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Could ‘The Future of Housing’ be Homes Built to Passivhaus Standard?

In December 2014 we launched our first ever documentary ‘The Future of Housing – And How Airtightness Can Help’. I felt the subject matter was important because while insulation may register with most people as being essential for thermal efficiency, airtightness is still the mysterious cousin. So I wanted […]

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HPH084 : Is the Passivhaus Standard a Good Choice in All Climates? – with Clare Parry from Australian Passive House Association

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Clare Parry, Director of the Australian Passive House Association, explains what it means to work on Passivhaus projects in different climates. What, if anything, changes? Interview with Clare Parry Melbourne-based Clare Parry has always been interested in environmental sustainability but started […]

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HPH083 : Can You Live Sustainably in a City? – with Michael Mobbs

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Author Michael Mobbs reflects on what he’s learnt about sustainability over the last 20 years. From living without a car and bringing key services in-house (his home is not connected to mains water, mains electricity or mains drainage) to growing his own […]

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HPH082 : Do I Need Solar Photovoltaic (PV)? – with David Winterton from Ecological Design

Podcast: Play in new window | Download David Winterton from Sydney-based consultancy Ecological Design gives us a rundown of solar photovoltaic (solar PV). We find out how it works, what the key considerations are and why prices of PV panels always seem to be coming down!   Interview with […]

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HPH081 : Rainwater Harvesting From Your House – with Cath Hassell from ech2o consultants

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Cath Hassell from ech2o consultants explains what rainwater harvesting is, why it’s useful and how to get started. Interview with Cath Hassell Rainwater harvesting is just one way of stopping rainwater from getting into our drains and sewers. If the house is […]

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HPH080 : Behind the Scenes of Our Housing Documentary – with Paul Jennings from ALDAS

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Paul Jennings from ALDAS talks through some of the findings from the airtightness tests we carried out as part of our documentary. Watch Our Brand New Documentary! The Future of Housing – And How Airtightness Can Help got its first […]

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HPH079 : How Ventilation in the Home Has Evolved – with Mark Chesney from Beam

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Mark Chesney from Beam Vacuum & Ventilation explains how houses have become increasingly airtight and why this has had a significant impact on energy efficiency. He also shares why having a good ventilation strategy is so important.   The Future of Housing – […]

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HPH078 : Externally Insulating a Bungalow with Straw Bales – with John Butler

Podcast: Play in new window | Download John Butler tells the story of how he retrofitted a bungalow to be more energy efficient. Having carried out a lot of the work himself, he also shares what he’s learnt about airtightness and overheating.   The Future of Housing – Premiere! […]

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HPH077 : Inspiration as a Big Developer Loses Out on a Plot to a Local Group – with Jackson Moulding from Ashley Vale

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Jackson Moulding from Ecomotive tells the story of Ashley Vale, a group self build scheme in Bristol, UK, that initially had to fend off a large developer in order to secure a plot of land. The will of the local community was […]

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HPH076 : Getting the Foundations of a Building Right – with David Sharpe from Thomasons

Podcast: Play in new window | Download David Sharpe from Thomasons explains what the foundations are, why they must be site specific and how they could impact on the design of a building. Interview with David Sharpe David Sharpe is not only a chartered structural engineer but also a certified […]

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