House Planning Help Podcast

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

As part of Ben Adam-Smith's video work, podcasts and meeting with other self builders, he is often asked questions about the Passivhaus standard that he doesn't know how to answer. He recently took the opportunity to put those questions to Elrond Burrell, as well as finding out about Elrond’s future plans as he gets ready to move back to New Zealand. 

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Direct download: HPH147.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm UTC

It can be difficult to know who to approach at your local authority, other than the planning department, if you’re looking to self build. And if you get a knockback where do you take it from there? Emma Osmundsen from Exeter City Council explains who you should be talking to and how working co-operatively and collaboratively could help with your plans to self build.

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Direct download: HPH146.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:48pm UTC

Building a 94m² Passivhaus with no south-facing glazing, on an infill plot in a conservation area posed many challenges! However architect Bernard Tulken’s Lansdowne Drive Passivhaus won a 2016 UK Passivhaus Trust Award. In this case study he talks us through the constraints and decision making involved.

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Direct download: HPH145.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:34pm UTC

Three self builders explain their next steps after struggling to find land upon which to build their new homes.

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Direct download: HPH144.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:21pm UTC

Ben Adam-Smith reviews the key decisions that may have led to failing to build an energy-efficient home within his desired 4-year timeframe.

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Direct download: HPH143.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:24pm UTC

Marine Sanchez is a building physics engineer and a Passivhaus Designer. She helps explain what a Passivhaus Designer does, when you might need one and how they work within a design team.

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Direct download: HPH142.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:30pm UTC