House Planning Help Podcast

Olga Turner Baker describes the WELL Building Standard and explains how the principles can be applied to improve health and well-being on individual projects.

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Direct download: HPH270.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:14am UTC

Chris Parsons returns to Ben Adam-Smith's self build home after a year to look for defects. He explains what snagging is, how the list is compiled and how the rectification process works.

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Direct download: HPH269.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:36pm UTC

Self-builder and renovator Jason Orme reflects on the main challenges you face if you want to tackle a house build in the UK.

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Direct download: HPH268.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:55pm UTC

Kevin McCloud from Grand Designs shares practical advice on how to approach an ecological build, and comments on how architecture needs to change to address the climate emergency.

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Direct download: HPH267.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:22am UTC

Client Ajay Boardman and her builder/carpenter Nigel Bowley share their experience of working together on her self build project. In addition to project managing Ajay is labouring for Nigel. We look at why this relationship has worked well and consider how much money she is saving.

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Direct download: HPH266.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:56am UTC

Jonathan Kearns of Kearns Mancini Architects, describes how he tackled a high performance retrofit of a century-old building.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:19am UTC

Mark Siddall from LEAP explains his framework the 'Forever Home Lifestyle' and how he uses it with his clients.

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Direct download: HPH264.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:27pm UTC

Harry Paticas of Arboreal Architecture explains why care and hard work have been so important to the retrofit of his 1978 mid-terrace townhouse.

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Direct download: HPH263.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:02am UTC

Dr Mike Page explains how The Cube micro home project developed and why land availability turned out to be a major issue for those that liked the idea of tiny house living.

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Direct download: HPH262.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:23pm UTC

Duncan Baker-Brown from BBM Sustainable Design explains how we can reduce waste on our projects, given a little more time and with a different approach on site.

With the construction industry being such a big contributor of annual waste, he also shares strategies for how we could transform things if we treat buildings as material banks, which are built with deconstruction in mind.

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Direct download: HPH261.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:25am UTC

Managing Director of Potton Homes, Mark Stevenson, looks at how self build, custom build and speculative development differ.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:51am UTC

Mike Coe has a progress report from Portree Passivhaus, which is now almost watertight. We pick up the story as the groundworks begin and look at some of the challenges as the superstructure has gone up.

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Direct download: HPH259.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:25am UTC

Neil Sutherland explains how using a design, manufacture and delivery company can give you a better quality of construction.

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Direct download: HPH258.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:07pm UTC

Ben Adam-Smith runs through the biggest problems you could face on your self build journey. He also looks at what can be done in those situations.

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Direct download: HPH257.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:09pm UTC

Tom Heywood from Green Building Store explains why we need mechanical ventilation with heat recovery in high performance homes and why it needs to be well designed.

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Direct download: HPH256.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:29pm UTC

Chris Herring, Director at Green Building Store, explains why careful consideration should be given when specifying windows.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:59am UTC

Jeremy Lent, author and integrator, looks at how and why we should transform the fundamental basis of our civilisation.

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Direct download: HPH254.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:33am UTC

Property developer and podcaster, Rob Bence, advises on what's needed for undertaking a successful building development project.

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Direct download: HPH253.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:26pm UTC

Chris Magwood, a director at the Endeavour Centre in Canada, explains the importance of embodied carbon and how building with plant-based materials could transform our new homes into carbon sinks.

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Direct download: HPH252.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:24am UTC

Charlie Luxton shares lessons he's learnt from visiting projects on Building The Dream, running an architectural practice and completing his own self build.

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Direct download: HPH251.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:18pm UTC

Ben Adam-Smith picks out ten of his favourite new build homes. These are all homes he has visited and which have impressed him in different ways.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:10pm UTC

Danny Luhde-Thompson explains why he chose to demolish the bungalow he was renovating, to build a contemporary Passivhaus.

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Direct download: HPH249.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:52pm UTC

Resident of Marmalade Lane cohousing, Jan Chadwick, explains why living in a multi-generational community is so important to her.

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Direct download: HPH248.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:02pm UTC

Bill Butcher from Green Building Company, the construction division of Green Building Store, explains how they tackled two radical retrofit projects in West Yorkshire. Each took a 'whole house' fabric first approach in order to improve comfort levels and reduce the heating bills.

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Direct download: HPH247.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:20am UTC

Paul Ellis, Chief Executive of Ecology Building Society, explains their approach to mortgages that reward energy efficiency and sustainability.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:59pm UTC

Elinor Olisa explains why her family's health was always paramount to the decision making on this build.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:02am UTC

Tiny house and lifestyle blogger, Jenna Spesard, explains why she didn't want to spend her life working to pay for a house, but instead wanted a house that would work for her.

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Direct download: HPH244.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:30am UTC

Architect and author Sarah Susanka explains why bigger isn't always better when it comes to building a house.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:43am UTC

Phil McGeevor, Chair of Cannock Mill Cohousing, describes the 12-year journey it's taken to realise their cohousing community for older adults.

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Direct download: HPH242.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:19pm UTC

Ben Adam-Smith shares 10 tips for creating a budget, which is detailed and realistic.

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Direct download: HPH241.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:30am UTC

Ben Adam-Smith runs through a few ideas of how to get started on your self build journey.

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Direct download: HPH240.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:36pm UTC

Matthew Cutler-Welsh takes us through three exciting projects that are making an impact in New Zealand.

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Direct download: HPH239.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:49pm UTC

Architect Adam Cohen explains how his modular construction system is making Passive House building simple and affordable.

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Direct download: HPH238.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am UTC

Architect Richard Dudzicki explains the tricks and challenges of designing a £500,000 house on a £250,000 budget.

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Direct download: HPH237.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:34pm UTC

Ben Adam-Smith's house build was a core part of House Planning Help. Having completed the project in 2018, Ben Adam-Smith looks at what should come next.

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Direct download: HPH236.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:18pm UTC

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