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

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, how he went about it and whether all the […]

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

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 1980’s after doing a lot of work with community groups. In […]

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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

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 O’Leary Tomás first learned about Passivhaus at […]

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

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 his own house build which is nearing […]

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

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 an architect, and together they run Createrra. […]

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HPH088 : Successful Tiny House Living – with Jay Shafer from Four Lights Tiny House Company

Jay Shafer from Four Lights Tiny House Company gives us the lowdown of tiny house living. He explains why he initially made the choice, how different life has been since and why he has never looked back. Jay also shares practical advice of what you need to know […]

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HPH087 : Assuring Quality When Building a House – with Andrew Peel from Peel Passive House Consulting

Andrew Peel from Peel Passive House Consulting explains why the quality assurance procedure is at the heart of the Passivhaus standard. He also feels the process can be useful to improve any building, even if not striving for the standard. Interview with Andrew Peel Andrew Peel is a low energy […]

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HPH086 : How to Visualise a New House – with Dylan Lamar from Green Hammer

Dylan Lamar from Green Hammer explains how design ideas are communicated in various different ways, from sketches drawn by hand to sophisticated computer models. He also shares the design process at Green Hammer, and how and why house plans evolve. Interview Dylan Lamar Architect Dylan Lamar is […]

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HPH085 : 10 Environmental Design Myths – with Sofie Pelsmakers from UCL

Sofie Pelsmakers, environmental architect and doctoral researcher at University College London (UCL), busts 10 common environmental design myths. This also serves as a good introduction to The Environmental Design Pocketbook. Interview with Sofie Pelsmakers Sofie Pelsmakers is passionate about contextual design, with the focus very much on […]

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