House Planning Help Podcast

Jeremy Harris, a scientist by background, wanted a low energy house for his retirement. He talks about the initial stages of his self-build project: finding a plot of land and obtaining planning approval.

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Direct download: HPH154.mp3
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Phill Skill explains what building regulations are and how we comply with them.

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Direct download: HPH153.mp3
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We re-run an interview from 2014 with Stephen Gurney, who explains what causes poor airtightness test results and how they could have been avoided.

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Direct download: Encore_episode_-_Stephen_Gurney.mp3
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We re-run an interview from 2013 with Sarah Susanka, author of the Not So Big House. 

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Direct download: Encore_episode_-_Sarah_Susanka.mp3
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We re-run an interview from 2012 with the co-founder of the Passivhaus standard, Dr Wolfgang Feist.

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Mike Coe and his partner Lizzie created one of the UK’s most energy efficient homes. Now they’re looking to sell and start a new project elsewhere, they’re finding that they will have made a loss. Mike discusses why that might be, and whether it will change the way he thinks about his next self build.

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Direct download: HPH152.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:54pm UTC

We are currently following the progress of Buckinghamshire Passivhaus with video updates in The Hub. In order to provide some background to the project, we spoke to its architect, Janet Cotterell, about the reasons behind her clients decision to completely rebuild the house, rather than follow their original plans of refurbishing it to Passivhaus standard.

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Direct download: HPH151.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:48pm UTC

We have been following Alex Baines’ Long Barrow Passivhaus self build project in previous podcast and Hub episodes. This time we catch up with him to use his experience of working in the renewables industry, together with his current role as a Passivhaus consultant, to understand how renewables and a fabric first approach can be balanced when building your own energy efficient house. 

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Direct download: HPH150.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:57pm UTC

Until fairly recently Paul Buckingham was carrying out airtightness tests on volume built houses. He explains how his role was to make the house pass the test, not about making the house energy efficient.

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Direct download: HPH149.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:22pm UTC

Dean Scott and his wife Hannah have never found anywhere they liked enough to buy and have long had a dream to self build instead. With the release of plots at the Graven Hill development in Oxfordshire, they are now looking to start the process and get building!

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Direct download: HPH148.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:49pm UTC