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HPH097 : What Do You Get for Passivhaus Certification? – with Peter Warm from WARM (Passive House)

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Peter Warm from WARM: Low Energy Building Practice explains why building to Passivhaus standard is desirable, how certification comes into the equation, and what steps will increase your chances of reaching certification.   Interview with Peter Warm Peter has been […]

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HPH096 : Is Natural Ventilation Fit for Purpose? – with Kara Rosemeier from Passive House Academy New Zealand

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Kara Rosemeier from Passive House Academy New Zealand looks at why natural ventilation leads to little control of ventilation. She also shares why the Passivhaus approach is the logical step forwards.   Interview with Kara Rosemeier After starting out in physiotherapy, […]

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HPH095 : The Saskatchewan Conservation House – with Harold Orr

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Harold Orr reflects on why the Saskatchewan Conservation House was a landmark on the road to high performance buildings. Interview with Harold Orr Following his father and grandfather, Harold trained as a carpenter. From the age of 12 he had already […]

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HPH094 : 10 Insulation Types and When to Specify Them – with Brian Murphy from Green Building Encyclopaedia

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Brian Murphy from Green Building Encyclopaedia runs through the most common types of insulation and explains why they each have strengths and weaknesses. Interview with Brian Murphy Brian has spent 40 years in the industry, as an architect and as […]

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HPH093 : Building a House . . . And 10 Years Later Retrofitting It! – with Tad Everhart

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Tad Everhart, an energy adviser from Portland, Oregon, shares his story of building a house . . . which he retrofitted 10 years later after learning about Passivhaus. We find out why he was motivated to take on the challenge, […]

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HPH092 : Is Hempcrete a Good Material for Ecological Buildings? – with Professor Tom Woolley

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Professor Tom Woolley from Rachel Bevan Architects explains what hempcrete is, how it is mixed and applied, and what the pros and cons of using it are. Interview with Tom Woolley Tom became interested in environmental issues in the 1980s after doing a […]

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Why It’s So Hard to Find Land to Build a House On

Ben discusses the frustrating reality of watching developers build thousands of uninspiring houses in his home town, while he struggles to find a single suitable plot on which to build his dream home.   If you’re building a house in the Outer Hebrides, then you’re probably spoilt […]

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HPH091 : Why Build to Passivhaus Standard? – with Tomás O’Leary from Passive House Academy

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Tomás O’Leary from the Passive House Academy explains why he became an early adopter of the Passivhaus standard and also shares why we need to take every opportunity to retrofit existing buildings, even if it is a phased approach.   Interview with Tomás […]

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HPH090 : Should Your Architect, Builder and Tradespeople Have Certified Passivhaus Training? – with Darren Macri from Bleu Nest

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Darren Macri from Bleu Nest is a certified Passivhaus builder and consultant, and he explains what this means and how putting together a team who have had training is likely to benefit your low energy build. He also has insights into […]

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HPH089 : Can You Build to Passivhaus Standard Using Only Natural Materials? – with Bjørn Kierulf from Createrra

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Bjørn Kierulf from Createrra explains how you can have the best of both worlds, using almost entirely natural materials to create a house that reaches the Passivhaus Standard. Interview with Bjørn Kierulf Bjørn is an industrial designer and his wife is […]

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