House Planning Help Podcast

Kym Mead from Mead Consulting explains what Passivhaus certification is, how the process works and why there is a difference between certified Passivhaus buildings and those that just adopt a 'Passivhaus principles' approach.

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Direct download: HPH356.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:29pm UTC

Lloyd Alter explains the term upfront carbon, its relevance to us all as consumers, and why he felt compelled to write a book on the topic.

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Direct download: HPH355.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:02pm UTC

Tilmann Kramolisch from natureplus explains why their eco label was established, how materials and products are assessed, and what it means to use a natureplus certified product on your project.

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Direct download: HPH354.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:21pm UTC

Speakers from the Passivhaus workshop event at the National Self Build and Renovation Centre in Swindon each share a top tip.

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Direct download: HPH353.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:42am UTC

Neighbours Wookey and Rob Leedham explain why they were motivated to retrofit their homes, how they built up knowledge and why engaging with others on a similar path has been extremely useful.

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Direct download: HPH352.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:14pm UTC

Linda Farrow from Agile Homes explains how their prefabricated panelised system can deliver high quality and truly affordable homes that are good for the planet.

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Direct download: HPH351.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:09am UTC

Ben Adam-Smith explains what value engineering is and how it can help us to do more with less. He reflects on a short video about Slate House in Herefordshire that includes some great examples of value engineering.

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Direct download: HPH350.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:42am UTC

Meredith Bowles from Mole Architects shares his experience working with timber as a construction material and explains the benefits and drawbacks of the different build approaches.

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Direct download: HPH349.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am UTC

Alexx Stuart from Low Tox Life shares her experiences of toxic mould exposure and offers some advice on how best to keep your home healthy and mould free.

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Direct download: HPH348.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:58am UTC

Amelia Lee from Undercover Architect shares some common themes that tend to crop up on owner-builder projects (particularly with people who are doing this for the first time) and explains how they can be avoided by creating a clear foundation of your values and project intentions.

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Direct download: HPH347.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:49am UTC

Andy Marlow from Envirotecture explains why Passivhaus homes are a good fit for most climates in Australia, how they approach these projects and what is needed beyond shading to keep the homes comfortable when the outdoor temperatures soar.

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Direct download: HPH346.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:53am UTC

Sarah Lewis, the Research and Policy Director at the UK Passivhaus Trust and author of PHPP Illustrated, explains what the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) is and how it is used during the design process.

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Direct download: HPH345.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:32pm UTC

Janice Gardiner, an ecologist and the client of last week’s interviewee Josh Wood at Green Trace Architect, is here to tell us what it is like to be the client on a Passivhaus project and share what she has learnt from the experience.

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Direct download: HPH344.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:24am UTC

Architect Josh Wood gives us an insight into his own self build project, where the balance between keeping costs low and creating a sustainable home have pushed him to come up with creative solutions. By undergoing most of the work themselves, Josh and his partner Amy have been able to transform their snug, back garden plot, into a comfortable and energy-efficient home. Josh explains how thinking outside of the box may be an excellent option if you are looking to get on to the property ladder with a smaller budget.

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Direct download: HPH343.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:52am UTC

Architect Kirsty Maguire explains why reusing an existing building is always preferable to demolishing and rebuilding. However, when buildings are in terrible condition or need radical alterations to make them habitable we should be looking to reuse, recycle and reclaim as many materials as possible. Kirsty shows us that with intentional and sustainable design, you can create a new structure with a wealth of history.

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Direct download: HPH342.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:06am UTC

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