://smarterbuildings.com.au/episode-15-clarissa-rayward/#respond https://smarterbuildings.com.au/episode-15-clarissa-rayward/feed/ 0 Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of the leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happier spaces. On this episode of Spaces, we welcome ‘The Happy Family Lawyer’, […] Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of the leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happier spaces.

On this episode of Spaces, we welcome ‘The Happy Family Lawyer’, Clarissa Rayward. Clarissa is a family lawyer based in Brisbane and is defiantly not your stereotypical lawyer. Her office (and home) is full of colour and neon! She shares with us why she has made these design choices in both her home and workspaces.
We also discussed:

•- Clarissa although a lawyer, has always had an interest in colour, design and space
• -Clarissa has intentionally designed her office to feel like a home and her reasonings
• -Clarissa sees the importance of creating a calm work environment for both staff and for her family law clients
• -Clarissa’s office is full of colour, balloons and neon and she shares why this is an important part of her business
• -The impact that scent and sound have in the workplace
• -Productivity and Clarissa’s perspective on how space influences this
• -Promotion of happiness is a core factor in Clarissa’s business’ and we discuss how happiness is affected by our environment
• -The psychology of colour and the tangible impact of colour in the workplace
• -Clarissa has recently renovated her home and she explains the non-negotiable aspects of design
• -Clarissa is teaching her daughter to love space and colour and even allowed her to choose the design of her bedroom
• -Wallpaper, natural light and airflow were very important to the design of both Clarissa’s home and office
• -Clarissa’s ‘Lost In Space’ question shootout
Enjoy this week’s Spaces episode with the colourful Clarissa Rayward.

LINKS:
The Happy Family Lawyer on Instagram

Happy Lawyer Happy Life 

Brisbane Family Law Centre 

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14. Pru Howard talks Early Childcare and how Space Influences Learning And Play https://smarterbuildings.com.au/pru-howard/ Mon, 02 Sep 2019 23:08:46 +0000 http://smarterbuildings.com.au/?p=846 https://smarterbuildings.com.au/pru-howard/#respond https://smarterbuildings.com.au/pru-howard/feed/ 0 Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happier spaces. In this week’s episode of Spaces, we welcome Director of Elements Childcare […] Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happier spaces.

In this week’s episode of Spaces, we welcome Director of Elements Childcare and Early Learning Centre, Pru Howard. Pru discusses the impact of design and space in the childcare industry as well as in her individual Early Learning Centres.

This week we will discuss sustainability and the importance of creating a homely environment to encourage learning and play.

We also discussed:

  • -Pru’s reasons for wanting to start a business revolving around toddlers and her journey into early childhood education
  • -The impact of human interaction and its importance to Pru’s business
  • -How it is Pru encourages her staff members to use rescued resources and “reverse garbage spaces” to create different learning environments
  • -Why in her centres, Pru keeps the doors between the indoors and outdoors open to help children feel comfortable to play
  • -The challenges around heating and cooling the centres
  • -Use of natural light and natural resources
  • -The learnings Pru has faced when it comes to functionality vs aesthetic
  • -The contrast AND similarities between the modern home and childcare centres
  • -The importance of textures, colours and use of materials
  • -Sustainability, re-using, fixing and recycling toys to extend their shelf life (Pru even has her very own ‘resource recuse officer’!)
  • -Consumables are Pru’s biggest business expense – So we discuss sustainability and the balancing act with customer service, compliance and safety
  • -How the variability between buildings, re-furbishing and the experience of practicality has impacted the design of the Elements Childcare Centres
  • -Pru’s involvement in the design process and her experience of working with contractors and developers
  • -The future of the childcare
  • -Technology and its influence on the childcare industry
  • -The social experience of a child attending childcare and how Space influences their experience
  • -Pru’s ‘Lost In Space’ 5 question shootout

Enjoy this week’s Spaces episode with Pru Howard from Elements Childcare and Early Learning Centre

Links:

Elements Childcare and Early Learning Centre 

Pru Howard LinkedIn  

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13. Holistic Architecture and Going Beyond Buildings, with Nat Cheshire https://smarterbuildings.com.au/nat-cheshire/ Tue, 09 Jul 2019 05:01:37 +0000 http://smarterbuildings.com.au/?p=819 https://smarterbuildings.com.au/nat-cheshire/#respond https://smarterbuildings.com.au/nat-cheshire/feed/ 0 What is architecture? It’s easy to think of it as a clearly defined profession. But at the cutting-edge, architecture goes far beyond what we traditionally see as the role of an architect. In fact, it goes far beyond buildings, as Nat Cheshire and the team at Cheshire Architects are proving.  Spaces. They influence every part […] What is architecture? It’s easy to think of it as a clearly defined profession. But at the cutting-edge, architecture goes far beyond what we traditionally see as the role of an architect. In fact, it goes far beyond buildings, as Nat Cheshire and the team at Cheshire Architects are proving. 

Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happier spaces.

It’s not going too far to say that Nat is something of a visionary when it comes to architecture and creating spaces that work for people. Nat and his team at Cheshire Architects are redefining what the term architecture means and taking its role to a new level. Along the way their influencing everything from entire city blocks to the buttons the waiters will wear at the restaurant on the corner of that block. Talk about holistic.

In this episode, Nat shares some of the philosophies, principles and practices that drive his work and that of his team, and how it’s reshaping perceptions of what architecture means.

Here’s what we build on in this conversation:

  • -Why architecture isn’t about four walls and a roof
  • -Fundamental design principles for great spaces (Nat’s secret sauce)
  • -A look behind the curtain of an interdisciplinary firm
  • -Designing not just better buildings, but better lives
  • -How spaces create the stages on which we live our lives
  • -Why it takes more than just architects to design a city
  • -Thoughts on creating hospitality spaces (and how they influence us to happily pay $3 more for a beer)
  • -Thoughts on the evolution of building design
  • -Why long-term planning is overrated
  • -A look into the crystal ball and the future of our cities

 

Links:

Cheshire Architects
Cheshire Architects – Facebook
Cheshire Architects – Instagram
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12. Natalie Stevens on Building Your Ideal Home and Getting The Most From Your Building Buck https://smarterbuildings.com.au/natalie-stevens/ Tue, 02 Jul 2019 02:46:10 +0000 http://smarterbuildings.com.au/?p=809 https://smarterbuildings.com.au/natalie-stevens/#respond https://smarterbuildings.com.au/natalie-stevens/feed/ 0 Knowledge is power. That’s particularly true when it comes to building your own home. When there are so many things to consider, and so much money at stake, it’s easy to get lost in the process. But a little expert knowledge can make it a whole lot easier. Spaces. They influence every part of our […] Knowledge is power. That’s particularly true when it comes to building your own home. When there are so many things to consider, and so much money at stake, it’s easy to get lost in the process. But a little expert knowledge can make it a whole lot easier.

Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happier spaces.

Our guest on this episode puts the power of knowledge in your hands. Her name is Natalie Stevens and she’s helped thousands of people build their own homes on their own terms, and get the most from their building buck.

Founder of the Build In Oz website, the Building Home Masterclass and author of the popular book, Building Home: The 5 Step Journey to Building Your Best Lifestyle, Natalie is an expert at simplifying and demystifying the home building process. She shares some of her best insights and top tips with us on this episode of Spaces.  

Here’s some of what Natalie shares with us:

  • -Why building your own home can be more affordable than other options
  • -Overcoming the fears of building from scratch
  • -Natalie’s proven five-step Build in Oz process
  • -How to maximise your budget and get the most from it
  • -How to take advantage of government grants and incentives
  • -The simple way to create your own house and land package
  • -Why now is a great time to build your own home
  • -Passive design and sustainability on a budget
  • -How to ensure you get the right type of builder

Links:

Natalie Stevens – LinkedIn
Build in Oz – Facebook
Build in Oz – Twitter
Build in Oz – Instagram
Natalie’s website – Build In Oz
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11. The Home Design Process: How to Balance Your Wants, Needs and Budget, with Adam Hobill https://smarterbuildings.com.au/adam-hobill/ Tue, 25 Jun 2019 04:28:48 +0000 http://smarterbuildings.com.au/?p=799 https://smarterbuildings.com.au/adam-hobill/#respond https://smarterbuildings.com.au/adam-hobill/feed/ 0 For anyone renovating or building a new home, what we want, what we need and our budget can often be competing forces. This can make the design process unnecessarily difficult and the outcome less than ideal. However, by approaching the design process the right way, you can get both what you want and need in […] For anyone renovating or building a new home, what we want, what we need and our budget can often be competing forces. This can make the design process unnecessarily difficult and the outcome less than ideal. However, by approaching the design process the right way, you can get both what you want and need in a home without the stress.

Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happier spaces.

On this episode we welcome award-winning, Canberra-based building designer, Adam Hobill. Adam is also ACT chapter chairperson of the Building Designers’ Association of Australia and author of the book Nail It: Take Control of Your Building Project and Save Money, so you know he’s coming from a place of real experience.

Over some 20 years in the business, Adam has built an excellent reputation for helping his clients understand and balance these competing forces in the design process and getting the best possible outcome.

Here are some of the thoughts, advice and tips Adam shares with us:

  • -The difference between building designers and architects
  • -Getting yourself ready for one of the biggest projects of your life
  • -Balancing what you need and what you want in a home
  • -Thoughts on climate responsive design
  • -Why designers have a responsibility to design homes that don’t just look good
  • -How to be savvy with your space
  • -Why the kitchen has become the heart of the house
  • -The importance of family connection in designing spaces
  • -What you need to turn an amazing design into an amazing project
  • -How to be a good client (i.e. good clients get looked after)
  • -Working with budget considerations and constraints
  • -Sam’s tips on how to approach the building design process right

Links:

Adam Hobill – LinkedIn

Adam’s website: AdamHobillDesign.com.au

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For anyone renovating or building a new home, what we want, what we need and our budget can often be competing forces. This can make the design process unnecessarily difficult and the outcome less than ideal. However, For anyone renovating or building a new home, what we want, what we need and our budget can often be competing forces. This can make the design process unnecessarily difficult and the outcome less than ideal. However, by approaching the design process the right way, you can get both what you want and need in […] Sam Buckby clean 59:01
10. Using Building Biology to Create Healthier Homes and Workplaces, with Bronwyn Bennett https://smarterbuildings.com.au/bronwyn-bennett/ Mon, 17 Jun 2019 23:06:32 +0000 http://smarterbuildings.com.au/?p=794 https://smarterbuildings.com.au/bronwyn-bennett/#respond https://smarterbuildings.com.au/bronwyn-bennett/feed/ 0 Think about how much time you spend indoors, in a day, in a week, in a year. For many of us it’s a big chunk of our lives. Yet, how much thought do we give to how the built spaces we live and work in affect our health? Answer: probably not as much as we […] Think about how much time you spend indoors, in a day, in a week, in a year. For many of us it’s a big chunk of our lives. Yet, how much thought do we give to how the built spaces we live and work in affect our health? Answer: probably not as much as we should.

Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happier spaces.

Bronwyn Bennett is a building biologist, and, before you ask, yes, it is a real profession. And, as you’ll hear, a very important one. After all, what’s more important than our health and the health of our loved ones? Bronwyn, through her business, Creating Healthy Spaces, helps people identify potential health risks in their built environment, how to overcome them, and create healthier living and working spaces.

If you’re interested in creating healthier indoor spaces for you, your family and/or staff (and who isn’t) then this episode is packed with great insight and fantastic tips.

Here’s some of what we get into:

  • – What is a building biologist
  • – Sick building syndrome
  • – Why a third of all disease is environmentally linked
  • – How we can use building biology in practice
  • – A holistic approach to wellness
  • – Why health needs to be our number one priority
  • – Making non-toxic choices for our homes and workplaces
  • – Is wifi and radiofrequency exposure the new smoking?
  • – How we can counteract the potential harms of technology
  • – Four simple tips for a healthier home right now
  • – Why not making your bed is a good thing

 

Links:

Bronwyn Bennett – LinkedIn

Creating Healthy Spaces

Creating Healthy Spaces – Facebook

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09. Interior Design: Why Function is as Important as Fixtures and Furniture, with Michelle Astudillo https://smarterbuildings.com.au/michelle-astudillo-2/ Tue, 11 Jun 2019 00:30:32 +0000 http://smarterbuildings.com.au/?p=782 https://smarterbuildings.com.au/michelle-astudillo-2/#respond https://smarterbuildings.com.au/michelle-astudillo-2/feed/ 0 The simplistic view of interior design is that it’s all about what a place looks like. But in reality, interior design plays a much bigger role in how a home flows, how it functions effectively, and how our spaces work for us as people. Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, […] The simplistic view of interior design is that it’s all about what a place looks like. But in reality, interior design plays a much bigger role in how a home flows, how it functions effectively, and how our spaces work for us as people.

Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happier spaces.

On this episode we welcome Sydney-based interior designer, Michelle Astudillo. Michelle works predominantly with property developers to create homes that are not only attractive to potential buyers, but also functional for those who will live in them, and profitable for the developer.

Michelle shares with us her insights into the role of interior design, and her strategies, tips and tricks for how we can improve our own spaces. If you still think interior design is just about colour and furniture, this is going to be a real eye-opener.

Here’s what we design this conversation around:

  • – What does an interior designer actually do?
  • – When does interior design actually start?
  • – How aesthetics and functionality work hand in hand
  • – Why collaboration throughout a project is crucial
  • – Interior design secrets for sales success
  • – How the work-from-home trend is affecting design
  • – Why we need to be more space savvy in shrinking homes
  • – Designing for flow and functionality
  • – The importance of good lighting
  • – Satisfy our need for nature even in high-density developments
  • – Is interior design still at war with technology?
  • – Why Spain and the Spanish lifestyle inspires her

 

Links:

Michelle Astudillo – website

Michelle Astudillo – Facebook

Michelle Astudillo – Instagram

Michelle Astudillo – Pinterest

Michelle Astudillo – LinkedIn

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The simplistic view of interior design is that it’s all about what a place looks like. But in reality, interior design plays a much bigger role in how a home flows, how it functions effectively, and how our spaces work for us as people. Spaces. The simplistic view of interior design is that it’s all about what a place looks like. But in reality, interior design plays a much bigger role in how a home flows, how it functions effectively, and how our spaces work for us as people. Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, […] Sam Buckby clean 1:02:15
08. Shannon Vos on Winning The Block, the Role of Interior Design and Why Function Beats Frills https://smarterbuildings.com.au/shannon-vos/ Mon, 03 Jun 2019 22:41:27 +0000 http://smarterbuildings.com.au/?p=773 https://smarterbuildings.com.au/shannon-vos/#respond https://smarterbuildings.com.au/shannon-vos/feed/ 0 Interior design doesn’t exist in a vacuum. That’s why, when it comes to great design, balancing form and function is at the core of creating spaces that work for the people who inhabit them. After all, what is design all about? Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. […] Interior design doesn’t exist in a vacuum. That’s why, when it comes to great design, balancing form and function is at the core of creating spaces that work for the people who inhabit them. After all, what is design all about?

Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happier spaces.

If you’re a fan of watching the TV reality show The Block, you might recognise the name Shannon Vos. Shannon and his brother won the 2014 series. Since then, he’s gone on to pursue his passion for interior design, now with his own very successful firm, Vos Creative. You might have also read his column in Inside Out magazine.

In this very entertaining episode, Shannon shares what he’s learned from his time on The Block, his thoughts and tips on design that so impressed the judges, and how he now approaches his work with clients to create spaces that they love.

Here’s some of what we get into:

  • – Tales from behind the scenes of The Block (and what it takes to win)
  • – His evolution from tradie to star interior designer
  • – What he learned about design from The Block
  • – The importance of spatial design in his approach
  • – How to tick all the design boxes for the perfect space
  • – Why people (i.e. function) are at the core of great design
  • – And why people are often the hardest thing about designing
  • – How to approach interior design like a pro
  • – How to work with an interior designer effectively
  • – Thoughts on good lighting, technology, and creating spaces of joy

 

Links:

Vos Creative

Shannon Vos – Instagram

Shannon Vos – LinkedIn

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07. What’s Hot in Smart Home Tech and Why It’s Sometimes No Tech, with Jonathan Krywicki https://smarterbuildings.com.au/jonathan-krywicki/ Tue, 28 May 2019 09:52:03 +0000 http://smarterbuildings.com.au/?p=765 https://smarterbuildings.com.au/jonathan-krywicki/#respond https://smarterbuildings.com.au/jonathan-krywicki/feed/ 0 The best smart home technology should be simple, robust, future-proof and non-invasive. So, are current smart home tech options up to the challenge, how is it changing, and how can we make the most effective use of it in our homes? Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. […] The best smart home technology should be simple, robust, future-proof and non-invasive. So, are current smart home tech options up to the challenge, how is it changing, and how can we make the most effective use of it in our homes?

Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happier spaces.

On this episode we welcome Jonathan Krywicki. It’s not a stretch to say that Jon is a true smart home tech guru. After many years helping put together some of the most tech-smart homes and offices in the country, Jon now works as the smart home security guru for the RACV (Royal Automobile Club of Victoria), so you know he knows his stuff.  

Jon guides us through what we should be looking for in our smart home technology and how to best utilise it to improve our home lives, and why sometimes less technology is the best solution. Plus, he gives us an unique insight into what we can look forward to in the future.

Here’s what we plug into in this episode:

  • – Nutting out the home technology puzzle
  • – How tech is changing how we interact within spaces
  • – Why we need or want these smart devices
  • – Personalisation: the future of smart home technology
  • – Why there’s more to smart tech than choosing gadgets
  • – The challenges of implementing smart tech in new builds vs retrofitting
  • – Jon’s three keys for getting technology right in your home
  • – Future-proofing and the best way to go about it
  • – Why we need time away from technology
  • – What’s cool right now, kick-arse gadgets, and what’s around the corner

 

Links:

Jonathan Krywicki – Linkedin

Jonathan Krywicki – Twitter

Jonathan Krywicki – Instagram

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The best smart home technology should be simple, robust, future-proof and non-invasive. So, are current smart home tech options up to the challenge, how is it changing, and how can we make the most effective use of it in our homes? Spaces. The best smart home technology should be simple, robust, future-proof and non-invasive. So, are current smart home tech options up to the challenge, how is it changing, and how can we make the most effective use of it in our homes? Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. […] Sam Buckby clean 53:11
06. Renovation Special: Sam’s Advice for Newby Emma on Getting Started Right https://smarterbuildings.com.au/emma-samia/ Tue, 21 May 2019 00:01:01 +0000 http://smarterbuildings.com.au/?p=754 https://smarterbuildings.com.au/emma-samia/#respond https://smarterbuildings.com.au/emma-samia/feed/ 0 Thinking of renovating? Just because you saw it on The Block doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy. Experienced renovators will tell you it’s inevitably more expensive and more stressful than you think. However some expert advice at the start will save you a lot of time, money and heartache. Spaces. They influence every part […] Thinking of renovating? Just because you saw it on The Block doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy. Experienced renovators will tell you it’s inevitably more expensive and more stressful than you think. However some expert advice at the start will save you a lot of time, money and heartache.

Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happier spaces.

This, our first ‘renovation special’ episode, is a bit different from others in the series. Rather than an expert in the field, we welcome Emma Samia, who, together with her husband and two small kids, is ready to take on the renovation challenge on the site of their existing home in Sydney’s west.

But are they ready for it? We find out, and we help out, with some timely tips for getting started right. This is a particularly useful episode if you’re playing along at home.

Here’s what we build on in this episode:

  • – Thinking about your renovation process
  • – Why you need to be aware, not afraid
  • – How to work out what’s important to your family
  • – Understanding how your home will be used
  • – Why mistakes can be brutal lessons
  • – Factorising your budget on your values, and spending it in the right places
  • – Re-thinking the do-it-yourself mindset (is the stress worth it?)
  • – Embracing the challenge of self-management
  • – Getting the hub of the home (the kitchen) right
  • – And why your choice of range hood is so important

 

Links:

Emma Samia – LinkedIn

Smart Buildings – Website

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Thinking of renovating? Just because you saw it on The Block doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy. Experienced renovators will tell you it’s inevitably more expensive and more stressful than you think. However some expert advice at the start will save yo... Thinking of renovating? Just because you saw it on The Block doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy. Experienced renovators will tell you it’s inevitably more expensive and more stressful than you think. However some expert advice at the start will save you a lot of time, money and heartache. Spaces. They influence every part […] Sam Buckby clean 1:02:18
05. Professor Marcus Foth on Smart Cities and Why We Should Get Lost https://smarterbuildings.com.au/professor-marcus-foth/ Tue, 14 May 2019 00:47:54 +0000 http://smarterbuildings.com.au/?p=738 https://smarterbuildings.com.au/professor-marcus-foth/#respond https://smarterbuildings.com.au/professor-marcus-foth/feed/ 0 Smart Cities is a term that’s getting used a lot these days. But when you stop and think about it, what does it really mean. Well, as you’ll soon discover, it’s probably not what you think. Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces […] Smart Cities is a term that’s getting used a lot these days. But when you stop and think about it, what does it really mean. Well, as you’ll soon discover, it’s probably not what you think.

Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happier spaces.

Some people know a little about a lot, some know a lot about a little, but guest on this episode of Spaces, Professor Marcus Foth, knows a lot about a lot. Professor Marcus works in the field of urban infomatics, more commonly known as smart cities, at QUT in Brisbane.

As you’ll hear in this episode, Marcus is really at the forefront of defining what smart cities are and what they will be in the future. It’s a big and fascinating subject that has the potential to dramatically affect how we live in cities and as communities. Get set for some serious thinking in this information packed conversation.

Here are some of places we visit on this mental journey:

  • – How you become a professor of urban infomatics
  • – Smart Cities – what they are and what they aren’t
  • – The new digital definition of community
  • – Why geographically close communities still matter to us
  • – A look at the next wave of human-centric smart cities
  • – Unpacking the idea of software sorted cities
  • – The problems with current smart cities thinking
  • – Why it’s important we don’t create ‘unplaces’
  • – Why we should design smart cities for getting lost
  • – A look into the crystal ball and why we may all end up living under water

 

Links:

Professor Marcus Foth – Website

Professor Marcus Foth – LinkedIn

Urban Informatics Research Lab – YouTube

Marcus’s article in The Conversation Why we should design smart cities for getting lost

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Smart Cities is a term that’s getting used a lot these days. But when you stop and think about it, what does it really mean. Well, as you’ll soon discover, it’s probably not what you think. Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, Smart Cities is a term that’s getting used a lot these days. But when you stop and think about it, what does it really mean. Well, as you’ll soon discover, it’s probably not what you think. Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces […] Sam Buckby clean 52:39
04. Stephen Choi on Smarter Design Ideas, Sustainability in Design Education and Taking Influence from Nature https://smarterbuildings.com.au/stephen-choi/ Tue, 07 May 2019 02:02:19 +0000 http://smarterbuildings.com.au/?p=728 https://smarterbuildings.com.au/stephen-choi/#respond https://smarterbuildings.com.au/stephen-choi/feed/ 0 Humanity is rushing headlong into a period of change, one that may be so drastic it will fundamentally alter the way our lives are lived. Incorporating sustainability into our homes, and the entire industry that creates them, now must be a foundational principle to ensure a livable future. Spaces. They influence every part of our […] Humanity is rushing headlong into a period of change, one that may be so drastic it will fundamentally alter the way our lives are lived. Incorporating sustainability into our homes, and the entire industry that creates them, now must be a foundational principle to ensure a livable future.

Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happier spaces.

My guest on this podcast episode is Stephen Choi, here to explain why we need to look to nature for more design and construction inspiration, and how we can do just that. Stephen is the executive director of the Living Future Institute Australia, whose work includes developing global environmental assessment methods, embedding sustainable development into the educational curriculum, and being one of only two Living Building Challenge auditors in Australia.

Sam and Stephen touch on some pretty sensitive topics, ruffling a few feathers in order to have some very important discussions, centering about the changing definition of the word ‘sustainability’, and why it might not be anything to aspire to anymore.

Sam and Stephen also touch on things like:

  • – Why Stephen has banned the use of the word ‘sustainability’
  • – Where there’s room for improvement in how we build our surrounding structures
  • – Form versus function
  • – The Living Building Challenge (prepare to be inspired!)
  • – What would a ‘good’ building look like, and why we should be modelling it on a flower
  • – How to live more naturally in a more beautiful, less wasteful environment
  • – Why architecture has taken a step backwards instead of forward when it comes to sustainability
  • – The 7 Petals that make up the Living Building Challenge
  • – Have we superseded sustainability and moved to the next phase of design?
  • – Why we need to start being regenerative instead of just sustainable
  • – How quickly would we clean up our world if we all picked up one piece of rubbish every day?
  • – How to start implementing better design principles (with something as simple as a staircase)

Links:

