House Planning Help Podcast (general)

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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Direct download: HPH265.mp3
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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
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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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Direct download: HPH260.mp3
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
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Neil Sutherland explains how using a design, manufacture and delivery company can give you a better quality of construction.

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

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

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

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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

Having recorded an audio journal the whole way through his project, Ben Adam-Smith plays back some key moments so you can hear what is involved in a self build within a single podcast episode.

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Direct download: HPH235.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:11pm UTC

Having completed his house build this year, Ben Adam-Smith evaluates his own performance as a self-builder.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:54pm UTC

Self build consultant, Mike Hardwick, explains the pros and cons of different construction systems.

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Direct download: HPH233.mp3
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Ben Ribbans is a self-builder who decided to take on more and more responsibility during his project. He explains how he gained the confidence to do this, and why research and planning are vital to success.

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Direct download: HPH232.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:57pm UTC

Interior Designer Gabrielle Blackman explains how, when planned properly, good interior design should take the owner's personality and stamp it on the house.

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Direct download: HPH231.mp3
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Martin Brown explains how this ancient material can be used in the modern world.

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Straw Works co-founder Barbara Jones explains the different methods of building with straw.

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Direct download: HPH229.mp3
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Having had his last site meeting, Ben Adam-Smith explains what they are and how they fit into the construction process when building a new house.

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Direct download: HPH228.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30am UTC

Air leakage expert Paul Jennings looks at how best to achieve that all important airtightness when using particular construction methods.

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Direct download: HPH227.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:30pm UTC

With a matter of weeks until he moves into his new home, Ben Adam-Smith shares a list of ten things that he's excited about.

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Direct download: HPH226.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:08pm UTC

Architect Andrew Goodman explains what it took to create the UK's first load-bearing straw bale Passivhaus home.

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Direct download: HPH225.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:12pm UTC

Rob Wiggans explains how you can minimise risks when buying land for development.

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Direct download: HPH224.mp3
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Dean Scott takes Ben on a tour of the Graven Hill development, and of his own energy-efficient self build.

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Direct download: HPH223.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am UTC

With the first phase well under way and residents already moving in, Karen Curtin, Managing Director of Graven Hill Village Development Company, talks through the process of finding and buying a plot at Graven Hill.

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Direct download: HPH222.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:18am UTC

As Ben Adam-Smith's build enters the final few weeks he reviews his project's schedule and sequencing. Although a lot of the detail pertains to building a masonry wall Passivhaus, it still serves as an example of the stages any house build might go through.

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Direct download: HPH221.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:22pm UTC

Mike Coe provides a progress update on his second self build project, with finances being stretched as construction is set to begin.

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Direct download: HPH220.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:04pm UTC

Ben Adam-Smith looks at why self build projects often eat into the budget set aside for landscaping. This includes Ben's new home where initial garden plans have been put on hold!

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Direct download: HPH219.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:48am UTC

Alex Baines explains the impact a mid-construction delay has had on him, his family, and his Long Barrow Passivhaus project.

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Direct download: HPH218.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:59pm UTC

Ben Adam-Smith chats to his wife Kay about what it's been like building a house. She never wanted a new build, preferring to buy a period property instead. So why did she agree to do this? And what can we learn about trying to get a partner on board with a self build?

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Direct download: HPH217.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:17am UTC

With decades growing his knowledge of self-building, Mark Brinkley shares some of the surprises, challenges and joys involved.

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Direct download: HPH216.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am UTC

Ben Adam-Smith reflects on what he's learned so far during the construction phase of his self build.

The project is halfway through and the finished house will meet the Passivhaus standard.

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Direct download: HPH215.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:31pm UTC

Rob Wiggans shares his expert tips on how to find a plot of land for a self build project.

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Direct download: HPH214.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:31pm UTC

Steven Thompson, from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, explains why it can be sensible to have a contract, and what type you might need for a self build project.

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Direct download: HPH213.mp3
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John Fenwick discusses the challenges of building his award-winning Passivhaus with an atypical form.

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Direct download: HPH212.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am UTC

Mark Feldman of MARS Building Ltd offers an insight into how he prices up potential new jobs (including when he's invited into a tender process).

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Direct download: HPH211.mp3
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Liz and Mike Hill explain the decisions behind the design of their contemporary eco home.

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Direct download: HPH210.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:24am UTC

Marlen and Tony Godwin explain why it was important for their modern, minimalist Passivhaus home and office designs to be sympathetic to the neighbourhood.

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Direct download: HPH209.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:43pm UTC

Ben Adam-Smith looks at some of the reasons why his tender returns might have been so high. He then sits down with his wife Kay to consider possible savings.

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Direct download: HPH208.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:06pm UTC

Chris Parsons from Parsons+ Whittley outlines a traditional procurement route. And Ben and Kay Adam-Smith receive their tender returns.

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Direct download: HPH207.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:36pm UTC

Robert Flynn from Solarbarn explains how to choose a solar array to suit your needs.

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Direct download: HPH206.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm UTC

Architectural technologist Dan Higginbotham from Parsons + Whittley Architects talks about producing construction drawings and a scheme of works from an architect’s design.

