House Planning Help Podcast (general)

Architect, planner and author Graham Towers explains the fundamentals of housing density and why we really need to get it right in future developments.

Direct download: HPH031.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:54pm UTC

Mark Wilson from BuildingDesignExpert.com shares why he believes there is no such thing as a sustainable material and why it is our environment we are really hoping to sustain.

Direct download: HPH030.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:53pm UTC

Architect and author Sarah Susanka shares why scale is such an important aspect to consider when building a house. She also explains how a 'not so big' philosophy can be applied in many areas of our lives.

Direct download: HPH029.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:59pm UTC

Mark Westcombe, one of the founding members of Lancaster Cohousing, explains the cohousing concept and why creating an intentional community like this has many benefits.

Direct download: HPH028.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:06am UTC

Mike Jacob from Trunk Low Energy Building provides an insight into the benefits of hiring a project manager for a house build. Also Ben Adam-Smith reflects on the UK Passivhaus Awards 2013.

Direct download: HPH027.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:04pm UTC

Paul Jennings from Aldas explains why airtightness is an important factor to grasp when constructing an energy efficient home. He also shares how forward planning, attention to detail and teamwork are imperative for achieving good airtightness results.

Direct download: HPH026.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:59am UTC

Elrond Burrell from Architype helps bust some of the common myths that surround the Passivhaus standard.

Direct download: HPH025.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:25pm UTC

Jonathan Hines from Architype explains the concept of eco-minimalism and also the very different approach that guides them as a business. We discover how this design philosophy has helped shape an exciting new scheme of 150 Passivhaus homes for the village of Kingstone, Herefordshire.

One the day this podcast was published the development - in conjunction with ArchiHaus - was granted planning approval! N.B. Our interview with Jonathan was recorded on 20th March 2013.

Direct download: HPH024.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:31pm UTC

Kingsley Barraclough shares his experience of building a house and explains why he decided to use structural insulated panels (SIPs).

Direct download: HPH023.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm UTC

Mark Saich from Green Building Solutions gives an insight into why straw bale building is becoming popular. He also addresses some of the issues that we may harbour around the safety and durability of this low impact and low carbon material.

Direct download: HPH022.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:38pm UTC