Living Future Institute Australia

Stephen Choi – LinkedIn

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Humanity is rushing headlong into a period of change, one that may be so drastic it will fundamentally alter the way our lives are lived. Incorporating sustainability into our homes, and the entire industry that creates them, Humanity is rushing headlong into a period of change, one that may be so drastic it will fundamentally alter the way our lives are lived. Incorporating sustainability into our homes, and the entire industry that creates them, now must be a foundational principle to ensure a livable future. Spaces. They influence every part of our […] Sam Buckby clean 1:03:05
03. Anetta Pizag on Creating Workspaces That Inspire Creativity and High Performance https://smarterbuildings.com.au/anetta-pizag/ Mon, 29 Apr 2019 23:29:04 +0000 http://smarterbuildings.com.au/?p=715 https://smarterbuildings.com.au/anetta-pizag/#respond https://smarterbuildings.com.au/anetta-pizag/feed/ 0 It doesn’t take an expert to realise how our workspace can affect our energy, creativity and all-round mood. But with the help of an expert we can turn these spaces into places that bring out our best. Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the […] It doesn’t take an expert to realise how our workspace can affect our energy, creativity and all-round mood. But with the help of an expert we can turn these spaces into places that bring out our best.

Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happier spaces.

Anetta Pizag is that expert. I like to think of her as the ‘workspace whisperer’. As a workspace design specialist, consultant and author, Anetta has shown dozens of businesses of all types and sizes how to bring out the best in their people through effective workspace design.

So if you’re in business and you’re looking to boost the performance of your team, or you’re simply looking for ideas for improving your home workspace and your own performance, you’re going to get a lot from this episode. Enjoy.

Here’s what we build on in this episode:

  • – How the modern workspace is evolving
  • – How your environment affects your thoughts and performance
  • – Why we need to be thinking performance not productivity
  • – Why we need to treat our staff more like kids (in a good way)
  • – The 5 essential elements of a high-performance workspace
  • – How to help your staff feel more energised, inspired and focused at work
  • – Using the space to create a shared work purpose
  • – Why working within squares leads to square thinking
  • – Getting the aesthetics right for the task
  • – Why employers need to get better at providing spaces for their employees
  • – The power of nature for inspiration

Links:

Pizag.com.au

Anetta Pizag – LinkedIn

Anetta Pizag – Twitter

Anetta Pizag – Flickr

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02. Creating Healthy Workplaces for Inspired People and Better Lives, with Heidi Dening https://smarterbuildings.com.au/heidi-dening/ Tue, 23 Apr 2019 06:46:19 +0000 http://smarterbuildings.com.au/?p=691 https://smarterbuildings.com.au/heidi-dening/#respond https://smarterbuildings.com.au/heidi-dening/feed/ 0 As workers we’ll typically spend 90,000 hours of our lives in work spaces. Scary, sure, but it also means that these spaces have an incredible effect on how we live our lives, both professionally and personally – and why it’s so important that we stop thinking of them purely as a roof and four walls, […] As workers we’ll typically spend 90,000 hours of our lives in work spaces. Scary, sure, but it also means that these spaces have an incredible effect on how we live our lives, both professionally and personally – and why it’s so important that we stop thinking of them purely as a roof and four walls, but instead as a place designed to help us perform better and reach our potential.

Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happier spaces.

Our guest today is Heidi Dening. Heidi is a specialist in creating work spaces that help people function better and more productively, both at work and in their personal lives. A passionate educator, Heidi shares this ethos through her speaking and consulting, as well as her best-selling book, Her Middle Name is Courage. Heidi’s resume also boasts being the only Australian on the advisory board for the International WELL Building Institute in New York.

In this conversation, Heidi shares with us her inspiration, enthusiasm and some practical tips for creating spaces where we, and our teams, can perform at our best and reach our potential.

