House Planning Help Podcast

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

Matthew Cutler-Welsh from Home Style Green explains some of the challenges of creating sustainable urban systems. He also shares his goals as a podcaster, including championing healthier, better homes for New Zealand.

Direct download: HPH021.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:52am UTC

Andy Simmonds from Simmonds Mills Architects explains ventilation in the home, why it's important and what the options are if you're looking to retrofit a property for energy efficiency.

Direct download: HPH020.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:42pm UTC

Mark Brinkley considers why the UK has the smallest proportion of self build across Europe and what changes might need to occur if we wanted to adjust the balance. Mark shares why Germany's system is more likely to lead to higher standards and communities that embrace development.

Direct download: HPH019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:12pm UTC

London's Ecobuild has just concluded for another year and Ben Adam-Smith shares his experience of the event. In this episode he chats to four people he met there - Janet Cotterell from Passivhaus Homes, Jon Bootland from the Passivhaus Trust, Jo Gooding from the UK Cohousing Network and Robert Stern from Litmus Films.

Direct download: HPH018.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:25pm UTC

Justin Broadbent from isoenergy explains what a ground source heat pump is and how it could be used as a solution to make a period property energy efficient.

Direct download: HPH017.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:24am UTC

What's more important - preserving heritage architecture or retrofitting it to high energy efficiency? In our first forum on a Google+ Hangout we discuss some of the issues.

The Panel

Writer and blogger Roger Hunt (who appeared in our 10th podcast)

Writer and Passivhaus consultant Adam Dadeby from Passivhaus Homes (who appeared in our 5th podcast)

Homeowner Ross Atkin (who has recently retrofitted his Victorian house)

Direct download: HPH016.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:04pm UTC

Ben Adam-Smith shares an idea he has about using the Internet to communicate the need for incremental lifestyle change as an action to combat climate change. This one-off episode focusses on how you could use content marketing to get your message across. Cesar Abeid from The Construction Industry Podcast is Ben's guest and helps explain how content marketing works.

Direct download: HPH015.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:25pm UTC

Bill Butcher from Green Building Store shares his approach to creating a low energy barn conversion by building a box within a box. Stirley Community Farm will meet the EnerPHit standard.

Direct download: HPH014.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:42pm UTC