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Direct download: HPH205.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:04pm UTC

Five self-builders explain how they came to build their houses on the edge of a developer estate.

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Direct download: HPH204.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:36am UTC

Author and self-builder Will Anderson talks about realising his self-build dream not once but twice!

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Direct download: HPH203.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:39am UTC

Building Services Engineer Alan Clarke explains how he has designed and specified the ventilation, heating, and hot and cold water systems for Ben's new house.

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Direct download: HPH202.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:36am UTC

Ben Adam-Smith reflects on how he's changed while making 200 podcasts about self and custom building. He also looks at how the podcast has changed with him.

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Direct download: HPH201.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm UTC

Ben Adam-Smith shares 20 insights about self-building that he has learned while making 200 podcasts and also tackling his own project.

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Direct download: HPH200.mp3
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Self-builder Oliver Smallman tells us about planning, building and living in his London Passivhaus.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:32pm UTC

Interior designer Emily Bizley explains how she and her husband, an architect, co-designed their RIBA shortlisted self-build home.

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Direct download: HPH198.mp3
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Jon Martin explains how he beat the odds with his extraordinary self-build tree house.

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Lucy Pedler, architect and founder of The Green Register, talks about the importance of good communication throughout a self-build project.

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Direct download: HPH196.mp3
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Gordon Lewis explains what cellulose insulation is, how it's applied and why self-builders can benefit from choosing it.

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Direct download: HPH195.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:24pm UTC

Paul Testa from Paul Testa Architecture talks about how to predict the costs of a house build and shares his tips on limiting a self-build budget.

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Direct download: HPH194.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:52am UTC

Simon Corbey from ASBP shares some of his research into the costs and life cycle of plastic windows and suggests some considerations for self-builders.

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Direct download: HPH193.mp3
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Michael Holmes from NaCSBA explains the Right to Build initiative and how it will impact on the future of custom and self-builds.

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Direct download: HPH192.mp3
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Lloyd Alter from TreeHugger shares his advice on what we should be prioritising as 21st century self-builders.

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Direct download: HPH191.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:09am UTC

Ben Adam-Smith explains how he and his wife have been specifying their new home (which will be built to Passivhaus standard).

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Direct download: HPH190.mp3
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Actor and TV presenter Robert Llewellyn shares his insights about the future of electric cars and energy production.

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Richard Hawkes from Hawkes Architecture tells us about the exceptional circumstances in which planning for rural new builds may be granted.

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Direct download: HPH188.mp3
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Will Kirkman from Ecomerchant shares the key results of a survey the company ran to find out what self-builders worry about most.

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Direct download: HPH187.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:42pm UTC

Ben and Kay Adam-Smith have a difference in opinion over which windows to specify for their new build Passivhaus home. While Ben is keen to minimise mullions, transoms and window frames, Kay believes this takes away from the aesthetics.

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Direct download: HPH186.mp3
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Ben Adam-Smith reviews what it took to be granted planning permission for his new Passivhaus home.

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Donal O’Leary tells us about his self-build in Ireland and shares advice for a successful project.

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Buckinghamshire Passivhaus has become one of the most airtight buildings in the UK. As such, we consider what factors contributed towards their exceptional result of 0.08 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals.

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Direct download: HPH183.mp3
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Justin Broadbent from ISO Energy explains the options available for extracting energy from water on your plot of land.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:09pm UTC

Jack Harvie-Clark from Apex Acoustics provides an overview of acoustics in the home. He also explains how we might go about controlling noises and soundproofing.

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Direct download: HPH181.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:24pm UTC

Ben Adam-Smith runs through the main options of where to live while your new home is under construction. While there's potential to save a lot of money it should not impact significantly on your comfort, state of mind or key relationships.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:33pm UTC

Cath Hassell from ech2o consultants explains why connecting to mains drainage is generally the best option for a new build home. She also runs through some alternatives if this is not possible.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:58pm UTC

Clare Whitney from Clayworks explains how clay plasters are made, their applications and why we might choose them over other wall finishes.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:50pm UTC

Architect Ruth Butler shares the story of building a contemporary Passivhaus on an overlooked, brownfield site.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:04pm UTC

Dennis and Nicola Merrigan talk about the highs and lows of their Passivhaus self-build project, sharing lessons learned.

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Direct download: HPH176.mp3
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Ben reviews the journey from briefing to planning stage for his own self-build project, with their architect Chris Parsons from Parsons + Whittley.

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Direct download: HPH175.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:59pm UTC

Ben and Kay Adam-Smith visit their architects Parsons + Whittley to discuss how to move their project forward. There are decisions to be made over which designs to pursue, what materials to embrace and how to address the various constraints (including bringing down the height of the building).

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Direct download: HPH174.mp3
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Dr Michaela Benson from Goldsmiths explains how our housing needs change through life and why the concept of a forever home is often not realistic.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:27pm UTC

John Palmer from Enhabit explains what happens if you choose not to go all the way to Passivhaus standard, including how this impacts on cost, energy efficiency and comfort. He also outlines a best practice approach if you are going to build with Passivhaus principles.

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Direct download: HPH172.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:56pm UTC

Elina Grigoriou from Grigoriou Interiors talks about design, wellbeing and sustainability, and the role of interior designers.

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