House Planning Help Podcast

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
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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

Andrew Collinson explains what the role of structural engineer entails. He also runs through his most frequent tasks on housing projects, outlines how he might interact within a team and gives tips for how to find good structural engineers.

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Direct download: HPH141.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:20pm UTC

A quantity surveyor can add far more value to a project than just working out how much your project is likely to cost. Jerry Thomas explains the role of a quantity surveyor, when you should employ one and how it could benefit your self build.

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Direct download: HPH140.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:35pm UTC

Tomas Gartner describes building biology as “a more holistic approach to achieving sustainable, low energy buildings with a more human focus." He explains how it is nothing to be feared or fanatical about, but is a sensible approach to understanding the risks and trying to improve them wherever possible.

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Direct download: HPH139.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:30pm UTC