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HPH063 : Smart Energy and Data – with Doug King

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Doug King explains what smart energy systems are, how they work and whether we should be embracing them in our new homes.   The Local Self Build Register If you’re looking to build a house (in the UK) but are […]

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HPH062 : Does a Passivhaus Need a Heating System? – with Alan Clarke

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Building services engineer Alan Clarke explains what factors should be considered when choosing a heating system for a low energy home. Interview with Alan Clarke Alan Clarke has been involved in energy and buildings his whole career. He’s worked on a […]

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HPH061 : Should My House be Off-Grid?

Podcast: Play in new window | Download If the idea of going ‘off-grid’ excites you, then perhaps now is a great time to be doing it. We live in an era where the cost of items such as solar panels is continually dropping and this is juxtaposed […]

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HPH060 : What to Expect from a Detailed Energy Assessment – with Graham Hunter from Parity Projects

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Graham Hunter from Parity Projects conducts an energy assessment of a country house. He talks through the process as he goes about it and explains how the collected data will be used.   2014 UK Passivhaus Awards – the Winners Each year the Passivhaus […]

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HPH059 : What Qualities Should an MVHR System Bring to a Low Energy Building? – with Andrew Farr from Green Building Store

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Andrew Farr from Green Building Store explains what qualities mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR) should bring to a house. He also shares how to make sure you get a system that is properly designed, installed and commissioned. Interview with […]

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HPH058 : Does it Cost More to Build a Passivhaus? – with Chris Parsons from Parsons + Whittley

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Chris Parsons from Parsons + Whittley architects shares his experience of the costs behind Passivhaus. Interview with Chris Parsons Chris Parsons from Parsons + Whittley architects has always had a focus on making buildings as efficient as they can possibly be. With […]

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HPH057 : Low Impact Living Affordable Community (LILAC) – with Joe Atkinson

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Joe Atkinson explains how the LILAC cohousing community came together and why their project is affordable for everyone. Interview with Joe Atkinson Around 2005, Joe got quite interested in fuel depletion and climate change. At the time, Joe had a […]

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HPH056 : Which Build System is Best to Create a Low Energy Home? – with Piers Taylor from Invisible Studio Architects

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Piers Taylor from Invisible Studio Architects explains what a build system is, why you would use one over another and whether any are preferable when it comes to creating low energy houses. Interview with Piers Taylor It was after seeing […]

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HPH055 : Homes That Are Resistant to Extreme Weather (Hurricanes) – with Steve Mouzon from Original Green

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Steve Mouzon from Original Green helps answer a question (from Frank Wiley) about what houses we should be building in areas that are prone to hurricanes or other extreme weather.   Interview with Steve Mouzon Steve Mouzon from the Orignal Green blog […]

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HPH054 : Building an Autonomous House – with Mike Coe

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Mike Coe lives in an autonomous house with his partner Lizzie Stoodley. He shares the story behind this self-build project and why it’s ultimately left them with a deeper connection to their environment. Take a Video Tour of the Autonomous House Mike has […]

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