Here’s what we build on in this episode:

  • – What is the International WELL Building Institute and the WELL Standard
  • – The science behind the standard
  • – What is wellness in a building sense
  • – The 10 components of the standard
  • – How we can create spaces that promote wellness
  • – How work spaces can aid social connection, collaboration, creativity and innovation
  • – The thinking behind the idea of self leadership
  • – Overcoming sick building syndrome
  • – Small things we can do to put these ideas into practice

Links:

Heidi Dening – LinkedIn

Heidi Dening – Instagram

Heidi Dening – YouTube

Heidi Dening – Facebook

HeidiDening.com

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As workers we’ll typically spend 90,000 hours of our lives in work spaces. Scary, sure, but it also means that these spaces have an incredible effect on how we live our lives, both professionally and personally – and why it’s so important that we stop ... As workers we’ll typically spend 90,000 hours of our lives in work spaces. Scary, sure, but it also means that these spaces have an incredible effect on how we live our lives, both professionally and personally – and why it’s so important that we stop thinking of them purely as a roof and four walls, […] Sam Buckby clean 1:11:33
01. Using Design and Development as a Force for Good in the World, with Tom Palmer https://smarterbuildings.com.au/tom-palmer/ Tue, 23 Apr 2019 06:15:59 +0000 http://smarterbuildings.com.au/?p=688 https://smarterbuildings.com.au/tom-palmer/#respond https://smarterbuildings.com.au/tom-palmer/feed/ 0 Development is often seen as the enemy of the environment and local communities. But, as this conversation proves, thoughtful and balanced development and design can be a force for good in the world. Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby […] Development is often seen as the enemy of the environment and local communities. But, as this conversation proves, thoughtful and balanced development and design can be a force for good in the world.

Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happier spaces.

Prepare to be envious of this week’s guest. Tom Palmer is an Aussie bloke who trained as a landscape architect is Sydney. He now spends his days travelling the world helping create sustainable property developments that help the environment, wildlife and community that they exist in.

Along the way he’s helped design and construct amazing developments, particularly in wilderness areas of Africa, for the likes of Microsoft’s Paul Allen. It’s a fascinating job, a fascinating life, and, as you can imagine, Tom’s got a bunch of great stories and thoughts on sustainable development to share.

Here’s some of the places Tom takes us:

  • – Tom’s journey from Sydney landscape architect to London and the Milton Group
  • – How he accidentally became the company’s ‘Africa guy’
  • – Using developments to fund environmental and community programs
  • – Balancing returns with wildlife and community needs
  • – Why people are attracted to a simpler, slower pace of life
  • – Stories of a jet-setting designer’s life
  • – The challenges and rewards of working in wildest Africa
  • – Balancing contemporary design with strong local influences
  • – Thoughts on sustainable development and its future
  • – The concept of holistic sustainability
  • – His new Australian venture
  • – Why Africa gets under your skin (in a good way), and more

Links:

TRPalmer Consulting Group

Milton Group

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Development is often seen as the enemy of the environment and local communities. But, as this conversation proves, thoughtful and balanced development and design can be a force for good in the world. Spaces. Development is often seen as the enemy of the environment and local communities. But, as this conversation proves, thoughtful and balanced development and design can be a force for good in the world. Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby […] Sam Buckby clean 1:04:07
00. A Podcast Series Looking at Built Environments With Performance, Purpose and People in Mind https://smarterbuildings.com.au/promo/ Tue, 23 Apr 2019 05:38:49 +0000 http://smarterbuildings.com.au/?p=682 https://smarterbuildings.com.au/promo/#respond https://smarterbuildings.com.au/promo/feed/ 0 The Spaces podcast focuses on current industry trends, what makes a space ‘inspirational’, and why inspired designers, architects and builders create what they create. Spaces influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. They have such an impact on our lives and most of us rarely stop to think about how […] The Spaces podcast focuses on current industry trends, what makes a space ‘inspirational’, and why inspired designers, architects and builders create what they create.

Spaces influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. They have such an impact on our lives and most of us rarely stop to think about how they should be designed, let alone lived in.

Join Sam Buckby each week as he interviews industry experts and dives deeper into design, construction, technology and the evolution of the spaces we choose to spend our time in… Now… And in the future.

Sam brings you stories that will inspire you on the choices you make for the spaces you live in, and how today’s advancements and technology are making buildings more functional than ever.

Listen in for motivation and insight into the world we build for ourselves, to help make our buildings smarter, and create healthier and happier spaces.

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The Spaces podcast focuses on current industry trends, what makes a space ‘inspirational’, and why inspired designers, architects and builders create what they create. Spaces influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. The Spaces podcast focuses on current industry trends, what makes a space ‘inspirational’, and why inspired designers, architects and builders create what they create. Spaces influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. They have such an impact on our lives and most of us rarely stop to think about how […] Sam Buckby clean 1:58